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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(5), 1341-1357; doi:10.3390/ijerph8051341

AGRICOH: A Consortium of Agricultural Cohorts

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1 Section of Environment and Radiation, International Agency for Research on Cancer, 150 Cours Albert Thomas, 69372 Lyon CEDEX 08, France 2 Section of IARC Monographs (KS), International Agency for Research on Cancer, 150 Cours Albert Thomas, 69372 Lyon CEDEX 08, France 3 Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, 6116 Executive Blvd 7004, Rockville, MD 20852, USA 4 Centre for Public Health Research, School of Public Health, Massey University, P.O. Box 756, Wellington 6140, New Zealand 5 Epidemiology Branch, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, 12 Davis Dr., Durham, NC 27703, USA 6 Environmental Epidemiology Division (IRAS), Utrecht University, P.O. Box 80125, 3508 TC Utrecht, The Netherlands 7 Centre Régional de Lutte Contre le Cancer François Baclesse, Université de Caen, Esplanade de la Paix, 14000 Caen, France 8 National Institute of Occupational Health, P.O. Box 8149 Dep, N-0033 Oslo, Norway 9 Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine, University of California, Davis One Shields Avenue Davis, CA 95616, USA 10 Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, Epidemiology Research Centre, Webmaster, RL4, 1000 N. Oak Ave., Marshfield, WI 54449, USA 11 Epidemiology of Allergic and Respiratory Diseases Department, UMR S 707 INSERM & UPMC Paris 6, Medical School Saint-Antoine, 27, rue Chaligny, 75571 Paris CEDEX 12, France 12 Institut de Santé Travail Environnement, Université Bordeaux, 351 cours de la Libération, 33405 TALENCE Cedex, Bordeaux, France 13 Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health Research, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch 7701, Cape Town, South Africa 14 Unité Cancer et Environnement, Centre Léon Bérard, 28 rue Laennec, 69008 Lyon, France 15 Cancer Registry of Norway, Institute of Population-Based Cancer Research, P.O. Box 5313 Majorstuen, N-0304 Oslo, Norway 16 Department of Epidemiology, The University of Iowa, 2222 Old Hwy 218 S, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA 17 Cancer Care Ontario, 620 University Avenue Toronto Ontario M5G 2L7, Canada 18 College of Public Health, General Hospital, The University of Iowa, 2222 Old Hwy 218 S, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA 19 Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Institution of Agricultural Rural and Environmental Health, University of Saskatchewan, Royal University Hospital, 300, 410-22nd Street East, Saskatoon SK S7K 5T6, Canada 20 School of Public Health, Department of Environmental & Occupational Medicine, University of Aarhus, Nordre Ringgade 1, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark 21 Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1603 West Taylor Street, Chicago, IL 60612, USA 22 Central American Institute for Studies on Toxic Substances (IRET), Universidad Nacional, Heredia, Calle 9, Avenidas 0 y 9 86-3000, Costa Rica 23 Department of Preventive Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, 3 Daehangno, Chongno-gu, Seoul 110-799, Korea AGRICOH coordinator. AGRICOH steering committee member.
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Received: 1 March 2011 / Revised: 22 April 2011 / Accepted: 25 April 2011 / Published: 29 April 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pesticides and Health)
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AGRICOH is a recently formed consortium of agricultural cohort studies involving 22 cohorts from nine countries in five continents: South Africa (1), Canada (3), Costa Rica (2), USA (6), Republic of Korea (1), New Zealand (2), Denmark (1), France (3) and Norway (3). The aim of AGRICOH, initiated by the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) and coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), is to promote and sustain collaboration and pooling of data to investigate the association between a wide range of agricultural exposures and a wide range of health outcomes, with a particular focus on associations that cannot easily be addressed in individual studies because of rare exposures (e.g., use of infrequently applied chemicals) or relatively rare outcomes (e.g., certain types of cancer, neurologic and auto-immune diseases). To facilitate future projects the need for data harmonization of selected variables is required and is underway. Altogether, AGRICOH provides excellent opportunities for studying cancer, respiratory, neurologic, and auto-immune diseases as well as reproductive and allergic disorders, injuries and overall mortality in association with a wide array of exposures, prominent among these the application of pesticides.
Keywords: agriculture; cohort studies; consortium, pesticides; occupational exposures agriculture; cohort studies; consortium, pesticides; occupational exposures
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Leon, M.E.; Freeman, L.E.B.; Douwes, J.; Hoppin, J.A.; Kromhout, H.; Lebailly, P.; Nordby, K.-C.; Schenker, M.; Schüz, J.; Waring, S.C.; Alavanja, M.C.; Annesi-Maesano, I.; Baldi, I.; Dalvie, M.A.; Ferro, G.; Fervers, B.; Langseth, H.; London, L.; Lynch, C.F.; McLaughlin, J.; Merchant, J.A.; Pahwa, P.; Sigsgaard, T.; Stayner, L.T.; Wesseling, C.; Yoo, K.-Y.; Zahm, S.H.; Straif, K.; Blair, A. AGRICOH: A Consortium of Agricultural Cohorts. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8, 1341-1357.

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