Epidemiological research is also an important element of the integrated approach. Some populations and communities, such as people living in the vicinity of chemical factories and babies, are, prenatal and postnatal, exposed to the toxic substances in question or are particularly sensitive to them. Determining this sensitivity requires research into the toxic effects on populations and communities.
The Department of Environment and Health is studying the relationship between exposure to hormone disrupting substances, such as certain pesticides and plasticizers, during the foetal period, on the one hand, and the growth and behaviour of children, on the other. For this purpose it uses the LInking EDCs in maternal Nutrition to Child health (LINC) mother-child cohort. This cohort comprises 330 mother-child pairs who have been monitored by the department's epidemiologists for five years now.
LINC Project website
Dr Marijke de Cock