WHO collaborating centre tackling global change and health continues in Oulu

World Health Organization has redesignated the Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research (CERH) as a WHO Collaborating Centre in Global Change, Environment and Public Health for a new four-year term starting from May 20, 2018. The director of the WHO collaborating centre is the director of CERH, Professor of Public Health Jouni Jaakkola. CERH at the University of Oulu is the only university based research unit in Finland serving as a WHO collaborating centre.

The activities of CERH as a collaborating centre support the WHO Regional Office for Europe in strengthening adaptive capacity and resilience to climate-change related health risks and climate change adaptation and mitigation. These activities include research, education and public service at national and international level.

The CERH research program covers direct effects of climate change, such as effects of weather-related phenomena on health, as well as secondary effects mediated by changes in the ecosystem, such as effects of pollen on asthma and allergies. CERH program also addresses holistic effects of climate change on culture, well-being and health as well as contributes to projections of health effects of weather during the 21st century under different climate change scenarios.

CERH utilizes research results in education of medical students as well as arranges international doctoral level short courses on climate change and health. Research results are disseminated nationally and international via traditional and digital media.

An important role of CERH as a WHO collaborating centre is to contribute to national and international evidence-based preparedness against adverse effects of climate change and to develop guidelines and model for adapting to changing climate such as extreme temperatures. The Oulu WHO collaborating centre continues Finland’s strong contribution to crucial global health issues. Timely issues include research contributing to the Paris Agreement on tackling climate change.


For additional information, contact:

Professor of Public Health Jouni J. K. Jaakkola
Director of the Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research (CERH)
Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre in Global Change, Environment and Public Health
Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu
email: jouni.jaakkola(a)oulu.fi
tel. +358 40 6720 927



Last updated: 20.6.2018