ESCAPE

European Study of Cohorts for Air Pollution Effects

Duration
2008-2012
Coordinator
Bert Brunekreef, Holanda
Funded by
European Comission
European policy making is hampered by considerable uncertainty about the magnitude and nature of the impacts of long term exposure to air pollution on human health. ESCAPE is a collaboration of more than 30 European cohort studies including some 900,000 subjects. It is aimed at quantifying health impacts of air pollution and at reducing uncertainty. ESCAPE will also test new hypotheses on specific health effects of air pollution. ESCAPE will focus on effects of within-city, within-area and within-country contrasts in air pollution, and so will enable Europe to remain at the cutting edge worldwide for further development and application of methods which have been largely pioneered here.

ESCAPE will make measurements of airborne particulate matter and nitrogen oxides in selected regions in Europe. It will measure the chemical composition of the collected particles and it will store samples for future chemical and toxicological analyses. Escape will focus on four categories of cohort studies:



Pregnancy outcome and birth cohort studies

Studies on respiratory disease in adults

Studies on cardiovascular disease in adults

Studies on cancer incidence and mortality.



ESCAPE responds to a specific FP7 call for a large collaborative project in the Environment and Health program. The call asks for research within existing cohorts among children as well as elderly adults as sensitive groups, and it asks to consider the role of other environmental exposures such as noise, and of biomarkers and gene-environment interactions. Whereas ESCAPE will focus, as requested, on air pollution and to a lesser extent traffic noise exposures, studies have been included which contain a wealth of data on other exposures (e.g. drinking water contaminants), on biomarkers and on genetics.

ESCAPE will actively engage stakeholder organizations and policy makers so that results can be swiftly translated to support policy development and implementation.

 

Our Team

Principal Investigator (PI)

Our Team

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    Manolis Kogevinas Research Professor
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    Marta Cirach GIS Technician
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    JOAN FORNS GUZMÁN
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    Mark Nieuwenhuijsen Director of the Urban Planning, Environment and Health Initiative, and head of the Air Pollution and Urban Environment Programme

Other projects

See Past Projects

ESAIRE

Engaging Citizens in Science: Promoting the Viability of Participatory Sensing for Monitoring Air and Environmental Quality

http://www.esaire.eu

iMAP Barcelona

The international Mind, Activities and urban Places in Barcelona study (iMAP Barcelona study): Building the evidence base on the relationships between environment, active living and cognitive health