Evaluating human health risk from low-dose and long term PCB exposure (PCBRISK)

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Funding source

EU Fifth Framework Programme - Quality of Life and management of living resources

Project Details

Start date: 01/03/2001
End date: 28/02/2004
Funding: 1119560 EUR


Health risk possibly resulting from long-term human exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other persistent organ chlorines will be evaluated. Both adults and children from a polluted (as a consequence of PCB manufacture) and a background area will be examined with special respect to the blood levels of PCBs and organ chlorine pesticides, and to health disorders, especially endocrine disruptive effects (questionnaires, medical examination, serum levels of hormones, antibodies, and biomarkers). Moreover, dioxin-like compounds, PCB metabolites, heavy metals, and dioxin-like and estrogenic activity will be measured in selected samples. Neurotoxin disorders of children will be examined, as well. The results of this project will have important implications for all EU member and associate countries.

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