The INMA (INfancia y Medio Ambiente) Project. Are the effects of the environment on health still relevant today? Webinar, 8 April 2021


April 8, 2021


15.30-17:00 CET

Since John Snow’s early contribution to the Epidemiology and Public Health (18th Century) or from the point of view of the determinants of Health described by Lalonde Report (1974), there is strong evidence of the role of environmental exposures in health. WHO points out that around a 25 % of global deaths are linked to environmental factors, being this figure higher for children. Levels of traditional pollutants in air and drinking water have declined in the last decades. Therefore, could we say that environmental exposures are so relevant today?.
The INMA (from Spanish INfancia y Medio Ambiente) project aims to analyze whether the levels of pollutants currently present produce effects on the health of children and adolescents. The approach has included new chemicals used by the industry, physical agents,  green/blue spaces, urban structure, and psychosocial variables. The vulnerability and the lack information of this population group and the potential health implications throughout life are additional elements that make this research area extremely attractive.

Jesús Ibarluzea

Is biologist, psychologist (UPV-EHU), master in Environmental Health (UPR) and Ph.D. in Public Health (UPV-EHU). He works as a public health officer (Public Health Direction, Consejería de Salud (Basque Government), San Sebastián. He is the PI of the Environmental Epidemiology group and the leader of whole Area of Epidemiology and Public Health of BIODONOSTIA (Health Reseach Institute). PI of the group 28 of CIBERESP (Instituto de Salud Carlos iii) and collaborates with the developmental psychology research group (UPV-EHU) of the School of Psychology. The research group in environmental epidemiology is multidisciplinary and gathers researchers from different departments of the university and health services.