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HEALS - Health and environment-wide associations based on large population surveys

INEGI - Institute of Science and Innovation in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Project classification

Scientific area

3.3 Health sciences


Public and environmental health

Project description

Project title

HEALS - Health and environment-wide associations based on large population surveys

Scientific Coordinator's name:

Eduardo de Oliveira Fernandes

Scientific Coordinator's e-mail:

Principal R&D Unit:

Energy and Built Environment Group

Other R&D Units involved in the project:

Other R&D units involved in the project

Project keyword(s)

exposome; environment-wide association studies; pilot study exposure and health; twin birth cohort study

Short abstract and comments

Overal Aim: Assessing individual exposure to environmental stressors and predicting health outcomes implies that both environmental exposures and epi/genetic variations are reliably measured simultaneously. The HEALS project (2015-2018) brings together an innovative approach in a comprehensive array of novel technologies, data analysis and modeling tools that support efficient exposome studies. The general objective of HEALS is the refinement of an integrated methodology and the application of the corresponding analytical and computational tools for performing environment-wide association studies in support of EU-wide environment and health assessments. The HEALS approach brings together and organizes environmental, socio-economic, exposure, biomarker and health effect data; in addition, it includes all the procedures and computational sequences necessary for applying advanced bioinformatics, thus coupling effective data mining, biological and exposure modeling so as to ensure that environmental exposure-health associations are studied comprehensively. The overall approach will be verified and refined in a series of population studies across Europe including twin cohorts, tackling different levels of environmental exposure, age, windows of exposure, and socio-economic and genetic variability. Main Competences: • Identification and quantification of the indoor sources and elaboration of an accurate risk evaluation to support future interventions, throughout IAQ measurement campaigns and exposure assessments studies in various indoor settings. • Validation and demonstration of IAQ source control methods and tools. The methods range from source identification (by product emission testing in climate chambers) to the application of IAQ enhancing (building) materials and air quality sensors.

Potential uses/indications

Setting an harmonized framework regarding the indoor air monitoring, protocols, measurement techniques and guidelines under large exposome studies.



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Grant number (QREN, FP7, Eureka, etc)

FP7 (Grant agreement no: 603946)

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2016-05-03 13:32:50

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