Urban environment and collective health


"Sustainable, healthy and resilient cities" Collective health is determined by the complex interaction of different factors, among which we can find the environment where we live. In the last years, we have been able to observe how the press fills their newspapers about the relationship between them. Knowing that the quality of the air in Barcelona is a conditioning factor for our health is something that most of the population already knows. However, knowing that this environment is also a promoter of more or less healthy lifestyles is not so obvious, even though it is an essential fact [...]

Noise: one of the environmental factors assessed in BiSC


"Noise: Much More than a Nuisance" In the following link, our partner of BISC,  Maria Foraster explains the effects of the noise on the health, which is one of the environmental factors with air pollution, that cause the most harm to human health. Link to the news, published in ISGlobal website.

Pilot trails of magnetic resonance

21/05/2019|Evolution of the project|

During the month of June, the pilot trails of magnetic resonance will begin One of the objectives of the BiSC project is to evaluate the impact of exposure to air pollution during pregnancy in the structural brain development of babies. A total of 400 babies from the BiSC project will participate in this test throughout the study. During the month of June, we will begin pilot trials, and [...]

Air pollution and pregnancy – 20th of May at the Biomedical Research Park of Barcelona


What do we know about air pollution and pregnancy? On May 20, 2019, at 6:00 pm an event will be held at the Biomedical Research Park of Barcelona, ​​where the scientific community will inform about the impact of air pollution on pregnancy. This is a free access event that is part of the citizen science project CitieSHealth, from the BiSC project we encourage you to attend to learn [...]

The importance of air quality

13/05/2019|Evolution of the project|

"In cities, traffic is one of the main sources of environmental pollution" Environmental pollution in cities is a public health problem and is considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the most important global priorities. Recently in the European Heart Journal, a German study was published, in which the researchers stated that environmental pollution caused 800,000 deaths per year and warned of the impact of [...]

New additions to the BiSC project!

06/05/2019|Evolution of the project|

"As the BiSC project is growing, so is the team of people behind it" In recent months we have had new additions to the BiSC project; we would like to welcome Sara Llobera and Susana Ramon as field workers, to Niko Kogevinas who will be in charge of the introduction of data and Júlia Huerta as a nurse at the "Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant [...]

The first visit of the participants, essential for the BiSC project!

29/04/2019|Evolution of the project|

"It is beautiful to know that there is people who want to participate in studies such as BiSC to try to change the city where we live and where our children will grow" This week, Sílvia Fochs, one of the nurses in the BiSC project, explains the content of the first visit of the participants who become part of the BiSC cohort around 12 weeks of gestation. Throughout the [...]

The first baby of the BiSC cohort!

09/04/2019|Evolution of the project|

The first birth of the BiSC cohort The first baby of the BiSC cohort was born; Leo, who was born on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at 3:00 a.m. at the “Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau” in Barcelona. Both his mother, Sara and Leo are very well. Leo's family accompanied by Dra. Elisa Llurba, one of the principal investigators of the BiSC project [...]

More than 190 pregnant women are already participating in the project BiSC!

08/04/2019|Evolution of the project|

BiSC, a new birth cohort in Barcelona The project BiSC began at the end of 2018 and there are now more than 190 pregnant women included. The main objective of the BiSC project is to create a new birth cohort in Barcelona and study how Barcelona's air pollution affects the development of the baby during pregnancy, among others. The latest published studies showed  that in 2010, the city [...]