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Conducting academic research and training to better understand the impact of environmental contaminants on human health and the environment.

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The unique combination of chemists, toxicologists and epidemiologists enables a holistic approach of environmental and human health topics.


The bachelor programme Health and Life focusses on all aspects of life, health and disease from the level of the molecule to the level of society.

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Latest news: Research with embryos of zebrafish shows risk rubber granules in artificial grass

15 February 2017
Artificial grassToxicologists Jessica Legradi, Sicco Brandsma and Jacob de Boer exposed embryos of zebra fish for one day to undiluted water that had been in contact with rubber granules. These embryos died within five days. In diluted water, the fish embryos showed hyperactive behavior. Prof. Jacob de Boer: "The results of the zebrafish study are an important indicator of potential health effects in humans, but more research is needed to determine this. We don't know yet how much and which toxic substances are present." Read the news item (In Dutch)

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