Respiratory Health, Air Pollution, Childhood Development


Group Leader

Jordi Sunyer Deu

The prenatal and postnatal periods are critical in the origins of chronic diseases such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, cognitive development, and the origins of asthma and allergy. The major scientific objective of the group is to perform epidemiological studies on the early-life origins of the effects of environmental contaminants, nutrition and lifestyles during prenatal and postnatal life on the development and health of children, including maturation of the neurobehavioral system, obesity, metabolism, respiratory health and mental health.


Josep M. Antó Boqué (Researcher)

Anne-Elie Carsin (Technician)

Mònica López Vicente (PhD Student)

Gemma Punyet Ribes (Research Assistant)


Main Publications with IMIM

• Ramon MA, Ter Riet G, Carsin AE, Gimeno-Santos E, Agustí A, Antó JM, Donaire-González D, Ferrer J, Rodríguez E, Rodríguez-Roisin R, Puhan MA, Garcia-Aymerich J, PAC-COPD Study Group. The dyspnoea-inactivity vicious circle in COPD: Development and external validation of a conceptual model. Eur Respir J 2018; 52(3): 1800079. IF 12.242. D1.

• Alemany S, Vilor-Tejedor N, García-Esteban R, Bustamante M, Dadvand P, Esnaola M, Mortamais M, Forns J, van Drooge BL, Álvarez-Pedrerol M, Grimalt JO, Rivas I, Querol X, Pujol J, Sunyer J. Traffic-Related Air Pollution, APOE Status, and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes among School Children Enrolled in the BREATHE Project (Catalonia, Spain). Environ Health Perspect 2018; 126(8): 087001. IF 8.309. D1.

• Dadvand P, Pujol J, Macià D, Martínez-Vilavella G, Blanco-Hinojo L, Mortamais M, Álvarez-Pedrerol M, Fenoll R, Esnaola M, Dalmau-Bueno A, López-Vicente M, Basagaña X, Jerrett M, Nieuwenhuijsen M, Sunyer J. The Association between Lifelong Greenspace Exposure and 3-Dimensional Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Barcelona Schoolchildren. Environ Health Perspect 2018; 126(2): 027012. IF 8.309. D1.

• Villanueva CM, Gràcia-Lavedan E, Júlvez J, Santa-Marina L, Lertxundi N, Ibarluzea J, Llop S, Ballester F, Fernández-Somoano A, Tardón A, Vrijheid M, Guxens M, Sunyer J. Drinking water disinfection by-products during pregnancy and child neuropsychological development in the INMA Spanish cohort study. Environ Int 2018; 110: 113-122. IF 7.297. D1.

• Forns J, Sunyer J, García-Esteban R, Porta D, Ghassabian A, Giorgis-Allemand L, Gong T, Gehring U, Sørensen M, Standl M, et al. Air pollution exposure during pregnancy and symptoms of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder in children in Europe. Epidemiology 2018; 29(5): 618-626. IF 4.991. D1.



• Natàlia I. Vilor-Tejedor. Analytical strategies in Imaging Genetics: Assessment of potential risk factors for neurodevelopmental domains. Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

- Directors: Sunyer Deu, Jordi; González Ruiz, Juan Ramón

- Date of defense: 16/03/2018

• Elisabet Suades González. Socio-environmental exposures and neurodevelopmental disorders. Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

- Director: Sunyer Deu, Jordi

- Date of defense: 15/05/2018





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