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Climate change, Environmental contaminants and Reproductive health

Climate change, Environmental contaminants and Reproductive health

Objective

The research project investigates the possible impact of global climate change on reproductive health in one Arctic and two European populations. The key questions to be addressed are, firstly, how may climate change influence human exposure to widespread environmental contaminants and, secondly, how may contaminants impact occurrence of reproductive disorders as sensitive indicators of health? To provide affirmative answers to these questions the proposal will as a first step identify and describe mechanisms by which a changing climate may affect the exposure of Arctic and other human populations to contaminants through change in chemical use and emissions, delivery to the arctic ecosystem as well as processing within the arctic physical environment and human food chain. This work relies on modelling of existing data. Secondly, the project will expand the existing knowledge database on human exposure to polybrominated biphenylethers, perfluorinated surfactants and phthalates by analyses of 1000 biobanked serum samples collected in a EU FP5 project. Thirdly, the project will increase the limited knowledge on links between human exposure to contaminants and reproductive health. This work relies on a large existing parent-child-cohort, where a follow-up survey provide new data that are fed into risk assessment. Furthermore we will perform reviews of experimental and epidemiological literature to identify critical reproductive effects and exposure-response data for selected compounds as input to the risk assessment. Finally the project will integrate data on climate induced changes in contaminant mobility and distribution and links between contaminant exposure and reproductive health into a risk evaluation providing insight into possible future risk scenarios related to global climate change. The project draws upon a network of experts in climate modelling and in experimental, epidemiological and risk assessment methodologies and builds upon three established cohorts in Greenland, Poland and Ukraine.
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Coordinator

AARHUS UNIVERSITETSHOSPITAL

Address

Palle Juul-Jensens Boulevard 99
8200 Aarhus

Denmark

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 551 505,60

Administrative Contact

Gunnar Toft (Dr.)

Participants (7)

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LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 814 200

THE GOVERNING COUNCIL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

Canada

EU Contribution

€ 81 360

GRONLANDS NATURINSTITUT

Greenland

EU Contribution

€ 170 280

NARODOWY INSTYTUT ZDROWIA PUBLICZNEGO-PANSTWOWY ZAKLAD HIGIENY

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 125 340

Kharkiv National Medical University

Ukraine

EU Contribution

€ 91 500

AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 132 778

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 410 640

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 226217

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2009

  • End date

    31 October 2013

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 181 078,80

  • EU contribution

    € 2 377 603,60

Coordinated by:

AARHUS UNIVERSITETSHOSPITAL

Denmark