B3986 - Early Environmental quality and life-course mental health effects - Equal Life - 15/02/2022

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Principal applicant name: 
Anna Hansell | University of Leicester, Centre for Environmental Health and Sustainability (United Kingdom)
Miss Yingxin Chen, Professor John Gulliver, Dr Arzu Arat, Professor Charlotte Clark, Professor Jenny Selander, Dr Calvin Jephcote, Professor Irene van Kamp, Dr Tatiana Alvares-Sanches, Ms Kathryn Adams
Title of project: 
Early Environmental quality and life-course mental health effects - Equal Life
Proposal summary: 

Air pollution, road transport noise and other environmental exposures in pregnancy and early life may affect many aspects of a child's development and have long-term effects tracking into adult life. However, there are few studies on the impact of very early life exposures to environmental pollution. This study will focus on effects of environmental exposures in early life on mental health and cognition in childhood. The analyses will form part of a large European study with over 30 participating institutions. The answers will help develop environmental policies to protect children's health and development.

Impact of research: 
The findings of this project would provide new knowledge that will inform UK and European guidelines and policy for the provision of healthy educational environments for children, having relevance for the design and placement of new schools and roads, as well as for air pollution and noise abatement schemes for schools exposed to high levels of noise. It is intended to publish results in high impact journals at the end of the project, which might contribute to policy decision-making and/or future follow-up studies.
Date proposal received: 
Monday, 31 January, 2022
Date proposal approved: 
Tuesday, 1 February, 2022
Epidemiology, Behaviour - e.g. antisocial behaviour, risk behaviour, etc., Developmental disorders - autism, Cognitive impairment, Learning difficulty, Mental health, Speech/language problem, Statistical methods, Cohort studies - attrition, bias, participant engagement, ethics, Cognition - cognitive function, Development, Environment - enviromental exposure, pollution, Intelligence - memory, Linkage, Speech and language