The ArcRisk project (Arctic Health Risks: Impacts on health in the Arctic and Europe owing to climate-induced changes in contaminant cycling; Grant Agreement Number: 226534, coordinated by AMAP, 2009-2014) is focusing on human health effects of persistent organic chemicals (POPs) and toxic metals.

The main topics of the ArcRisk are:

1) the effect of climate change on the long-range transport and fate of selected contaminants (Hg, PCBs);

2) impacts the changing pathways on contaminant uptake and transfer within food webs and

3) human health in the Arctic and in the selected areas in Europe. The health WP is leaded by Centre for Arctic Medicine.

The senior/post doc members of the research group are:

Pentti Nieminen, Päivi Myllynen, Antti Huusko, Khaled Abass, Kirsi Vähäkangas, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, Markku Koiranen and Arja Rautio; and PhD students are: Heli Lehtiniemi, Elina Sieppi and Maria Kummu.

The publications of the project:

Nieminen P, Lehtiniemi H, Huusko A, Vähäkangas K, Rautio A: Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in relation to secondary sex ratio – a systematic review of published studies. Chemosphere, in press.

Nieminen P, Lehtiniemi H, Vähäkangas K, Huusko A, Rautio A: Summarizing the reported findings between quantitative exposure and outcome variables from epidemiologic studies in a consistent form: The effect of exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) on birth weight as an example. BMC Medical Research Methodology, in press.

Govats E, Nieuwenhuijsen M, Schoeters G, Ballester F, Bloemen K, de Boer M, Chevrier C, et al. (27 authors, incl Rautio A) and OBELIX/ENRIECO: Prenatal exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and dichlorodiphenyldichlorethylene (DDE) and birth weight: a meta-analysis within 12 European birth cohorts. Environ Health Perspect 120: 162-70, 2012.

Kummu M, Wallin K, Sieppi E, Rautio A, Vähäkangas K, Myllynen P: Cadmium inhibits ABCG2 transporter function in BeWo and MCF-7/MTX cells. Placenta, 33: 859-865, 2012; doi: 10.1016/j.placenta.2012.07.017.


Last updated: 13.11.2012