We focus on the link between health and agriculture, infectious and zoonotic diseases, chemical pollution, food safety and nutrition. Research is conducted at different levels (molecular, individual, and population) and from labs to the field. Our ultimate goal is to promote the understanding that health issues are related to ecosystems and to use research outputs to inform policy to change and improve the health of the most vulnerable populations. The main research themes:
We aim to understand how human health is determined by the inter-linkages between human, animal and environmental health in a socio-ecological context, using the Ecohealth or One Health approach. The context we consider covers environmental pollution, agricultural intensification, urbanization, and environmental sanitation. The primary health issues we focus on are neglected tropical diseases, zoonoses, and chronic diseases. View more
Our main food safety issues relate to microbial contamination and toxins, pesticide use, antibiotic resistance, and growth promoters. The risk-based approach to food safety management is still not-well known and is rarely applied in the developing world. We generated evidence of how risk assessments can be used for specific cases of food safety management and how they are important to assist policy makers in the use of this approach for food safety management.
The risk-based approach to environmental health management is still not-well known in. We conducted research to generate evidence of how risk assessments can be used for specific cases of environmental related issues such as dioxin contamination in the environment and Arsenic contaminated drinking water. In addition, there is a clear need for Health Impact Assessments (HIA) in South East Asia where many large infrastructure development projects, i.e., dam construction, mining industries, and agricultural production are taking place and where HIA capacity is lacking. Therefore, through research and training with partners we will build capacity and expertise in HIA in the region. View more