Department Environment & Health (VU) receives 3.1 million for research

AIMMS researchers of the department of Environment & Health will receive 3.1 million for three different research projects. In addition, researchers of this department discuss various scientific topics in (inter)national media.

01/24/2019 | 9:13 AM

Funding for development testing methods for hormone disruptors
The Environment & Health department of the VU receives over 3.1 million euros for three different research projects, aimed at developing test methods for hormone disrupting substances. These methods do not yet exist, but are desperately needed. You can find more information about this topic (in Dutch) here.

Heather Leslie about plastics
Leslie commented recently in The Guardian about plastic that is processed in cattle feed. In the United Kingdom it is legal to recycle old packaged food in its entirety and to process it in food for animals. ‘There is a lack of transparency about what animals, that people eat, get to eat,’ says Heather Leslie. The plastic came to light after a British farmer noticed the plastic particles in the cattle feed and contacted the supplier. You can find the article here.

In addition, Heather Leslie gave a lecture at the University of the Netherlands about plastic in the ocean. The fact that the ocean is full of plastic junk is now a well-known problem. Fortunately, there are projects such as the Ocean Cleanup. However, according to Heather Leslie (AIMMS) we are not there yet! Heather Leslie gave an inspirational lecture at the University of the Netherlands. You can find the lecture here.

Jacob de Boer about DuPont/Chemours, pesticides on Goji berries and health risks of people living in Eefde
De Boer comments in the Dutch newspaper AD on results of a research about the DuPont/Chemours case. PFOA, which Chemours used for years in the production of teflon, is much more harmful to health than expected. ‘This means quite a lot, not only for Dordrecht and surroundings, but for the whole of Europe. It is just fifteen times more toxic than we thought,’ says Professor of environmental chemistry Jacob de Boer. He was there when the EFSA presented the results of their research earlier this year. You can find the article here.

In the Dutch TV-program EenVandaag Jacob de Boer commented on another toxic substance: pesticides on Goji berries. Goji berries are known as very healthy, but often they are not. Many of the Goji berries found in Dutch stores are contaminated with pesticides. Toxicologist Jacob de Boer (AIMMS) explained in the Dutch TV-programme EenVandaag how harmful these substances are. You can find the fragment here.

Thirdly, Jacob de Boer commented in the Dutch news program Editie NL on the health risks of people living in Eefde, a village in the province Gelderland. Residents say that a remarkable number of people have cancer in Eefde. ‘Sometimes you think the industrial area has something to do with it, but you can not prove that.' Jacob de Boer: ‘To investigate that you have to look at what is produced and what substances are used. But you also have to exclude other factors.’ You can find the fragment here.