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Novel Methods for Íntegrated Risk Assessment of Cumulative Stressors in Europe

Novel Methods for Íntegrated Risk Assessment of Cumulative Stressors in Europe

Objective

To support current and future European strategies, in particular for environment and health, there is an urgent need for development of methods for assessing the cumulative risks from combined exposures to multiple stressors including from complex mixtures of chemical, physical, and biological agents. This presented IP will help support the development and improvement of a coherent series of methodologies that will be underpinned by mechanistic understanding, while integrating the risk analysis approaches of environmental and human health. The project will deliver understanding and tools for sound risk assessment, developing a research framework for the description and interpretation of combined stressor effects that leads to the identification of biomarkers and other indicators of cumulative impacts. The IP will help increase knowledge on the transfer of pollutants between different environmental compartments, including how these processes are influenced by natural stressors such as climate, and on the impact of cumulative stressors, including chemical mixtures. This will facilitate the link information concerning the condition of air, water, soil and the built environment with human and ecosystem health monitoring data. By developing and using improved assessment tools and novel models, the project will quantify and aim at reducing uncertainty in current risk assessment and screening methodologies, e.g. by improving the scientific basis for setting safety factors. The new methods will take into account geographical, ecological, social and cultural differences across Europe. The IP consortium is highly competent in the relevant areas, counting leading scientists within human toxicology and epidemiology, aquatic and terrestrial ecotoxicology, environmental chemistry/biochemistry, toxicogenomics, physics, mathematical modelling, geographic informatics, and socio-economic science.

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Coordinator

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Address

Nordre Ringgade 1
Aarhus C

Denmark

Administrative Contact

Hans LØKKE (Dr)

Participants (38)

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NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUER UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ

Germany

RADBOUD UNIVERSITEIT NIJMEGEN - STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT

Netherlands

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DEL PIEMONTE ORIENTALE AMEDEO AVOGADRO

Italy

VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG

Netherlands

STATNI ZDRAVOTNI USTAV

Czechia

KING' S COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

UNIWERSYTET JAGIELLONSKI.

Poland

EBERHARD-KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN

Germany

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITEIT

Netherlands

UNIVERSIDADE DE AVEIRO

Portugal

WRC-NSF LTD

United Kingdom

LEMNATEC GMBH

Germany

PARIS LODRON UNIVERSITAET SALZBURG

Austria

COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - DIRECTORATE GENERAL JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE - JRC

Belgium

SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS

Finland

KAUNO TECHNOLOGIJOS UNIVERSITETAS

Lithuania

ALTERRA B.V.

Netherlands

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

RIJKSINSTITUUT VOOR VOLKSGEZONDHEID EN MILIEU

Netherlands

LIMCO INTERNATIONAL

Germany

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany

CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE SCIENZE DEL MARE

Italy

PARCO SCIENTIFICO TECNOLOGICO PER L'AMBIENTE - ENVIRONMENT PARK TORINO SPA

Italy

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

LANCASTER UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

DIALOGIK GEMEINNUETZIGE GESELLSCHAFT FUER KOMMUNIKATIONS- UND KOOPERATIONSFORSCHUNG MBH

Germany

UNIVERSITAT ROVIRA I VIRGILI

Spain

LHASA LTD

United Kingdom

BOURGAS PROF. ASSEN ZLATAROV UNIVERSITY

Bulgaria

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

United Kingdom

INSTITUT SYMLOG DE FRANCE

France

DANMARKS MILJOEUNDERSOEGELSER.

Denmark

ECT OEKOTOCXIKOLOGIE GMBH

Germany

UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN

Belgium

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 3956

  • Start date

    1 November 2004

  • End date

    31 October 2009

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 14 413 490

  • EU contribution

    € 10 000 000

Coordinated by:

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark