GCAT | Environment and Health
Living in a healthy environment leads to greater well-being and longevity.
Our environment together with our genes determines how we target disease, affecting when and how it can develop.
In collaboration with the BST and ISGlobal Barcelona, and with your help, we are starting a new study to look at the effect on the health of the environment and our personal habits, measuring the environmental factors to which it is subjected in its daily life, such as alterations in air quality, nocturnal light exposure, or the proximity of green areas, among others.
The new GCAT- Environment and Health project needs 200 volunteers, who are already part of the GCAT, to participate in the study where we will define and validate different environmental exposure maps.
Defining this exposures maps we can measure the effect of pollution on our health and determine scientific actions that improve it, offering personalized solutions to our genetic profile.
- Why make an environmental exposure map?
Diseases are the combined reflection of the action of our genes and our daily life habits, diet, exercise, tobacco, etc. But they are also caused by exposure to the environmental conditions in which we move daily and the degree of exposure to which we are subject, which we call the environmental exposure map.
- If, as GCAT, I already collaborated in the study, why do you need 200 volunteers to define the environmental exposure map?
Currently the environmental information available is very extensive and refined, obtained with advanced Geographic Information Systems. This information allows us to draw the environmental exposure map of the GCAT but we need to validate it and verify it with personal measurements in a small group of volunteers.
- What does my participation consist of?
Each volunteer will be provided with a mobile phone with a GPS application, an air pollution meter and an accelerometer (a bracelet that measures physical activity), which will collect environmental data in your ordinary journeys, during the period of one week. In the interior of the houses we will also put an atmospheric pollution meter and a night light meter. In addition, a small blood sample (10ml) will be taken to compare it with the one taken when the participation in the GCAT began.
- Where do I go to participate as a validator of this study?
If you are a GCAT volunteer and want to participate, we will open a channel shortly so that you can leave us your contact information and we will call you to arrange an appointment. Once the appointment has been defined, the GCAT-ISGLOBAL staff will inform you and explain how to carry out the measurements with the different devices.