Early environmental quality and life-course mental health effects: The Equal-Life project

Equal-Life Team, Irene van Kamp, Maarten Hornikx, Ella Braat-Eggen

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Abstract

There is increasing evidence that a complex interplay of factors within children's environments, including environmental noise, contributes to mental ill-health and suboptimal cognitive development later on in life. The concept of the life-course exposome helps to study the impact of the physical (e.g., acoustic) and social environment on cognitive development and mental health in young people over time. Equal-Life develops and tests combined exposures. Data from eleven studies (N=240.000) linked to exposure data will provide insights and policy guidance into aspects of physical and social exposures hitherto untapped at different scale levels and timeframes while accounting for social inequities. Exposure assessment combines GIS-based environmental indicators with omics approaches and new data sources, forming the early-life exposome. Statistical tools integrate data at different spatial and temporal granularity and combine exploratory machine learning models with hypothesis-driven causal modeling. Equal-Life contributes to the exposome concept by 1) integrating the internal, physical and social exposomes, 2) studying life-course effects on a child's development and mental health, 3) characterizing the child's environment at different stages and in different activity spaces, 4) looking at supportive environments for child development, rather than merely pollutants, 5) combining physical, social indicators with novel effect markers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 24th International Congress on Acoustics, October 24 to 28, 2022, in Gyeongju, Korea
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event24th International Congress on Acoustics, ICA 2022 - Gyeongju, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 24 Oct 202228 Oct 2022

Conference

Conference24th International Congress on Acoustics, ICA 2022
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of
CityGyeongju
Period24/10/2228/10/22

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
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Funding

We gratefully acknowledge the contribution of the Equal-Life consortium members and the members of the advisory committee (www.equal-Life.eu). This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 874724 and is co-funded by the International Strategic Research Scheme of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management Directorate Sustainable Living Environment and Circular Economy. Equal-Life is part of the European Human Exposome Network (EHEN).

FundersFunder number
Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management Directorate Sustainable Living Environment and Circular Economy
European Human Exposome Network
Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu
Horizon 2020874724

    Keywords

    • Children
    • Cognitive development
    • Early Life Exposures
    • Exposome
    • Mental health

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