New study to evaluate the emotional state of BiSC volunteers


New study to evaluate the emotional state of BiSC volunteers We are in a moment of exceptionality, affected by a viral pandemic which is having significant consequences for the number and severity of people affected worldwide. Another consequence of the pandemic and the situation in Spain is the declaration of the state of alarm and the restriction of movement of the population, which has been confined to cut off the avalanche of COVID-19 infections. This isolation over a relatively long period of time, without direct contact with other people and unable to leave a relatively small space, can [...]

New point enabled at the “Hospital de Sant Pau” for pregnant women


New point enabled at the "Hospital de Sant Pau" for pregnant women On March 19, the "Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau", enabled a new specific point for pregnant women who have suspicion of COVID-19, so people with presence of symptoms or very close contact with someone confirmed by COVID-19. The point is located at the Infectious Day Hospital in Sant Pau (floor 0), and the [...]

Information for Pregnant and Families – Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)


Information for Pregnant and Families - Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Jordi Sunyer, principal investigator of the BiSC project, shared some thoughts and / or recommendations addressed to the entire population: 1. There is reason to be optimistic. Every day we have new data and evidence of how to overcome it. 2. Create a window for information (30 'in the morning and 30' in the rest) and avoid opinions and speculation. [...]

There are already 300 participants enrolled in the “Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau”

16/03/2020|Evolution of the project|

There are already 300 pregnant women who collaborate in the BiSC study at the "Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau"! More and more couples are interested in studying air pollution and their repercussions on babies, already from early stages of life. That is why we face a growing demand for information on the BiSC project, by outpatients, hospitals or even schools. Last week volunteer number 300 [...]

The visit at 6 months

03/03/2020|Evolution of the project|

The postnatal visit at 6 months have already started!! The 6-month postnatal visit is a long-awaited visit by families as it allows them to have an enriching experience with their children between the ages of 6 and 7 months. This is a visit where the child's neurodevelopmental assessment is performed through a specific test, the Developmental Bayley-III Scales (Bayley, 2006), which collects information through careful observation of children's [...]

BiSC Retreat 2020

02/03/2020|Evolution of the project|

The last Friday the retreat 2020 of BiSC was held on PRBB! Last Friday, February 28, 2020, everyone involved in the BiSC project was able to meet and catch up on the evolution of the project. We introduced new additions and all new features added to the project regarding exposure assessment, biological sample collection, or baby follow-up. The morning started with a brief introduction to the project, followed [...]


25/02/2020|Evolution of the project|

A few months ago we started performing the MRI's of the project and we have already done 25!!! One of the main goals of the BiSC project is to evaluate the impact of environmental pollution on the cognitive and structural development of the baby's brain. To do this, we need an MRI scan on a BiSC baby subgroup. This imaging test is completely safe, non-invasive, with no side [...]


17/02/2020|Evolution of the project|

Assesing noise exposure in BiSC At BiSC, in addition to exposure to air pollution during pregnancy, we also study exposure to noise, as together they are the main environmental pollutants in cities and those that most affect health in Europe. Noise is an unwanted sound, and traffic is its most common source. And how do we measure noise exposure? During the visit to the participants' home during the [...]


10/02/2020|Science, Evolution of the project|

Presence of polluting particles in placenta "Black carbon" is a component present in the smoke of the motors of the vehicles that use hydrocarbons as fuel. These are very small particles (with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers) that are produced by incomplete combustion of fossil fuels and are suspended in the air we breathe, entering by air into our body. Image of the exhaust pipe [...]