The evaluation of the effect of environmental contaminants on children’s health is considered a priority at an international level. Research will be centreed on the evaluation of intrauterine and postnatal development including the maturation of the neurobehavoural system of children and the evaluation of other reproductive effects.
The main exposures evaluated will be air pollution, water pollution focusing on chlorination byproducts, exposure to organochlorinated agents such as PCBs, hexachlorobenzene and dioxins, heavy metals, indoor environments and nutrition.
One of the most important projects of this programme is INMA, with the aim to study the paper of the more relevant environmental pollutants in the air, water and diet during the pregnancy and beginning of life, and their effects in the growth and development.
The physical, social and intellectual development of the children, from the conception to end of the adolescence, requires an atmosphere protected and protective of its health. The increase of diseases is related to non-healthful atmospheres. The prenatal and in the beginning of the life exposures, including diet, are associated to the children’s health and human development and ready later effects in adults.
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