Environmental determinants

Environmental determinants

Axis director: Dr. Maryse Bouchard, University of Montreal

The harmful effects of exposure to toxic environmental contaminants (e.g. pesticides, lead) and environmental disturbances (climate, urbanity) on certain aspects of health are relatively well known. However, the related effects on overall health and the differential impact at more or less sensitive periods of development (such as prenatal versus postnatal), the duration of the impacts over time, and the possible strategies for mitigating the effects, need to be clarified.

The work of this axis aims to identify and quantify the effects associated with exposure to environmental factors on health in pregnancy and young children. Through epidemiological studies, we examine the mechanisms through which contaminants have harmful effects, particularly on the nervous system, cognitive development, and other systems (endocrine, cardio, etc.).

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