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Exposures during fetal life can affect the risk of later life diseases

Research project Exposures during fetal life can affect the risk of later life diseases – studies in NorthPop.

During fetal life we are exposed to many compounds that could potentially affect our later life health.

Head of project

Sophia Harlid
Research fellow

Project overview

Project period:

2019-01-01 2028-12-31

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Radiation Sciences

Research area

Public health and health care science

External funding

Swedish Research Council, Formas, Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation

Project description

I work within the birth cohort NorthPop to identify common environmental contaminants that affect later life health. This information will then be used to understand the mechanisms behind the rising incidence of e.g., asthma and allergies in urban societies today.

Within this project, epigenetic changes resulting from fetal exposures are also assessed (through measurements of DNA methylation in cord blood samples), to see if epigenetic differences could partly explain why some children are more sensitive than others.

External funding

Latest update: 2021-11-29