The ZBE was activated the past January 2! The Barcelona City Council has activated this January 2, an action plan to reduce air pollution from motor vehicles. The ZBE, is a restricted area of ​​more than 95km2 where vehicles that do not have the DGT environmental badge, cannot drive and can be sanctioned from April 1, 2020. The area that will remain restricted includes the Ronda de Dalt to the Ronda Litoral and part of the Hospitalet de Llobregat, Cornellà de Llobregat, Esplugues de Llobregat and Sant Adrià del Besòs. The purpose of this restriction is to improve [...]

See you in 2020!

20/12/2019|Evolution of the project|

We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! We are reaching the end of the year 2019, and we would like to thank all the people who are involved in the BiSC project for all their efforts and motivation. We hope that upcoming year we can continue with all the work done until now and that it is like the one that we are ending or better! [...]

One of the volunteers from BiSC at “betevé”!

19/12/2019|Evolution of the project|

The testimony of a BiSC volunteer at "betevé"! After more than a year of starting volunteer recruitment for the BiSC project, we are back in the media! In this report we can see the testimony of one of the project volunteers, Roser, throughout the video she explains a little bit the functioning of the project and the different tasks that you must perform when you participate. As many [...]

How can we assess the exposure to air pollutants?

09/12/2019|Evolution of the project|

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 [...]

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, [...]