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Barcelona Institute for Global Health

ISGlobal is a cutting-edge institution with the aim to address global public health challenges through research and education. ISGlobal is one of the main research centres in Global Health in Europe with 30 research groups and more than 350 people and affiliation to two leading universities (University of Barcelona and Pompeu Fabra University). ISGlobal has a broad international research portfolio in communicable and non-communicable diseases, with special attention to environmental health determinants. ISGlobal has multidisciplinary expertise in environmental epidemiology, exposome methods, urban environment exposure assessment, geographical information systems, biostatistics, urban health studies, and longitudinal birth cohort research.

Key people

Prof. Martine Vrijdeid, Ph

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is an environmental epidemiologist whose main research focuses on the effects of environmental exposures on child health. She coordinated the FP7 funded projects HELIX (The Human Early-Life Exposome – novel tools for integrating early-life environmental exposures and child health across Europe) and CHICOS (Developing a Child Cohort Research Strategy for Europe), and as such has spearheaded the push for a more holistic “exposome” approach to the assessment of early life environmental exposures. In several H2020 projects she leads WPs and tasks related to the development of urban exposome methodology (LifeCycle - Early-life stressors and LifeCycle health - consortium with over 40 European birth cohorts) and STOP (Science and Technology in childhood Obesity Policy). She is also Co-PI and head of the executive committee of the INMA Spanish birth cohorts and co leads the Childhood and Environment program of ISGlobal. Previous experience at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Over 190 PubMed publications; Scopus H-index 51; >8500 citations.

Dr. Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, Prof, PhD

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is an expert in exposure assessment, epidemiology, and health risk assessment with a focus on healthy urban living. He led the EC-funded PHENOTYPE ( study of the relations between green space and health. He was a co-investigator in the ICEPURE ( study of exposure to and health effects of solar UV exposure; the ESCAPE ( (and related (VE3SPA)) study of the long term health effects of air pollution; the NIH-funded CAVA study which aims to validate smartphone based data collection methods; and EC-funded studies including CITISENSE that aims to empower citizens using smartphone technology, HELIX studying the early life exposome and childhood diseases, EXPOsOMICs studying the air pollution and water
exposome and health, and the PASTA studying sustainable transport and BlueHealth, studying the relationship between blue space and health. He published over 400 peer reviewed paper, 30 book chapters and edited 4 books; Scopus H-index 71.

Dr. Xavier Basagaña, MD, PhD

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is associate professor, expert in biostatistics, and leads the ISGlobal
Statistics Research Group. His research focuses on statistical methods, in particular longitudinal study
design, treatment of missing data and effect of measurement error. He is also conducting research on the
health effects of exposure to air pollution and to extreme temperatures. He is the leader of the statistical
group of the HELIX project, aimed at developing new statistical tools to manage big data sets on exposome
data, and member of the statistical group in the European projects ESCAPE, MeDALL, ICEPURE,
PHENOTYPE, MED-PARTICLES and BREATHE. He will provide statistical advice for the analysis of
exposome data. He has published 150 peer reviewed publications and has a Scopus h-index of 42.

Dr. Serena Fossati, MD,

is postdoctoral researcher and expert in the effects of urban environment exposures and air pollution on health. She leads the task in the H2020 LifeCycle project that aims to assess urban environment exposures in birth cohorts across Europe. She also conducts research on cardiovascular outcomes in children of the Spanish INMA cohort. In URBAN_X she will supervise the secondments from RECETOX to develop protocols to assess urban environment exposures in the Czech Republic and to analyse effects on health. She will also take charge of the contacts between RECETOX researchers and other European birth cohorts working on the urban exposome, and oversee harmonization of assessment across
Europe where relevant.

Montserrat de Castro Pascual, MSc

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is researcher who specializes in geographical information systems (GIS). She has worked at ISGlobal for over 5 years on the GIS assessment of the urban exposome in the Spanish INMA cohorts, in the HELIX cohorts, and now in the LifeCycle project. This has given her extensive expertise in cross-European GIS work. In URBAN_X she will help researchers from RECETOX to develop GIS protocols. She will also perform the GIS work where necessary for the project.

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