Research priorities of the Section of Environmental Health
Environmental factors have great impact on health, and rational prevention requires deep knowledge of exposure, mechanisms of action and causal relationships with respect to development of disease. The Section conducts research into the influence of environmental factors on public health, using research methods ranging from experimental models to register-based epidemiology.
The research is focused on the interaction between environmental factors and vulnerability, including groups such as the foetus, children and the elderly. The principal emphasis is on the development of:
- Molecular and functional assessment of exposure, susceptibility and effects
- Experimental in vitro and in vivo model systems
- Alternatives to animal experimentation
applied in the study of
• Health effects on children and pregnant women of exposure to chemical agents
• Health effects of particles produced by atmospheric pollution and nanotechnology
• Medical and environmental psychology
Within these areas of focus the section will concentrate its efforts with regard to advanced in vitro toxicology, health effects of particles, development, aging and cognition with focus on oxidative stress and epigenetics as mechanisms of action; this is outlined in a new cross-sectional research theme: Development, Cognition and Healthy Aging despite Oxidative Stress.
Ongoing research projects in
Molecular Epidemiology and Toxicology Group
Unit of Medical Psychology
Environmental Epidemiology Group
The Research Group on Human Biomonitoring