Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century.

UCL-Lancet Commission on Managing the Health Effects of Climate Change (Lancet 2009;373:1693–1733).

Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research (CERH)

CERH - Understanding the Changing Global Health

The Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research (CERH) at the University of Oulu consist of a multidisciplinary group of researchers with background in various departments such as the Institute of Health Sciences, Respiratory Medicine Unit and Institute of Clinical Medicine.

The strategy of CERH is related to research, education and outreach activities related to the effects of global environmental health effects. The research activities are versatile and employ registry, population-based, clinical and experimental studies. The information is synthesized through meta-analyses and burden of disease assessments.

In the Research Assessment Exercise 2013 of the University of Oulu the Research Community “GlobalHealth – Global Change, Geography, Environment and Public Health Research” including CERH received the best category A classification and a final rating of 5,5 (excellent – outstanding, rating 1–6). The report can be found online: http://www.oulu.fi/english/RAE2013/report.

CERH co-operates actively with national and international partners operating in the field of environmental health. An important activity of CERH is the close co-operation with WHO which has resulted in designation to WHO Collaborating Centre on Global Change, Environment and Public Health. This collaboration provides excellent possibilities for outreach of the produced and collected research information.

CERH produces and promotes both basic and postdoctoral education and will arrange national and international courses in the field of global environmental change and human health.

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WHO Collaborating Centre in Global Change, Environment and Public Health

World Health Organization has designated the Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research as a WHO Collaborating Centre in Global Change, Environment and Public Health starting from May 2014. Official opening ceremony was held 24 October 2014 in Oulu Finland.

Director / Head: Professor Jouni Jaakkola
Vice Director: Adjunct professor (docent) Tiina Ikäheimo

A Part of the Medical Research Center Oulu (MRC)

CERH is one of the MRC Oulu Focus Area Research Groups:

Jaakkola Jouni ja Maritta: Genes and environmental exposures in the etiology and prognosis of adult asthma and its subtypes

Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research (CERH)
Mailing address: P. O. Box 5000, FI-90014 University of Oulu, FINLAND
Visiting address: Kontinkangas Campus, Medical Faculty Main Building, Aapistie 5 B, 1st floor, Oulu, FINLAND
Email: cerh (a) oulu.fi
Staff email addresses: firstname.lastname (a) oulu.fi