Completed Projects

ALEC – Aging Lungs in European Cohorts under Grant Agreement 633212

This proposal will improve our understanding of the determinants and risk factors for low lung function, respiratory disability and the development of chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), through exploitation of information held within existing cohorts and their population-based biobanks. [more...]

Borax - Capacity building and strengthen health care systems in small-scale gold mining areas

Mercury is extensively used in artisanal small-scale gold mining in many parts of the world. Mercury-free mining technologies are urgently needed to protect the biophysical environment and human health. [more...]

DALYs of ASGM in Zimbabwe – Disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) due to mercury use in artisanal small-scale gold mining (ASGM)

Artisanal small-scale gold mining (ASGM) is a poverty-driven activity practiced in over 70 countries worldwide. Zimbabwe is amongst the top ten countries using large quantities of mercury to extract gold from ore [more...]

DiWIntox-1: first part of the project disability weights for chronic mercury intoxication

Toxic mercury is still today occupationally used like in gold mining procedures, resulting in diverse health symptoms in users and individuals close by. A considerable burden of disease (BoD) can be assumed, while previous analyses were limited by data scarcity. [more...]

DiWIntox-2: second part of the project disability weights for chronic mercury intoxication (in process)

A recent analysis of the DALYs attributable to mercury exposure of gold miners in Zimbabwe (Steckling et al. (2014). Environ Health, 13:111) provides a preliminary estimate of the disease burden with one of the major limiting factors of the analysis being the missing disability weight of chronic mercury intoxication. [more...]

Global DALYs of ASGM – Global Disability-Adjusted Life Years of Chronic Mercury Intoxication due to the use of Mercury in Artisanal Small-Scale Gold Mining

Artisanal small-scale gold mining (ASGM) is the largest anthropogenic source for mercury emissions. Miners are highly exposed to toxic mercury, which causes negative health effects. [more...]

HEALS - Health and Environment-wide Associations based on Large population Surveys

Assessing individual exposure to environmental stressors and predicting health outcomes implies that both environmental exposures and epi/genetic variations are reliably measured simultaneously. [more...]

Ozone (UBA)

Quantification of the burden of disease caused by ozone exposure in Germany for the years 2007-2016. [more...]

Training Modules for Medical Assistants

The climate change will have more and more influence on the general publics' health. [more...]

Training Modules for Paediatricians - Health effects of climate change

The aim of this project is to provide scientific knowledge on climate change-related health risks for children and adolescents as well as to provide necessary skills for new challenges in diagnosis, therapy and prevention, and therefore helping to enable adequate preventive and curative action. [more...]

ZimGoBio (BMU)

Artisanal and small scale gold mining; Final data analysis. [more...]