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Water and Health Lab

Applying the Human Exposome

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Water and Health Lab

Cyprus International Institute
for Environmental and Public Health

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Organiko Project

Research with Impact

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What We Do

Human biomonitoring
and Metabolomics protocols

Developing and applying novel human biomonitoring for biomarkers of exposure/effect and implementing agnostic metabolomics protocols.

Population Health Studies

Designing population health studies and executing them in the field

Population Health Data

Processing and analyzing population health data.

Public Awareness

Communicating and disseminating health risks to the public and policy makers.

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HOW WE DO IT

The Water and Health Lab research agenda is built upon the framework of the human exposome, i.e., the totality of all environmental exposures occurring in one’s lifetime.

The W&H Lab team has recently joined the concept of the urban exposome, i.e., the continuous spatiotemporal surveillance/monitoring of quantitative and qualitative indicators associated with the urban external and internal domains that shape up the quality of life and the health of urban populations, using small city areas, i.e. neighborhoods, quarters, or smaller administrative districts, as the point of reference.

History of the Lab

The W&H lab was established in 2008 and took its name, because of a strategic focus of the CII on water and health issues that were historically present for the island. However, over the years, it became evident that the environmental determinants of chronic disease may be found in multiple compartments, such as in both drinking-water, and showering water, food, air, dust, or soil, etc. Thus, the comprehensive characterization of environmental exposures towards the improved understanding of the chronic disease process require the integration of all involved sources and pathways in contact with the human being. Oral ingestion of water is not the sole route of exposure to chemical or microbiological stressors that impact human health. For example, inhalation and dermal uptake are important routes of exposure to water contaminants via a suite of common water use activities (i.e. cooking, showering, cleaning, etc).

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The W&H Lab team holds two unique characteristics:

i) being capable of generating its own biomarker data using state of the art instrumentation available in its analytic facilities

ii) in-house processing and analyzing own-generated population health data. The scientific hypotheses are tested generating either observational or experimental human datasets that are designed and executed by the Water and Health Lab team along with its strategic partners from CII and from other academic institutions in Europe and in the USA.

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Health Promotion in Primary Schools of Cyprus

Health Promotion in Primary Schools of Cyprus

– December 13, 2018

[EL] Σύμφωνα με τα τελευταία στοιχεία που παρουσίασε ο Παγκόσμιος Οργανισμός Υγείας (ΠΟΥ), η Κύπρος κατατάσσεται πρώτη μεταξύ όλων των Ευρωπαϊκών χωρών με τα υψηλότερα ποσοστά παιδικής παχυσαρκίας. Η εν λόγω πρωτιά είναι ανησυχητική, αφού πέραν από τις σημαντικές επιπτώσεις στην υγεία και ευεξία των παιδιών, επιβαρύνεται και ο κρατικός υπολογισμός της υγείας…

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Third Public Health Day

Third Public Health Day

[el] Η 3η Παγκύπρια Ημερίδα για τη Δημόσια Υγεία αφορά την παρουσίαση πρόσφατων ερευνητικών αποτελεσμάτων για τον πληθυσμό της Κύπρου και θα πραγματοποιηθεί την Πέμπτη 21 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017, στη Λεμεσό και στις εγκαταστάσεις του Τεχνολογικού Πανεπιστημίου Κύπρου (ΤΠΚ).

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Metabolomics in population Health Studies

Metabolomics in population health studies

Our latest work was just published in the Journal of Proteome Research (ACS Publications). The work assessed the use of untargeted metabolomics tools in coupling external environmental exposures to disinfection by-products (trihalomethanes) with the disease status in urine samples obtained from a case-control type II diabetes subpopulation group in Cyprus.

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