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Obesity and Metabolic Comorbidities: Environmental Diseases?

Table 2

Examples of ongoing European research projects on endocrine disrupters [103].

Project acronym and durationProject titleResearch teamFocus

CONFFIDENCE
(2008–2012)
Contaminants in food and feed: inexpensive detection for control of exposureParticipating laboratories: 17 (NL, CZ, ES, DE, DK, BE, UK, IT, FI, CH) The main aim is to further improve food safety in Europe by the development of faster and more cost-efficient methods for the detection of a wide range of chemical contaminants (persistent organic compounds, perfluorinated compounds, and heavy metals) in different food and feed commodities
ARCRISK (2009–2013)Arctic health risks: Impacts on health in the Arctic and Europe owing to climate-induced changes in contaminant cyclingParticipating laboratories: 22 (NO, SE, DK, FI, DE, UK, ES, SI, CH, CZ, RU, CA) The main aim will be to study the influence of climate change on contaminant spreading and transfer and the resultant risk to human populations in the Arctic and other areas of Europe
COPHES (2009–2012)European coordination action on human biomonitoringParticipating laboratories: 35 (BE, DE, ES, UK, FR, DK, IT, EE, SI, NL, AT, RO, LT, HR, EL, CY, PT, SE, NO, HU, CH, SK, PL, CZ, IE, FI, LU) The main goal is to develop a coherent approach to human biomonitoring in Europe, addressing the aims of Action 3 of the European Environment and Health Action Plan.
ENFIRO (2009–2012)Life cycle assessment of environment-compatible flame retardants (prototypical case study)Participating laboratories: 12 (NL, UK, SE, DE, IT)ENFIRO will offer a prototypical case study on substitution options for BFRs resulting in a comprehensive dataset on viability of production and application, environmental safety, and a complete life cycle assessment
OBELIX (2009–2013) Obesogenic endocrine disrupting chemicals: linking prenatal exposure to the development of obesity later in life Participating laboratories: 7 (NL, BE, NO, FR, SK) Examination of the hypothesis that prenatal exposure to endocrine disrupting compounds in food plays a role in the development of obesity later in life

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