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24/02/2016

"The role of environmental obesogens in childhood obesity - can pollutants make our children fat?" a càrrec de Dra. Martine Vrijheid

Sala Xipre (173.06-1a planta IMIM) a les 15:00 hores

En el marc de les sessions d'Epidemiologia i Salut Pública de l'IMIM, el proper dia 24 de febrer a les 15:00 h tindrà lloc a la Sala Xipre, la sessió "The role of environmental obesogens in childhood obesity - can pollutants make our children fat?" a càrrec de Dra. Martine Vrijheid, investigadora del Centre de Recerca en Epidemiologia Ambiental (CREAL).

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Abstract en anglès

Recent years have seen rapid development of hypotheses surrounding the obesogenic effects of a wide range of chemical exposures, largely based on experimental evidence. Few human studies have been able to evaluate obesogenic effects in prospective longitudinal studies with a clear temporal separation between exposure assessment and obesity assessment in order to delineate causal direction of the association. Few also have measured exposures in-utero, a period of metabolic programming that appears to be a sensitive window for setting the lifetime metabolic trajectory. We therefore evaluated the effects of prenatal chemical exposure to suspected obesogens (persistent organic pollutants - POPs, bisphenol A – BPA, and phthalates) by tracking their effects over the growth trajectory from prenatal growth to early postnatal growth and obesity in young children. This work is based in the Spanish INMA birth cohort study, where more than 2000 mother-child pairs are followed up from recruitment during the first trimester of pregnancy through childhood.

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Martine Vrijheid received her PhD in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in 2000. She then joined the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as staff-scientist to study health effects of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation exposures. In 2008 she joined the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL), Barcelona, where she specialises in environmental (chemical, physical, and social) exposures and their effects on child health and development. She has longstanding experience in the coordination of large multi-centre research projects in environmental epidemiology, most recently as leader of the EC FP7 funded project HELIX (the Human Early Life Exposome project), which aims to characterise early-life exposure to a wide range of environmental hazards and link these with child health outcomes in European birth cohort studies. She has been instrumental in the building of a network of birth cohorts in Europe as part of the FP7 ENRIECO and CHICOS projects. Further, she is one of main investigators and member of the steering committee of the INMA Spanish birth cohort study and leads several international projects on childhood electromagnetic field health risks.

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