The project’s aim is to include all the pregnancy and birth cohorts in Europe that have at least some environmental component.
Overall the focus is on exposure response functions/relationships in environment and health in pregnancy and early childhood. The focus is to a large extent on extracting environmental exposure response relationships from existing data with some new work on specific environmental exposure response relationships, and preparatory work on how to obtain them such as standardizing exposure and health outcomes.
The structuring and consolidation of often fragmented data from various studies undertaken throughout Europe will improve the knowledge base for environment and health linkages. Data regarding environment-health causal relationships will be more readily available in a form useful for policy makers. The total duration of the project is 2 years to keep everyone focused and allow timely dissemination of the results.
An overall principle is to be transparent and open in with the information obtained by the project and share it with stakeholders including other researchers, policy makers and the public.