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Towards a Global Perspective of Environmental Health: Defining the Research Grounds of an Institute of Environmental Health

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Instituto de Saúde Ambiental, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa, 1649-028 Lisboa, Portugal
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Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa, 1600-190 Lisboa, Portugal
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Faculdade de Motricidade Humana, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa, 1499-002 Dafundo, Portugal
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Instituto de Investigação Científica Bento da Rocha Cabral, 1250-047 Lisboa, Portugal
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Departamento de Microbiologia e Imunologia, Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade de Lisboa, 1649-003 Lisboa, Portugal
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Departamento de Doenças Infecciosas, Instituto Nacional de Saúde Doutor Ricardo Jorge, 1600-560 Lisboa, Portugal
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Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, 1349-008 Lisboa, Portugal
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ISCTE—Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia, 1649-026 Lisboa, Portugal
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Instituto de Psicologia e Ciências da Educação, Universidade Lusíada, 1349-001 Lisboa, Portugal
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Institute for Evidence Based Healthcare, 1649-028 Lisboa, Portugal
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Cochrane Portugal, 1649-028 Lisboa, Portugal
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Sustainability 2020, 12(21), 8963; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12218963
Received: 28 September 2020 / Revised: 20 October 2020 / Accepted: 25 October 2020 / Published: 28 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Health, Well-Being and Sustainability)
Environmental health is at the intersection between health and the environment. However, it still has a recent (and narrow) history as a scientific area, mainly addressing human biomonitoring and toxicological issues. Only recently additional environmental ‘layers’, other than the traditional chemical, biological and physical environmental determinants, have been considered. This broader perspective of environmental health also encompasses digital, psychosocial, political, socioeconomic and cultural determinants, all of them relevant when considering human health from a planetary health paradigm. This reflects the progressive adoption of a systemic perspective regarding the impact of gains for human health and well-being towards a sustainable environment. It also implies a multi-method and participatory approach to understand the intertwined relationship between environmental changes and human health. In this paper, the broader approach to environmental health is discussed in order to ‘set the stage’ for introducing the Institute of Environmental Health (ISAMB) of the Lisbon School of Medicine, Portugal. Each of the research groups and labs that compose ISAMB are presented, as well as their main lines of research. Present and planned contributions of ISAMB to advance knowledge on environmental health and for promoting human health gains in an environmentally sustainable way are also discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: environmental health determinants; environmental sustainability; human health; planetary health; public health environmental health determinants; environmental sustainability; human health; planetary health; public health
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Virgolino, A.; Antunes, F.; Santos, O.; Costa, A.; Matos, M.G.d.; Bárbara, C.; Bicho, M.; Caneiras, C.; Sabino, R.; Núncio, M.S.; Matos, O.; Santos, R.R.; Costa, J.; Alarcão, V.; Gaspar, T.; Ferreira, J.; Carneiro, A.V. Towards a Global Perspective of Environmental Health: Defining the Research Grounds of an Institute of Environmental Health. Sustainability 2020, 12, 8963. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12218963

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Virgolino A, Antunes F, Santos O, Costa A, Matos MGd, Bárbara C, Bicho M, Caneiras C, Sabino R, Núncio MS, Matos O, Santos RR, Costa J, Alarcão V, Gaspar T, Ferreira J, Carneiro AV. Towards a Global Perspective of Environmental Health: Defining the Research Grounds of an Institute of Environmental Health. Sustainability. 2020; 12(21):8963. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12218963

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Virgolino, Ana, Francisco Antunes, Osvaldo Santos, Andreia Costa, Margarida Gaspar de Matos, Cristina Bárbara, Manuel Bicho, Cátia Caneiras, Raquel Sabino, Maria Sofia Núncio, Olga Matos, Ricardo R. Santos, Joana Costa, Violeta Alarcão, Tânia Gaspar, Joana Ferreira, and António Vaz Carneiro. 2020. "Towards a Global Perspective of Environmental Health: Defining the Research Grounds of an Institute of Environmental Health" Sustainability 12, no. 21: 8963. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12218963

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