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European Study of Cohorts for Air Pollution Effects

Objective

European policy making is hampered by considerable uncertainty about the magnitude and nature of the impacts of long term exposure to air pollution on human health. ESCAPE is a collaboration of more than 30 European cohort studies including some 900,000 subjects. It is aimed at quantifying health impacts of air pollution and at reducing uncertainty. ESCAPE will also test new hypotheses on specific health effects of air pollution. ESCAPE will focus on effects of within-city, within-area and within-country contrasts in air pollution, and so will enable Europe to remain at the cutting edge worldwide for further development and application of methods which have been largely pioneered here. ESCAPE will make measurements of airborne particulate matter and nitrogen oxides in selected regions in Europe. It will measure the chemical composition of the collected particles and it will store samples for future chemical and toxicological analyses. Escape will focus on four categories of cohort studies: 1. Pregnancy outcome and birth cohort studies; 2. Studies on respiratory disease in adults; 3. Studies on cardiovascular disease in adults; 4. Studies on cancer incidence and mortality. ESCAPE responds to a specific FP7 call for a large collaborative project in the Environment and Health program. The call asks for research within existing cohorts among children as well as elderly adults as sensitive groups, and it asks to consider the role of other environmental exposures such as noise, and of biomarkers and gene-environment interactions. Whereas ESCAPE will focus, as requested, on air pollution and to a lesser extent traffic noise exposures, studies have been included which contain a wealth of data on other exposures (e.g., drinking water contaminants), on biomarkers and on genetics. ESCAPE will actively engage stakeholder organisations and policy makers so that results can be swiftly translated to support policy development and implementation.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Address

Heidelberglaan 8
3584 Cs Utrecht

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 523 000

Administrative Contact

Monique Hoek Van Der (Ms.)

Participants (25)

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ETHNIKO KAI KAPODISTRIAKO PANEPISTIMIO ATHINON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 116 004

PANEPISTIMIO KRITIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 117 625

AZIENDA SANITARIA LOCALE ROMA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 263 375

UNIVERSITAT BASEL

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 543 711

FUNDACIO CENTRE DE RECERCA EN EPIDEMIOLOGIA AMBIENTAL - CREAL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 419 539

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 595 000

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 107 126

HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM MUENCHEN DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUER GESUNDHEIT UND UMWELT GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 329 505

INSTITUT FUR UMWELTMEDIZINISCHE FORSCHUNG AN DER HEINRICH-HEINE-UNIVERSITAT DUSSELDORF GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 97 125

UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 100 750

UNIVERSITAET ULM

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 57 750

KRAEFTENS BEKAEMPELSE

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 192 500

FOLKEHELSEINSTITUTTET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 149 307

KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 279 000

UMEA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 106 998

INSTITUT DE VEILLE SANITAIRE

France

EU Contribution

€ 123 500

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA SANTE ET DE LA RECHERCHE MEDICALE

France

EU Contribution

€ 178 000

TERVEYDEN JA HYVINVOINNIN LAITOS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 133 500

VYTAUTO DIDZIOJO UNIVERSITETAS

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 79 925

NEMZETI NEPEGESZSEGUGYI KOZPONT

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 79 925

INSTITUTE OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 20 000

RIJKSINSTITUUT VOOR VOLKSGEZONDHEID EN MILIEU

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 165 315

MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 33 993,67

NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSITY

Taiwan

HELLENIC HEALTH FOUNDATION

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 46 500

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 211250

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2008

  • End date

    30 November 2012

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 218 266,97

  • EU contribution

    € 5 858 973,67

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands