Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)
Child Health Programme
Barcelona Biomedical Research Park, PRBB
Doctor Aiguader, 88
The Barcelona Institute for Global Health, ISGlobal, is the fruit of an innovative alliance between academic, government, and philanthropic institutions to contribute to the efforts undertaken by the international community to address the challenges in global health. Its ultimate goal is to help close the gaps in health disparities between and within different regions of the world.
The ISGlobal Programme on Child Health evaluates the effects of environmental contaminants, nutrition and lifestyles during prenatal and postnatal life on the development and health of children, including maturation of the neurobehavioral system, obesity, metabolism, respiratory health and mental health.
Within the Child Health program there is a strong focus on longitudinal birth cohort research. The INMA Project (INMA – Infancia y Medio Ambiente, www.proyectoinma.org), a Spanish network of birth cohorts, is a productive structured platform for etiological research on child health, growth and development. ISGlobal is also instrumental in the building of a network of birth cohorts in Europe as part of three European projects (ENRIECO, CHICOS, and LifeCycle), resulting in a framework for data sharing and harmonization across more than 30 European birth cohorts. Further, ISGlobal is a world-leader in neurodevelopment studies with special interest in the study of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders and autism spectrum disorders. The ERC advanced grant BREATHE, granted to Jordi Sunyer, aims to uncover the air pollution effects on ADHD and neurodevelopment, incorporating genetic and neuroimaging information. Recently, the Child Health programme has initiated work on the Exposome through the HELIX (Human Early Life Exposome) EC FP7 project (Martine Vrijheid) aiming to move towards a more holistic approach to studying co-existing exposures and their joint effects on child health. Many other nationally and EC funded projects are related with the child health program, including GERONIMO on electromagnetic fields, HBM4EU on human biomonitoring, EUTHYROID on thyroid function, APACHE and ESCAPE on air pollution, MEDALL on allergy and asthma, HiWATE on water contamination, PHENOTYPE on the built environment, and HiTEA on indoor air pollution.