Published on November 13th, 2013 | by Anneli Hidalgo0
Million investment in ecotoxicology research
The Swedish Research Council Formas has granted SEK 30 million to a research group to study the effects of chemicals and the safety for mankind and environment.
The Swedish Research Council Formas is assigned to promote and support basic research and needs-driven research in the areas environment, agricultural sciences and spatial planning. The research group granted the support will study the subject closer, initially for three years (2013-2015). Today there are more than 100 000 industrially manufactured chemical substances afloat, states Formas. The substances are spread through various sources and humans as well as other living organisms are at risk of being hurt during exposure. There are for example a number of connections between hormone-changing chemicals and reproduction disorders. According to Formas, these connections show a growing need for new knowledge to make qualified judgements of the effects of chemicals.
The main applicants in the research group are Professor Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson at Karolinska Institutet along with scientists at Gothenburg University, The Royal Institute of Technology, Linköping University, Uppsala University, Stockholm University among others.