16/11/2010 - Press release
One of the grants awarded by the European Research Council (ERC) this year was for the BREATHE (BRain dEvelopment and Air polluTion ultrafine particles in scHool ChildrEn) project directed by Dr. Jordi Sunyer, co-director of the Research Centre for Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) and director of the IMIM Research Programme in Epidemiology and Public Health.
The objective of this project is to study the impact of fine particles from atmospheric pollution on the neurological development of around 4,000 children in 40 different schools. The grant, around 2.5 million euro over a period of five years, will enable the important human resources needed for the field study and the analysis of the large amount of data gathered to be covered.
According to the ERC document, CREAL has become “one of most vibrant and stimulating research centres in the European Union with respect to environmental epidemiology and the impact of environmental risk factors on human health in general”.
The document adds that Dr. Sunyer has “excellent international recognition based on epidemiology and public health in areas of innovation”.
Jordi Sunyer is also head professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the Universidad Pompeu Fabra (UPF).