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A new paradigm in drug use and human health risk assessment: Sewage profiling at the community level

Objective

SEWPROF aims to develop inter-disciplinary and cross-sectoral research capability for the next generation of scientists working in the newly-emerging field of sewage epidemiology. It will provide an integrated approach towards public health monitoring at a community level based on innovative sewage epidemiology techniques. The approach will deliver real-time profiling of community-wide health and lifestyle through the analysis of human biomarkers in sewage using a wide-range of methods including hyphenated mass spectrometry techniques, bioanalytical techniques and real-time sensing. The innovative research strategy of obtaining epidemiological information from sewage has been pioneered by members of the SEWPROF team, and, although still in its infancy, is currently used to determine illicit drug use trends at community level via the analysis of urinary biomarkers in sewage. SEWPROF aims to advance knowledge of the epidemiology of (illicit) drug use and to bridge gaps in the available expertise with the ultimate goal of applying this cutting edge interdisciplinary approach within epidemiological studies of societal health. This conceptually simple but methodologically sophisticated epidemiological approach could become an early warning system for outbreaks of disease and a unique tool for the identification of hot-spots for pandemics. This will be achieved through bringing together leaders in the field across Europe in academia, research institutes and the private sector and utilising their expertise and commitment in training a highly employable cohort of researchers who will acquire advanced knowledge in the field through an interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral training programme delivered by world class research-led organisations and industrial partners.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/epidemiology
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/public and environmental health
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/analytical chemistry/mass spectrometry

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF BATH
Address
Claverton Down
BA2 7AY Bath
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 730 268,29
Administrative Contact
Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern (Dr.)

Participants (10)

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR VANNFORSKNING
Norway
EU contribution
€ 599 599,44
Address
Gaustadalleen 21
0349 Oslo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Kevin Thomas (Dr.)
UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 459 470
Address
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerpen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anne Adams (Ms.)
ISTITUTO DI RICERCHE FARMACOLOGICHE MARIO NEGRI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 482 988
Address
Via Mario Negri 2
20156 Milano
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sara Castiglioni (Dr.)
EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FUER WASSERVERSORGUNG ABWASSERREINIGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 273 261,34
Address
Uberlandstrasse 133
8600 Dubendorf
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Laura Klein (Ms.)
KWR WATER B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 268 748,26
Address
Groningenhaven 7
3433 PE Nieuwegein
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pim De Voogt (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAT JAUME I DE CASTELLON
Spain
EU contribution
€ 259 364,82
Address
Avenida Vicent Sos Baynat S/n
12006 Castellon De La Plana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ismael Rodrigo-Martinez (Mr.)
TICTAC COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 271 745,76
Address
Harwood Road 43 Harwood House
SW6 4QP London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Ramsey (Mr.)
UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Norway
EU contribution
€ 295 447,02
Address
Problemveien 5-7
0313 Oslo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Unn-Hilde Grasmo-Wendler (Ms.)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 301 048,66
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Birte Kastrup Rasmussen (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAT DES SAARLANDES
Germany
EU contribution
€ 236 289,68
Address
Campus
66123 Saarbrucken
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Markus Meyer (Dr.)