RECETOX studies contaminants and their behavior and models their long-distance transport and accumulation in living organisms; this includes evaluating the effects of toxic substances, the risks they pose to the environment and health, and developing methods and tools for breaking them down.
The extensive expertise of RECETOX staff enables us to explore the interdisciplinary relationships between ecosystem contamination and population health, biodiversity or climate change, assess local and regional impacts, and develop new remediation and remediation technologies for water and soil.
Environment and Health
In recent years, the Center's research has expanded to include research into issues related to a wide range of factors affecting human health and well-being, the so-called exposome, chemical safety and the development of biotechnology, materials and bioinformatics tools for biomedicine.
As a result of the increasing burden of chronic diseases, aging populations, and increasing societal demands, most developed countries face long-term rising healthcare costs and thus pressure on health insurance systems. This makes chronic diseases and health inequalities two of the most challenging problems of the 21st century. Effectively addressing them requires that the factors determining human health and entire populations are first clarified and explored.
Individuals and populations are exposed to many physical factors, such as heat, noise, light pollution, and a wide range of chemicals and mixtures. They enter the body through food, products used daily, water, or ambient air, but also through indoor environments (buildings, offices) or by the nature of one's profession. Many of these chemicals have been shown to interfere with the proper functioning of the endocrine (hormonal) or immune system, causing neurodevelopmental, metabolic, or reproductive disorders. The combined effects of toxic mixtures, the environment, and other factors such as stress, socio-economic determinants, lifestyle, or eating habits are not yet fully understood.
Therefore, our aim is to build a research capacity for examining the population’s exposure to the environmental factors (so-called exposome) mentioned above, estimate internal exposures and sensitivities of individuals, predict the risks to human health, and contribute to clarifying the etiology of chronic conditions.