How can we assess the exposure to air pollutants?


We are measuring the personal exposure to nitrogen dioxide! In the BiSC project a precise evaluation of the main air pollutants to which the participant is exposed is carried out. Among these pollutants we find nitrogen dioxide, which is one of the most related to road traffic. Nitrogen dioxide measuring equipment is small plastic tubes with two caps at their ends (one gray and one white). In the gray plug, there is a metal mesh impregnated with a reagent that absorbs nitrogen dioxide. To start the measurement, the white cap of the tube is removed and through the [...]

We will expand the knowledge about the presence of nanoplastics in human biological samples


We will be collaborating with the Mount Sinai Hospital to study the nanoplastics ! Nanoplastics are small pieces of plastics that measure less than 100 nm in size. They can be divided into two groups; the primary ones, which are manufactured specifically to be used as products; and the secondary ones, which derive from the deterioration of plastics of greater size. Due to the slow degradation of the [...]

Postnatal visit at 6 months of age

25/11/2019|Evolution of the project|

We have started with the follow up of the babies at 6 months of age! During the visit there will be several tests to evaluate the neurodevelopment of the newborns, among which is the Bayley test, and optionally a test that uses the eye-tracking technique. In addition, more information is collected regarding the health card data and a questionnaire about the health of the baby. For the  environmental [...]

The importance of collecting atmospheric particles in filters


Why do we collect atmospheric particles in filters? The study participants bring for two days a backpack with several equipment to measure their personal exposure to air pollution. One of these devices is a pump that passes the air through a filter. This filter collects particles less than 2.5 μm (so small that they are not visible to the naked eye) called PM2.5 that are in suspension in [...]

Let’s look back…

11/11/2019|Evolution of the project|

The beginnings of the BiSC! It has been a year since we kicked off with the kick-off meeting. Meeting in which we would expose a project with feet and head, an illusion to help our society, help future members of our world, we should know if pollution can affect our potential beings since pregnancy. We all had and are excited about the BISC project, now we look back [...]

A new incorporation in the steering comitee of BiSC

04/11/2019|Evolution of the project|

A new boost to the BiSC steering committee! We are pleased to announce that Dr. Maria Foraster, an assistant research professor at ISGlobal, has become a new member of the BiSC steering committee. This committee, which coordinates the scientific and logistical aspects of the BiSC, already had four members: Dr. Payam Dadvand, Dr. Maria Dolores Gomez Roig, Dr. Elisa Llurba Olive, and Prof. Jordi Sunyer. Given the expertise, [...]

Teamwork, essential for the functioning of the BiSC project

24/10/2019|Evolution of the project|

We have reunited with the midwifes from the "ASSIR Esquerra", who are helping us with the recruitment of the volunteers!  This Wednesday, October 23, 2019, a follow-up meeting on the BiSC project took place at the CAP Manso with the ASSIR Esquerra midwives, who help us in the recruitment of volunteers. In addition, our fieldworker Berta Miralles has explained in an easy and simple way how the environmental [...]

The first magnetic resonance of the project BiSC

15/10/2019|Evolution of the project|

Today, we have done the first magnetic resonance of the BiSC project!! This morning at BBRC (Barcelonaβeta Brain Research Center) we have done the first magnetic resonance trial, with our first voluntary baby and it has been an enterely success! The entire BiSC team wishes to thank their parents, to collaborate in this stage of the project and the baby, as it has been a pleasure to have [...]

Jordi Sunyer, on of the principal investigators of BiSC is interviewed in “Betevé”


We have appearead again in the TV media! Jordi Sunyer, one of the principal investigators of the BiSC project, is interviewed in BTV after the publication of a Belgian study that has recently discovered that contaminating particles can cross the placenta and reach the fetus. Those news, further evidences the importance of the BiSC study, in which one of whose main objectives is to evaluate whether the function [...]