Environmental and ecological topics continue to be the most important issues in Israel as well as in the Middle East and in many developed and under-developed countries. Industrialization and development are often accompanied by environmental harm and over-exploitation of natural resources. Local and regional changes often result in air and water pollution, which may cause serious diseases of various organs and body systems. Thus, a multidisciplinary and multidimensional approach is called for to identify and prevent the health effects of environmental pollution.
Research at the Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine at the Technion brings together scientists, epidemiologists and physicians who collaborate on major issues in environmental health.
The following topics are now being investigated by several research groups:
Several courses, which are given by researchers of the Unit of Epidemiology, focuses on Environmental Medicine and the methodology to examine environmental hazards, criteria of causality and causal relationships between environmental risk factors and diseases, the control of potential confounding factors to identify the risk of a single environmental factor, and effect modification by demographic variables such as age, gender, education and ethnic origin.
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