News from ISGlobal
ISGlobal researcher Mònica Guxens has received the Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award for her proposal “Air Pollution, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Brain Imaging Amongst Children in Europe—the APACHE Project”. This award, which will fund the APACHE project for the next three years, is given annually by the Health Effects Institute (HEI), a non-profit corporation based in Boston (USA) which was set up to research the health effects of air pollution.
Monica Guxens is a physician who received her doctorate in public health and is also specialised in preventive medicine. She is an Assistant Research Professor at the ISGlobal and in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychology of the Erasmus University Medical Center-Sophia Children's Hospital in Rotterdam.
Her research focuses on the role of environmental factors, including air pollution, on children's development. The objective of the APACHE study is to evaluate whether prenatal air pollution exposure is associated with the development of autism spectrum disorders and whether prenatal and postnatal air pollution exposure is associated with changes in brain structure and function in children. In both cases, the study will also evaluate different windows of exposure to establish when mothers and children are most vulnerable to the effects of air pollution.