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  • Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

    Debate: 'Green Cities, Healthy People - Planning Healthy Urban Settings'

    On 30-31 October, a workshop entitled 'Green Cities, Healthy People - Planning Healthy Urban Settings' will take place at CosmoCaixa in Barcelona. Part of the 2013 series of B-Debate, funded by Biocat, PHENOTYPE is organising this meeting intent to bridge between research and practice in Public Health and Urban Planning. Keynote speaker is Dr Maria Neira of the World Health Organisation, addressing global health challenges in an urbanizing world.

    The design and planning of our cities, public spaces and surrounding environments, whether suburban or rural, can affect our health and well-being. For example, in many cities around the world, according to the strength of the urban health inequalities, life expectancy can vary significantly from one neighborhood to another. Furthermore, access to natural places like public green spaces can be seen as an important catalyzer for health promotion. Similarly, the creation of supportive and healthy environments for health and well-being is one priority action of “Health 2020”, the new pan-European Public Health Strategy endorsed by European Ministries of Health and coordinated by the World Health Organization.

    With 'Green Cities, Healthy People' we intend to promote a strong integration of scientific knowledge from the social, natural and medical sciences, and the know-how of professions, and the tacit knowledge of stakeholders and citizens. We also hope to receive validation from the delegates of a set of core indicators to assess the capacity of public green space to promote social interaction and physical activity at the municipal/city level.

    This B-Debate is relevant to professionals in disciplines, including (but not exclusive) health professionals, land use and urban space planners, green public space management, municipal public administrators, scientists and NGOs.

    Below you will find the programme, contact us directly to register, please indicate your interest to attend the daytime B-Debate and/or the evening Public Lecture.

  • Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

    Why are some books more cited than others? An analysis of the 100 top cited books of epidemiology & biostatistics in the past 50 years.

    Dr. Miquel Porta
    Cap del grup de recerca en
    Epidemiologia clínica i molecular del
    càncer, IMIM - Institut Hospital del Mar
    d'Investigacions Mèdiques

  • Friday, October 25th, 2013

    Short-term Effects of PM Constituents on health (MED-PARTICLES Project)

    Bénedicte Jacquemin & Xavier Basagaña CREAL

  • Friday, October 18th, 2013

    Residential Proximity to Major Roads and Term Low Birth Weight: A Bird’seye View Over the Roles of Air Pollution, Heat, Noise, and Road-adjacent Trees

    Payam Dadvand CREAL

  • Friday, October 11th, 2013

    Chagas: a negleted disease

    Quim Gascon CRESIB

  • Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

    The Exposome – are we ready for the more holistic study of environment and health?

    Martine Vrijheid


    The “exposome” concept encompasses the totality of environmental (non-genetic) exposures from conception onwards, complementing the genome. Evidently, there are large challenges in developing the exposome concept into a workable approach for epidemiological research. These include the integration of exposure uncertainty and variability in an exposome study, the management of multiple, longitudinal time periods of interest, the integration of omics techniques, and the development of statistical techniques that can analyse the associations between exposome data and adverse health end points. The Human Early Life Exposome (HELIX) project is a new collaborative research project funded under the FP7 Exposome Initiative that aims to describe the early-life exposome of European populations and unravel its relation to omics markers and health in childhood. HELIX proposes a more integrated, holistic, way of studying the environment during critical developmental time periods. As proof of concept, it will form an important first step towards the life-course exposome. In this presentation, we will focus on the project’s background, concept and study design.

  • Monday, October 7th, 2013

    Course 'Air quality parametres, measurements and sources'

    Interested must reserve with Anna Schembari ( by sending me an email.


  • Saturday, October 5th, 2013

    Open Day PRBB

    El proper dissabte s'obriran les portes de tots els centres del PRBB a tot el públic.

  • Friday, October 4th, 2013

    Human genome inversions, evolution and disease susceptibility

    Luis Pérez-Jurado Genetic Unit - UPF

  • Friday, September 27th, 2013

    Prenatal exposure to xenoestrogens, health effects in children and possible epigenetic mechanisms

    Nadia Vilahur


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