RECETOX studies contaminants and their behavior and models their long-distance transport and bioaccumulation 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 to break them down.
Our extensive expertise enables us to explore the complex relationships between contaminated ecosystems and population health, biodiversity, and climate change, assess their local and regional impacts, and develop water and soil remediation technologies and tools.
Environment and Health
In recent years, the Center's research focus has expanded to cover the various 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 are facing long-term rising healthcare costs and thus pressure on health insurance systems. This makes chronic diseases, together with health inequalities, one of the most difficult problems of the 21st century that cannot be effectively addressed without clarifying and exploring the factors that determine the health of humans and entire populations..
Individuals and populations are exposed to a number of physical influences, such as heat, noise or light pollution, as well as a wide range of chemicals and mixtures thereof. They enter the body through food, products which are used daily, water or ambient air, but also through indoor environments (buildings, offices) or by the nature of ones profession. Many of these chemicals have been shown to interfere with the proper functioning of the endocrine or immune system, causing neurodevelopmental, metabolic or reproductive disorders. The combined effects of toxic mixtures and other environmental factors that also affect stress, socio-economic determinants, lifestyle or eating habits are not yet fully understood.
Our aim is therefore to build a research capacity to examine the exposure of the population to the above-mentioned environmental factors (so-called exposome), to estimate the internal exposure and individual sensitivity of individuals, to predict risks to human health and to contribute to clarifying the etiology of chronic conditions.