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They are between 9 and 18 years old, live in seven different areas of Spain and they all have one thing in common: they have been contributing anonymously to science even before they were born. The almost 3,900 girls and boys that participate in the INMA Project were recruited when their mothers were in the 12th week of pregnancy. All together, they integrate the seven birth cohorts that, over 10 years, have resulted in more than 340 scientific publications on the impact of different environmental exposures on child health.
Thanks to the selfless contribution of all these families, scientists follow several research lines in areas such as respiratory diseases, mental health, or obesity. From the establishment of the birth cohorts in 2003, they are analysing how certain environmental exposures such as air and water pollution, tobacco smoke, persistent organic pollutants, pesticides, dietary pollutants , or even certain medicines, can affect child health.
On October 27 and 28, 70 researchers that participate in the INMA Project will come together in Sabadell to exchange and discuss the latest scientific results generated by the seven birth cohorts. “The scientific meeting at Sabadell is also an opportunity to acknowledge the valuable contribution of all these boys and girls to science”, states Jordi Sunyer, ISGlobal researcher and project director. “Thanks to them all, we are producing a growing body of evidence that should ultimately be translated into public health policies that help us live in healthier environments” he adds.