Keynote: Noise and vibration – underestimated risks for pregnant women?

Jenny Selander

Research group leader for EPIC- Exposure to physical and chemical factors and health

Women of reproductive age have during later years to an increasing extent entered traditionally male jobs with high exposure to noise and whole body vibrations. In parallel the knowledge on how these occupational exposures affect the pregnant mother and child have been limited. To address this pressing issue a nation-wide Swedish population based cohort have been created, allowing analyses both of the effects on the mother (e.g. gestational hypertension, diabetes, pre-eclampsia) and on the child (hearing loss, intrauterine growth retardation, preterm birth) from occupational exposure (noise, whole body vibration) and ambient exposure (traffic noise), taking other relevant co-exposures (air pollution, job-strain, smoking etc) into account. The data-base is globally unique, but could be built in more countries with registry linkage opportunities and in a series of studies(two recently published and more in progress) adverse effects are found to be present both in mother and child from the noise exposure as well as the exposure to whole-body vibration. During this key note lecture published and unpublished results from this cohort will be presented together with other published work within this field of research.

Noise and vibraion – underestimated risks for pregnant women?

Jenny Selander: Research group leader for EPIC- Exposure to physical and chemical factors and health

Jenny Selander, Ph.D, serves on the faculty of the Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM), Karolinska Institutet (KI). She is a research group leader for EPIC- Exposure to physical and chemical factors and health, a team of two PhD-students, two post docs and one senior researcher. She is also deputy head of the unit of Occupational Medicine at IMM, KI and the program director for the Master program in Occupational Health (in Swedish), as well as course leader for Scientific Methods within the program.

Dr. Selander conducts research on physical and chemical exposures in occupational and residential settings in relation to health effects such as pregnancy related outcomes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Her focus is to study how exposures (Noise, vibration, air pollution, chemicals, heat, cold, physically strenuous work etc) separately and jointly affect health. Many exposures interact in the occupational and residential areas and joint exposure assessment is needed to evaluate the risks for the individual. Dr. Selander has been involved in noise research since the start of her PhD-studies and has pursued this in her further career. Dr Selander is currently involved in two EU-projects one focusing on environmental exposures and early life ( Equal Life, WP-leader, and partner leader for KI) and one on occupational exposures and health (EPHOR co-applicant), as well as a collaborative Nordic project (NORDSOUND, WP-lead) with an integrating approach to environmental and occupational noise. Further, she is PI/WP-lead for two national program grants and PI for several smaller national research projects.


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7 February 2021
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9 March 2021
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30 April 2021
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1 June 2021
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1 June 2021
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14-17 June 2021
ICBEN 2021


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