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International Cooperation for the Advancement of Research on the Underlying System of Human Thermoregulation

Objective

It is beyond any doubt that environmental heat affects tremendously people’s physiological functioning and, in turn, their psychological, social and cultural well being. Classic heat illness and death are major public health issues during exposure to heat stress, particularly for infants, individuals with cardiovascular and respiratory disease and the elderly. The current proposal addresses several mechanisms that may explain the sequence of events leading to heat stroke and death and will improve the existing preventive strategies designed to mitigate heat-induced morbidity and mortality. The objective of the ICARUS joint exchange programme is to foster the development of a multi-national centre of excellence for environmental physiology through balanced exchanges of research staff between eminent European-based research entities and an internationally-renowned research centre based in a third country. The beneficiaries include the Institute Jozef Stefan (IJS) in Slovenia, the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) in The Netherlands, and the Centre for Research and Technology Thessaly (CRT) in Greece. The partner is the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa. In this light, ICARUS fits perfectly within the scope of IRSES which aims in establishing long-term research cooperations through coordinated joint programmes of balanced research staff exchanges in thematic areas that are relevant to the European population. Moreover, the participants’ experience and specialisation in environmental physiology and particularly in research related to environmental heat exposure as well as their extensive infrastructures available will provide the level of quality required to transform the ICARUS joint exchange programme into a multi-national centre of excellence for environmental physiology.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2009-IRSES
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Coordinator

INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN
Address
Jamova 39
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Igor Mekjavic (Dr.)
EU contribution
€ 50 400

Participants (3)

KENTRO EREVNAS TECHNOLOGIAS KAI ANAPTYXIS THESSALIAS

Participation ended

Greece
EU contribution
€ 52 200
Address
Technologiko Parko A Vipe
38500 Volos
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andreas Flouris (Dr.)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 48 600
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Hein Daanen (Dr.)
ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andreas Flouris (Dr.)