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External and Internal Human Exposure in Urban EXposome (Urban_X)

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Project Period
9/2019 - 2/2023
Investor / Pogramme / Project type
European Union
MU Faculty or unit
Faculty of Science
Cooperating Organization
Universiteit Utrecht
University College London
Barcelona Institute for Global Health

More than half of the world population lives in urbanized areas, and the size of the urban population is continuously increasing. Urban populations are exposed to a large number of environmental influences that can negatively affect human health. In response to the urgent need to understand the impact of the urban environment on human health the new concept of the “urban exposome” has emerged. The aim of this project is to develop a strategic partnership of the RECETOX Centre in the Czech Republic, one of the Widening countries, with two leading international counterparts at the EU level (UCL in the UK, ISGlobal in Spain) to establish scientific collaboration and networking activities among these institutions to increase European research excellence in the area of the urban exposome. RECETOX has access to large longitudinal datasets of air monitoring, census, epidemiological and biomonitoring studies in urban areas but there is a relative lack of expertise at RECETOX to exploit these datasets’ full potential. Therefore, there is a need to establish a strategic partnership with experienced international partners and global leaders in exposome studies. ISGlobal and UCL will provide and transfer their expertise in investigating the urban exposome. The proposed research will link data on environmental exposures and health outcomes and use advanced statistical and machine learning methods to investigate the impact of the urban exposome on the health of urban populations. Through this strategic partnership, RECETOX expertise will be expended to the areas of environmental health and environmental epidemiology by the combination of collaborative research, education and training activities, junior researcher mobility and support for early stage researcher career development. The partnership with leading European research institutions will enhance RECETOX’s innovation capacity and research performance and improve its collaborative potential in Europe.

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Masaryk University is committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to improve the conditions and quality of life on our planet by 2030.

Sustainable Development Goal No.  3 – Good health and well-being Sustainable Development Goal No.  4 – Quality education Sustainable Development Goal No.  5 – Gender equality Sustainable Development Goal No.  8 – Decent work and economic growth Sustainable Development Goal No.  9 – Industry, innovation and infrastructure Sustainable Development Goal No.  10 – Reduced inequalities Sustainable Development Goal No.  11 – Sustainable cities and communities Sustainable Development Goal No.  12 – Responsible consumption and production Sustainable Development Goal No.  16 – Peace, justice and strong institutions Sustainable Development Goal No.  17 – Partnerships for the goals


Total number of publications: 19

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