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Assessing the risks of environmental stressors: Contribution to the development of integrating methodology

Assessing the risks of environmental stressors: Contribution to the development of integrating methodology

Objective

ENVIRISK develops an integrated methodological framework to identify health risks caused by exposures to environmental factors, with a view to provide for quantitative assessment and comparison of the benefits of alternative prevention and targeted policy measures against their respective costs. Specific aims include assessment of existing information on exposure and health effects, establishment of links between exposure and health including framework and protocol development, and contribution to the W HO ECEH Environment and Health Information System (ENHIS-2). ENVIRISK is based on two major national environment and health programs covering multiple exposure situations and multiple health outcomes, and one in the Czech and Slovak Republics during the past 15 years.

Based on the databases of these programs and on the recent methodological developments, the required frameworks for assessment of exposure and of relations between exposure and health will be developed, and piloted on studies on several exposure and health indicator relationships:
(1) exposure to atmospheric PAH and pregnancy outcome,
(2) exposure to PCBs, dibenzofurans and dioxins and neuro developmental and endocrine effects, and
(3) exposure to atmospheric particulate matter and other irritants and respiratory morbidity and mortality.

The results of these exposure and health indicators, as well as the assessment of preventive policies will be evaluated with the overlapping ENHIS team and contributed to ENHIS-2. ENVIRISK is structured in four work packages, Exposure assessment, Environmental health assessment, Contribution to ENHIS and Coordination. The first two work packages will use the same case studies for the development and implementation of their frameworks. The results will review the available information and scientific background, and present analyses and recommendations.

Coordinator

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING

Address

Instituttveien 18
Kjeller

Norway

Administrative Contact

Alena BARTONOVA (RNDr)

Participants (6)

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TERVEYDEN JA HYVINVOINNIN LAITOS

Finland

USTAV EXPERIMENTALNI MEDICINY AKADEMIE VED CESKE REPUBLIKY

Czechia

ZDRAVOTNI USTAV SE SIDLEM V KOLINE

Czechia

UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE

United Kingdom

SLOVENSKA ZDRAVOTNICKA UNIVERZITA

Slovakia

TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Israel

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 44232

  • Start date

    1 March 2007

  • End date

    28 February 2009

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 050 845

  • EU contribution

    € 900 000

Coordinated by:

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING

Norway