News from ISGlobal and DCEXS-UPF
Jordi Sunyer, head of the Childhood and Environment Programme at ISGlobal, has been one of the 269 high level scientists selected by the European Research Council (ERC) to receive the prestigious “Advanced Grants”.
The 2.5 million euros award will be used to study the impact of air pollution on children’s brain development. It will pursue the research developed over the last years by BREATHE, a project that measured the impact of air pollution on cognitive development of 4,000 children between 7 and 9 years of age in 40 schools of Barcelona and that also received funding by the European Research Council in 2010.
The new project “Pre-natal exposure to urban AIR pollution and pre- and post-Natal Brain development (AIR-NB)” has a duration of five years and will follow 900 pregnant women and their newborns.