Research Group: Environmental and Spatial Epidemiology

Our research group is mainly concerned with the aetiology of childhood cancers. The focus is on possible environmental risk factors, including ionising background radiation, air pollution, electromagnetic fields, and parental occupational exposure. We’re also interested in the geographic distribution of childhood cancers (disease mapping and spatial or spatio-temporal clustering) and the role of infections in the aetiology of childhood leukaemia. Our research is mainly based on nationwide routine data sets, including the Swiss Childhood Cancer Registry http://www.childhoodcancerregistry.ch/ and the Swiss National Cohort http://www.swissnationalcohort.ch/. We participate in multinational case-control studies on the risk of brain tumours in children and adolescents (CEFALO), the risk of childhood leukaemia and distance to high voltage power lines, and the risk of childhood leukaemia and magnetic fields from transformers inside buildings (TransExpo).

Group leader

Group members

Ongoing projects

  • Spatial and spatio-temporal clustering of childhood cancer: The role of infections and environmental hazards
    Christian Kreis, Judith Lupatsch,  Matthias Egger, Claudia Kuehni, Ben Spycher
  • The role of population mixing and exposure to infections in the aetiology of childhood leukaemia: a national cohort study
    Judith Lupatsch, Christian Kreis, Marcel Zwahlen, Matthias Egger, Claudia Kuehni, Ben Spycher             
  • Childhood cancer and modelled air concentration of benzene and NO2
    Ben Spycher, Marcel Zwahlen,  Matthias Egger, Claudia Kuehni
  • Childhood cancer and parental occupational exposure to benzene: a census-based nationwide cohort study
    Ben Spycher, Judith Lupatsch, Marcel Zwahlen,  Matthias Egger, Claudia Kuehni

 

(Please note that only members of staff of ISPM Bern are listed.)

Completed projects

  • Childhood cancer and background ionizing radiation
    Ben Spycher, Judith Lupatsch, Marcel Zwahlen,  Matthias Egger, Claudia Kuehni
  • Childhood cancer and vicinity of residence to petrol stations and major roads: a census-based nationwide cohort study (PETROL)
    Ben Spycher, Martin Feller, Marcel Zwahlen,  Matthias Egger, Claudia Kuehni
  • Childhood Cancer and Nuclear Power Plants in Switzerland (CANUPIS)
    Ben Spycher, Martin Feller, Marcel Zwahlen,  Matthias Egger, Claudia Kuehni

 

(Please note that only members of staff of ISPM Bern are listed.)