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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: Microplastic contamination widespread throughout Dutch marine and freshwater systems

21 February 2017
microplasticsThese findings are described in a new publication by E&H researchers in collaboration with Prof. Dick Vethaak of both the VU-E&H and Deltares. The diverse dataset shows that plastic pollution is found at significant concentrations in major Dutch rivers, treated wastewater effluents, Amsterdam canals, several coastal marine species, as well as in estuarine and marine sediments off the Dutch coast. The environmental monitoring of plastic concentrations is a key aspect in the process of pollution mitigation, and this study provides the best baseline available to date for microplastic pollution in the Netherlands. Contact: heather.leslie@vu.nl

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