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RO04 Solicitare parteneriat din partea unui partener norvegian

Agenția Norvegiană de Mediu, partenerul de program pentru RO04 Reducerea Substanțelor Periculoase, a înaintat intenția de colaborare a Institutului Norvegian de Sănătate Publică (NIPH) cu un potential partener român interesat.
 
NIPH este una din instituțiile care colaborează cu Agenția Norvegiană de Mediu în gestionarea politicilor norvegiene din domeniul substanțelor periculoase.
 
În continuare puteți afla mai multe informații despre expertiza, experiența si idei de colaborare ale NIPH.
 
DATE DE CONTACT:
Gunnar Brunborg PhD, Department Director, Department of Chemicals and Radiation (MIKS)
E-mail: gunnar.brunborg@fhi.no
Telephone: +47 21076426, mobile phone: +47 91695940.
Norwegian Institute of Public Health,
P.o. box 4404 Nydalen, 0403 Oslo, Norway
Web page: http://www.fhi.no/eway/?pid=240

EEA Grants - R004 programme Reduction of Hazardous Substances

What the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) can offer, in a collaborative project with a Romanian partner

With our expertise and long experience in research and as advisors for the Norwegian health and environment authorities, NIPH/MI can offer partnerships in a variety of collaborative projects within the field of control of hazardous substances (cf. the current open calls under the RO04 PROGRAMME - REDUCTION OF HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES; http://eeagrants.org/opencalls/view/RO04).
 
We envisage various types of projects, all of which can be related to hazardous chemicals in consumer products, air, water, food and cosmetics. The following subjects are relevant:
  • Training in toxicological evaluations in accordance with REACH
  • Evaluation of experimental methods used in toxicological testing of chemicals
  • Statistical methods used for analysis of chemical exposures
  • Organisation and use of databases containing information on hazardous chemicals
  • Use of epidemiological data in large cohort studies
  • Analysis of complex exposure situations
  • Use and analysis of GIS-based information systems
Projects within these areas should be planned to involve contributions from both a Romanian and a Norwegian partner. Further details of projects must be worked out in close collaboration between the partners. We also welcome other suggestions from potential Romanian partners.
 
Contact details:
Gunnar Brunborg PhD, Department Director, Department of Chemicals and Radiation (MIKS)
E-mail: gunnar.brunborg@fhi.no
Telephone: +47 21076426, mobile phone: +47 91695940.
Norwegian Institute of Public Health,
P.o. box 4404 Nydalen, 0403 Oslo, Norway
Web page: http://www.fhi.no/eway/?pid=240


About the Norwegian partner institution

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) is a national competence institution for governmental authorities, the health service, the judiciary, prosecuting authorities, politicians, the media and the general public on issues related to forensic science, physical and mental health, prevention of communicable diseases and prevention of harmful environmental influences. NIPH has approximately 1,000 employees.
NIPH is placed directly under the Ministry of Health and Care Services, alongside the Norwegian Directorate of Health, the Norwegian Board of Health Supervision and the Norwegian Medicines Agency. In addition to its national tasks, NIPH also collaborates with the WHO, EU, EEA, sister institutions, universities, organisations and health authorities in low- and middle-income countries on global health issues.
The Division of Environmental Medicine (MI), one of NIPH’s five divisions, is involved in health risk assessments caused by exposure to environmental toxicants. The activities are based on the disciplines of toxicology, chemical analysis, medicine, cell biology and nutrition knowledge.
The division is a competence centre for environment and health with a high international level on its research and services. Its staff of 90 (50 scientists, plus postdocs, PhD students, and technical/administrative staff), give expert advice and perform research in the following areas: Special analyses on health damaging pollutants in humans and in the environment; evaluations and advice nationally and internationally on issues of water hygiene, nutrients and other components in food and drinking water; chemicals in consumer products and biological effects of radiation; environmental conditions and allergy; outdoor and indoor air pollution; and noise. MI administer three national registries; The Food Allergy Registry, The Registry for adverse effects from the use of cosmetics, and The Water Works Registry. Transfer of knowledge on environment and health is an additionally important responsibility. There is extensive collaboration with EU, via EFSA, ECHA and others.   
The activities are organised in four departments: Department of Air Pollution and Noise (MILS), Department of Chemicals and Radiation (MIKS), Department of Food, Water and Cosmetics (MIVM) and Department of Exposure and Risk Assessment (MIKR).


Expert advice in the control of hazardous substances

The departments of MI – in particular MIKS – has since many years collaborated closely with the Norwegian Environment Agency (under the Ministry of Climate and Environment), which is responsible for our national regulation of environmental pollution and hazardous chemicals. Via the contact with the Environmental Agency, MIKS’s nine scientists are engaged in toxicological evaluations of chemical substances for ECHA (REACH and Biocide regulations), the Stockholm Convention etc.
These are some examples of important substances which MIKS has worked with during the last years: Bisphenol A, organic mercury compunds, PFCs (PFOA), DecaBDE, chlorophene, and organic tin compounds. Senior scientists at MIKS and other MI departments have participated in expert groups within ECHA (Endocrine Disruptor Expert Group, evaluation of genotoxicity test systems) and have on many occasions assisted the Norwegian Environment Agency in international negotiations and meetings.
The other departments (MILS, MIVM and MIKR) have major roles as advisors in the control of air pollution, water contaminants and water quality, and food/nutrition, assisting the Norwegian Environment Agency and the Norwegian Food Safety Authority in these and similar issues.


Experimental research

The scientists at MI, many of which are Registered European Toxicologists, have strong backgrounds in classical and mechanistic toxicology/genotoxicology, nutrition, general biology/biochemistry, and analytical chemistry. Advanced molecular biology and genomics play an increasingly important role. There is a strong focus on mechanistic research and on evaluation of complex exposures, implying development and evaluation of molecular biomarkers. The departments at MI have well equipped laboratories with state-of-the-art instrumentation for cellular, genotoxicity, molecular biology and analytical research. Experiments with animals (mice and rats) are important and there are in-house facilities for such work. There is interdisciplinary collaboration between research groups in the other divisions at NIPH, comprising medical biology, clinical research and epidemiology, and the Mother and child Biobank (MoBa) study at NIPH. Molecular techniques are used to study biomarkers of disease of major public health significance. Coupled with experimental animal and cell culture research, human samples provide a unique opportunity to study genomic/epigenomic integrity of DNA and their association with specific disease.


International research collaboration

MI departments participate in a number of past and current large EU projects (NewGeneris, HELIX, GERONIMO). MI (MIKS) is a partner in CERAD (Centre of Excellence in Environmental Radioactivity, 2013 - 2017), one of 13 Centres of Excellence financed by the Norwegian Research Council (http://www.forskningsradet.no/prognett-sff/Centres_at_a_glance/1224067001819). MIKS and MILS have in the past participated in several EEA-financed projects (with Poland, and the Czech Republic).