Special Issue of the Science of The Total Environment 2019: “Pollution in living and working environment, climate variability and their impact on non-communicable disease burden”

Edited by Pavlos Kassomenos, Ludwine Casteleyn, Anastasia Paschalidou, Lygia Budnik

Environmental pollution encompassing a number of hazardous exposures including air, water, and soil is increasing and chemical exposures and related non-communicable diseases are on the rise world-wide. In 2015, pollution-related diseases were responsible for 9 million premature deaths – three times as many deaths as AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. Because of their wide distribution throughout the economy and environment, many industrial chemicals enter the earth’s ecosystems and come in contact with people (already in uteri and throughout the life time). This occurs in the workplace, in homes, through the use of products, and via air, water, food, and waste streams. Furthermore, many workers are at particular risk from chemical exposures because, depending on their occupation, they can be more highly exposed to hazardous substances than the general public; however, often no data on the worksite exposure levels of individual hazardous agents and their combinations exist.


2nd DiMoPEx Working Group Meeting 30/31-10 2017 in Bentivoglio
Pollution in living and working environments and health effects
Abstracts Book: (2018) Proceedings of the 2nd International DiMoPEx conference. Journal of Health and Pollution: March 2018, Vol. 8, No. 17, pp. S1-S77.

The scientific program of the 2nd DiMoPEx Conference includes lectures, short oral presentations and posters presented by scientists from 26 countries covering a broad spectrum of topics. The topics are related to the topics of the 7 DiMoPEx working groups. WG1 (Exposure assessment), WG 2 (Toxicology, Management and Risk Assessment of Chemicals), WG 3 (Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology), WG 4 (Ethical, Social and Legal Aspects of Risk Communication), WG 5 (Genotoxicity and Susceptibility), WG 6 (Burden of Noncommunicable Diseases and Clinical Diagnosis), WG 7 (Dissemination and Implementation of New Knowledge) and also to joint cooperative projects between the working groups and/or external project partners.2 Assessment of the impacts of air pollution on population health and the evaluation of trends relative to other risk factors requires accurate exposure data from living and working environments1,2 and is within the upcoming focus of all DiMoPEx working groups.

Diagnosis, Monitoring and Prevention of Exposure-related Non-communicable Diseases in the Living and Working Environment
DiMoPEx-Project is designed to determine the impacts of environmental exposure on human health
by Lygia Therese Budnik, Balazs Adam, Maria Albin, Barbara Banelli, Xaver Baur, Fiorella Belpoggi, Claudia Bolognesi,  Karin Broberg, Per Gustavsson, Thomas Göen, Axel Fischer, Dorota Jarosinska, Fabiana Manservisi, Richard O’Kennedy, Johan Øvrevik, Elizabet Paunovic, Beate Ritz, Paul T.J. Scheepers, Vivi Schlünssen, Heidi Schwarzenbach, Per E. Schwarze, Orla Sheils; Torben Sigsgaard, Karel VanDamme, Ludwine Casteleyn
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Common good practices in biomarker development in toxicology by Fiorella Belpoggi and Lygia Therese Budnik

DiMoPEx presentation at the Collegium Ramazzini Meeting October 2017, Carpi, Italy

DiMoPEx presentation at the Collegium Ramazzini Meeting October 2016, Carpi, Italy

Projects of the Working Group members
Working Group meeting, June 2016, Hamburg, Germany

The analysis of body fluids is used to study the linkage between chemical exposure and NCDs by use of biomarkers. If causality is supported by research, steps can be taken to reduce these exposures and prevent the occurrence of NCDs: PROFESSORS PAUL SCHEEPERS AND THOMAS GÖEN DISCUSS THE DIAGNOSIS, MONITORING AND PREVENTION OF EXPOSURE-RELATED NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES (DiMoPEx – A COST NETWORK)

in Pan European Networks: Science & Technology 2017:22, PP 130-133

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