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Climate change, Environmental contaminants and Reproductive health

Objective

The research project investigates the possible impact of global climate change on reproductive health in one Arctic and two European populations. The key questions to be addressed are, firstly, how may climate change influence human exposure to widespread environmental contaminants and, secondly, how may contaminants impact occurrence of reproductive disorders as sensitive indicators of health? To provide affirmative answers to these questions the proposal will as a first step identify and describe mechanisms by which a changing climate may affect the exposure of Arctic and other human populations to contaminants through change in chemical use and emissions, delivery to the arctic ecosystem as well as processing within the arctic physical environment and human food chain. This work relies on modelling of existing data. Secondly, the project will expand the existing knowledge database on human exposure to polybrominated biphenylethers, perfluorinated surfactants and phthalates by analyses of 1000 biobanked serum samples collected in a EU FP5 project. Thirdly, the project will increase the limited knowledge on links between human exposure to contaminants and reproductive health. This work relies on a large existing parent-child-cohort, where a follow-up survey provide new data that are fed into risk assessment. Furthermore we will perform reviews of experimental and epidemiological literature to identify critical reproductive effects and exposure-response data for selected compounds as input to the risk assessment. Finally the project will integrate data on climate induced changes in contaminant mobility and distribution and links between contaminant exposure and reproductive health into a risk evaluation providing insight into possible future risk scenarios related to global climate change. The project draws upon a network of experts in climate modelling and in experimental, epidemiological and risk assessment methodologies and builds upon three established cohorts in Greenland, Poland and Ukraine.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/social biomedical sciences/sexual health
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/atmospheric sciences/climatology/climatic changes

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project
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Coordinator

AARHUS UNIVERSITETSHOSPITAL
Address
Palle Juul-jensens Boulevard 99
8200 Aarhus
Denmark
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 551 505,60
Administrative Contact
Gunnar Toft (Dr.)

Participants (7)

MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 814 200
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bo Jönsson (Prof.)
THE GOVERNING COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
Canada
EU contribution
€ 81 360
Address
Kings College Circle 27
M5S 1A1 Toronto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Frank Wania (Prof.)
GRONLANDS NATURINSTITUT
Greenland
EU contribution
€ 170 280
Address
Kivioq 2
3900 Nuuk
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Henning Sloth Pedersen (Mr.)
NARODOWY INSTYTUT ZDROWIA PUBLICZNEGO-PANSTWOWY ZAKLAD HIGIENY
Poland
EU contribution
€ 125 340
Address
Chocimska 24
00791 Warszawa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jan Ludwicki (Prof.)
Kharkiv National Medical University
Ukraine
EU contribution
€ 91 500
Address
Lenin Avenue 4
61022 Kharkiv
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Valentyna Zvezday (Prof.)
AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 132 778
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
000196 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carmine Marchetti (Dr.)
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 410 640
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Monique M. Hoek Van Der (Ms.)