SNF postdoc mobility grants for Eva Pedersen and Cristina Ardura-Garcia

Eva Pedersen and Cristina Ardura-Garcia

21.06.2023 – Two postdoc researchers from the paediatric respiratory epidemiology research group in the ISPM received an SNF postdoc mobility grant. Eva Pedersen will pursue a project to explore and adjust for unmeasured confounding, based on the example of the relationship between radiofrequency electromagnetic fields and neuropsychological outcomes among children. Cristina Ardura-Garcia will work in a project on antimicrobial resistance in children in Cambodia with special focus on colonisation in the nasopharynx and gastrointestinal tract.

Eva Pedersen was granted a postdoc mobility for her project which explores different approaches for unravelling confounding structures between radio frequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) exposure and neuropsychological effects among children and develops methods to control for unknown or unmeasured confounding as basis for causal inference. The project is nested within the EU-funded GOALIA (5G exposure, causal effects, and risk perception through citizen engagement). Eva Pedersen will collaborate with Prof. Milena Maule at the Cancer Epidemiology Unit, University of Torino, in Italy.

Cristina Ardura-Garcia was granted a postdoc mobility for her project which explores microbiota in the nasopharynx and gastrointestinal tract and colonisation rate of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), study risk factors, and investigates changes over time. She will use data from the COMRU-META cohort, a clinical cohort study of children under 5 years old, seen at the Angkor Hospital for Children in Cambodia. Improved understanding of the impact of antibiotics on the NP and GI microbiota will eventually lead to interventions to mitigate acquisition and transmission of AMR pathogens. Cristina Ardura-Garcia will collaborate with Prof. Paul Turner at the Cambodia Oxford Medical Research Unit, Siem Reap, Cambodia.