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Gemma Castaño

Gemma Castaño

Project Manager Cancer, Radiation

Gemma Castaño Vinyals got a bachelor in Environmental Sciences (2000) from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and did her PhD (2007) at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra within the programme of Health and Life Sciences. During her predoctoral studies, she spent some periods abroad in the University of California San Francisco, University of Cincinnati and at the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences from Utrecht University.

Her doctoral thesis was based on the association between air pollutants and bladder cancer risk, including studies in molecular epidemiology.

She is involved in several projects regarding non-communicable diseases and environmental exposure, specifically working in the multicase-control study including high incidence tumours in Spain (MCC-Spain), in studies on circadian disruption (HORMONIT) and studies on occupational health (OMEGA-NET).

In the radiation programme, she is the scientific coordinator of the Mobi-kids study, an international case-control study to examine the potential associations between use of communication devices and other environmental factors and risk of brain tumours; and GERoNiMo project, aiming to close gaps in knowledge on EMF and health and reduce exposures.

Lines of Research

  • She is currently the Project Manager in a multicase-control study including high incidence tumours (colorectal, breast, prostate, stomach and CLL) in Spain, with the objective of assessing environmental and genetic factors associated with these cancers.
  • She is also involved in studies of circadian disruption, mainly due to night shift work, in order to understand the molecular and hormonal mechanisms that relate night shift work and cancer.
  • She works in the radiation field, studying possible effects of communication devices, mainly mobile phones, in the risk of brain tumours and adolescents and the effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields on health.

Main Publications

  • Castaño-Vinyals G, Talaska G, Rothman N, Alguacil J, Garcia-Closas M, Dosemeci M, Cantor KP, Malats N, Real FX, Silverman D, Serra C, Carrato A, Tardon A, Garcia-Closas R, Kogevinas M, Vermeulen R. Bulky DNA adduct formation and risk of bladder cancer. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention 2007; 16(10):2155-9.
  • Castaño-Vinyals G, Cantor KP, Malats N, Tardon A, Garcia-Closas R, Serra C, Carrato A, Rothman N, Vermeulen R, Silverman D, Dosemeci M, Kogevinas M. Air pollution and risk of urinary bladder cancer in a case-control study in Spain. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2008 Jan; 65(1):56-60. Epub 2007 Jul 18.
  • Castaño-Vinyals G, D’Errico A, Malats N, Kogevinas M. Biomarkers of exposure to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons from environmental air pollution. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2004; 61(4):e12.