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How can scientists bring research to use: the HENVINET experience

Alena Bartonova 0 0 NILU - Norwegian Institute for Air Research , POB 100, 2027 Kjeller , Norway Background: Health concerns have driven the European environmental policies of the last 25 years

Life History Traits Reflect Changes in Mediterranean Butterfly Communities Due to Forest Encroachment

The biodiversity of the Southern Balkans, part of the Mediterranean global biodiversity hot-spot, is threatened by land use intensification and abandonment, the latter causing forest encroachment of formerly open habitats. We investigated the impact of forest encroachment on butterfly species richness, community species composition and the representation of life history traits by...

A conceptual approach to a citizens’ observatory – supporting community-based environmental governance

In recent years there has been a trend to view the Citizens’ Observatory as an increasingly essential tool that provides an approach for better observing, understanding, protecting and enhancing our environment. However, there is no consensus on how to develop such a system, nor is there any agreement on what a Citizens’ Observatory is and what results it could produce. The...

Application of social media in the environment and health professional community

The purpose of the EU FP6 funded coordination action HENVINET was to create a permanent network of environment and health professionals. The main outcome is a networking portal (, based on the concepts of social media to support communication between professional stakeholders in the environment and health fields. Its aim is to enable sharing of relevant...

Associations between environmental factors and incidence of cutaneous melanoma. Review

Background Cutaneous melanoma is one of the most serious skin cancers. It is caused by neural crest-derived melanocytes - pigmented cells normally present in the epidermis and, sometimes, in the dermis. Methods We performed a review of current knowledge on the risk factors of cutaneous melanoma. Relevant studies were identified using the PubMed, Science Direct, Medline, Scopus...

Approaches to integrated monitoring for environmental health impact assessment

Although Integrated Environmental Health Monitoring (IEHM) is considered an essential tool to better understand complex environmental health issues, there is no consensus on how to develop such a programme. We reviewed four existing frameworks and eight monitoring programmes in the area of environmental health. We identified the DPSEEA (Driving Force-Pressure-State-Exposure...

An expert assessment on climate change and health – with a European focus on lungs and allergies

Background For almost 20 years, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has been assessing the potential health risks associated with climate change; with increasingly convincing evidence that climate change presents existing impacts on human health. In industrialized countries climate change may further affect public health and in particular respiratory health, through...

Facilitating knowledge transfer: decision support tools in environment and health

The HENVINET Health and Environment Network aimed to enhance the use of scientific knowledge in environmental health for policy making. One of the goals was to identify and evaluate Decision Support Tools (DST) in current use. Special attention was paid to four “priority” health issues: asthma and allergies, cancer, neurodevelopment disorders, and endocrine disruptors. We...

The challenge of social networking in the field of environment and health

Background The fields of environment and health are both interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary, and until recently had little engagement in social networking designed to cross disciplinary boundaries. The EU FP6 project HENVINET aimed to establish integrated social network and networking facilities for multiple stakeholders in environment and health. The underlying assumption...

A healthy turn in urban climate change policies; European city workshop proposes health indicators as policy integrators

den Hazel Scott Randall Alena Bartonova 0 Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments, University of the West of England, Bristol, U.K. - formerly Bristol City Planning Department 1 Research

Nanoparticles in the environment: assessment using the causal diagram approach

Suchi Smita 0 Shailendra K Gupta Alena Bartonova Maria Dusinska Arno C Gutleb Qamar Rahman 0 0 Amity University , Lucknow Campus, Viraj Khand 5, Lucknow-226010, U.P. , India Nanoparticles (NPs

The Health and Environment Network and its achievements

Alena Bartonova 0 Janna G Koppe Aleksandra Fucic Arno C Gutleb Peter van den Hazel Hans Keune 0 NILU - Norwegian Institute for Air Research , Kjeller , Norway In the HENVINET project, the four

Cancer risk and the complexity of the interactions between environmental and host factors: HENVINET interactive diagrams as simple tools for exploring and understanding the scientific evidence

Background Development of graphical/visual presentations of cancer etiology caused by environmental stressors is a process that requires combining the complex biological interactions between xenobiotics in living and occupational environment with genes (gene-environment interaction) and genomic and non-genomic based disease specific mechanisms in living organisms. Traditionally...

Environmental exposure to xenoestrogens and oestrogen related cancers: reproductive system, breast, lung, kidney, pancreas, and brain

The role of steroids in carcinogenesis has become a major concern in environmental protection, biomonitoring, and clinical research. Although historically oestrogen has been related to development of reproductive system, research over the last decade has confirmed its crucial role in the development and homeostasis of other organ systems. As a number of anthropogenic agents are...

Policy relevant results from an expert elicitation on the health risks of phthalates

von Krauss Albertinka J Murk Erik Ropstad Janneche Utne Skaare Gunnar Sundstøl Eriksen Jan Ludvig Lyche Janna G Koppe Brooke L Magnanti Aileen Yang Alena Bartonova Hans Keune 0 Department of Basic

Policy relevant Results from an Expert Elicitation on the Human Health Risks of Decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE) and Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD)

Aim Apply a recently developed expert elicitation procedure to evaluate the state of the current knowledge of the two brominated flame retardants (BFRs) most commonly used today; decabromo-diphenyl ether (decaBDE) and hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) and their potential impact on human health in order to support policy considerations. This expert elicitation was organized by the...

Chlorpyrifos and neurodevelopmental effects: a literature review and expert elicitation on research and policy

Background Organophosphate pesticides are widely used on food crops grown in the EU. While they have been banned from indoor use in the US for a decade due to adverse health effects, they are still the most prevalent pesticides in the EU, with Chlorpyrifos (CPF) being the most commonly applied. It has been suggested CPF affects neurodevelopment even at levels below toxicity...

We’re only in it for the knowledge? A problem solving turn in environment and health expert elicitation

Aileen Yang Alena Bartonova Martin Krayer von Krauss 1 Erik Ropstad Gunnar S Eriksen Margaret Saunders Brooke Magnanti Bertil Forsberg 0 Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO), Brussels; Centre of

Thyroid hormone metabolism and environmental chemical exposure

Pim de Voogt 1 6 Tom Vulsma 3 Alena Bartonova 4 Martin Krayer von Krauss 9 Claudia Mosoiu 8 Horacio Riojas-Rodriguez 2 Gemma Calamandrei 10 Janna G Koppe 11 0 University Hospital Aachen RWTH