News from ISGlobal
Researcher Cyntia Manzano Salgado has been awarded one of the extraordinary PhD prizes given by the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) in 2019. The award recognises her thesis “Prenatal Exposure to Perfluoralkyl Substances and Child Health”, supervised by ISGlobal researchers Maribel Casas and Martine Vrijheid.
Dr. Manzano’s research focuses on possible health effects of perfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) in children. PFAS are synthetic chemicals used in many applications since the 1950s, including electrodomestic and consumer goods. These substances accumulate in the food chain and in animal and human tissues, and persist for many years in the environment and in living organisms. Human exposure routes to PFAS include diet, drinking water, food packaging, and indoor dust inhalation.