Environmental Epidemiology and Child Development

Responsable de Grupo: Jesús Ibarluzea, Ph.D.

Dept. Health – Provincial Health and Addictions Authority of Gipuzkoa.
Sub-directorate of Public Health of Gipuzkoa
Dr. Jesús Ibarluzea Maurolagoitia is a Biologist and Psychologist (University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU), MSc Environmental Health (Puerto Rico School of Public Health), Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering and Doctor in Public Health (University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU). He currently works at the Gipuzkoa Sub-Office of Public Health and Addictions, Basque Government Ministry of Health and is Leader of the Epidemiology and Public Health Area at the Biodonostia HRI, where he is also Head of the Environmental Epidemiology and Child Development Group. His activity is mainly focused on the effect of environmental factors, very widely understood, on the physical and neuropsychological development of children and young people (INMA Environment and Childhood project).
He is a currently teacher of the Master’s Degree in Public Health and of the Master’s Degree in General Health Psychology while at same time directing several doctoral theses. Dr. Ibarluzea is a Collaborating Researcher of the UPV/EHU Faculty of Psychology and Principal Researcher of group 28 on Public Health at the CIBEResp (Carlos III Health Institute Network Centre of Biomedical Research in Epidemiology and Public Health). He has more than 120 publications in high-impact journals (>75% in Q1 and more than 60% in D1). H-index: 32.

Strategic Objectives

INMA Project (Childhood and Environment). A multi-centre monitoring project in which cohorts from Menorca, Sabadell, Granada, Valencia, Asturias and Gipuzkoa participate, and which studies the relationship between exposure to environmental agents and childhood development. The cohort monitoring phases of pregnant women and their children have been carried out, during pregnancy (every three months), at birth, at one year, and at the age of 2 and 4. The next step is to monitor the phases at age 7 and 10.

  • To describe the exposure to common contaminants, from the first to the fourth year of life: atmospheric pollution, by products derived from disinfecting the water. To analyse the evolution over time.
  • To measure the association between pre-natal and post-natal exposure to atmospheric contaminants and pollutants in drinking water and children’s physical and neurobehavioural development at the ages of 2 and 4 years old.
  • To measure the association between pre-natal exposure to pollutants such as POPs and heavy metals (umbilical cord) and the neurobehavioural development of a child at the ages of 2 and 4, analysing the coherence with the results obtained at the age of one year.
  • To assess the role of the quality of domestic ecology, the parents’ degree of intelligence, social support network and social class in the neurobehavioural development, sociodemographic determining factors, health and healthy habits: pregnancy and early childhood.
  • To integrate the data from this study with those from the other cohorts in the INMA Project.

Main lines of research

  • Environmental and atmospheric pollution, drinking water contamination, diet and health.
  • Effects of interior and exterior atmospheric pollution and contamination of drinking water and for domestic use in neurodevelopment and respiratory diseases.
  • Association between pre-natal exposure and during the early years of life to pollutants such as POPs, endocrine disruptors and heavy metals, and neurobehavioural development in childhood.
  • Development, application and/or adaptation of the different scales and testing to assess neurobehavioural and domestic aspects (Etxadi-Gangoiti), school environment and other scales in childhood. Relationship of the aspects of the family structure and function, and cognitive development.
  • Sociodemographic and health determining factors during pregnancy and early childhood.
  • Obesity and metabolic disorder in childhood.
  • Assessment of the physical environmental agents and their effect on health.

Team Members

Name Surname
Center E-mail
Joana Acha Morcillo UPV – EHU joana.acha@ehu.eus
Jon Iñaki Alvarez Uriarte Public Health Subdirection ji-alvarezuriarte@euskadi.eus
Ainara Andiarena Villaverde UPV – EHU ainara.andiarena@ehu.es
Enrique Arranz Freijo UPV – EHU e.arranzfreijo@ehu.es
Mikel Ayerdi Barandiaran Dep. Health Subdirection – PH Gipuzkoa esk-tolosa4@euskadi.eus
Florencia Barreto Zarza UPV – EHU flor.barreto@ehu.eus
Miguel Basterretxea Irurzun Dep. Health Subdirection – PH Gipuzkoa epidem1-san@euskadi.eus
Eduardo Fano Ardanaz          UPV – EHU eduardo.fano@ehu.es
Mara Gallastegui Bilbao Biodonostia HRI m-gallasteguibilbao@euskadi.eus
Gonzalo García-Baquero Moneo Public Health Subdirection ggbmoneo@ciberesp.es
Álvaro Goñi de Francisco Public Health Subdirection alvaro.gonidefrancisco@osakidetza.eus
Arantxa Gorostiaga Manterola UPV – EHU arantxa.gorostiaga@ehu.es
Ana María Jiménez Zabala    Public Health Subdirection mambien1-san@euskadi.eus
Alba Jimeno Romero Public Health Subdirection alba.jimeno@ehu.eus
Nerea Lertxundi Iribar UPV – EHU nerea.lertxundi@ehu.es
Aitana Lertxundi Manterola      UPV – EHU aitana.lertxundi@ehu.eus
Mª Dolores Martínez López De Dicastillo Dep. Environment and Land Planning dml-martinez@euskadi.eus
Madalen Oribe Amores UPV – EHU mada8722@gmail.com
Manuel Sánchez de Miguel UPV-EHU manu.sanchez@ehu.es
Loreto Santa Marina Rodríguez  Dep. Health Subdirection – PH Gipuzkoa ambien4ss-san@euskadi.eus
Nerea Urbieta Macazaga Dep. Health Subdirection – PH Gipuzkoa
Oscar Vegas Moreno UPV – EHU o.vegas@ehu.es
Carlos Zabaleta Camino Goierri-Alto Urola IHO carlos.zabaletacamino@osakidetza.eus
Miren Begoña Zubero Oleagoitia UPV – EHU mirenbegona.zubero@ehu.eus

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