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Using big data for small area epidemiological studies: developing a new UK-Brazil partnership

Grant number: 17/50189-3
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: October 01, 2017 - September 30, 2019
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Collective Health
Cooperation agreement: Imperial College, UK
Mobility Program: SPRINT - Projetos de pesquisa - Mobilidade
Principal Investigator:Maria Regina Alves Cardoso
Grantee:Maria Regina Alves Cardoso
Principal investigator abroad: Ana Hansel
Institution abroad: Imperial College London, England
Home Institution: Faculdade de Saúde Pública (FSP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:12/04721-1 - Work accident: from sociotechnical analysis towards social construction of changes, AP.TEM


There are growing concerns, both in Brazil and in the UK, about the impact of environmental factors, including air pollution, on our health, particularly in urban environments. Increasing amount of data are available and require the use of appropriate methods to adequately influence public health policies. Through this project, the applicants aim to develop a long-term collaboration building on ongoing projects and on SAHSU's unique expertise in developing new epidemiological methods for disease mapping, risk analysis, environmental exposure and space-time modelling. We will use data already collected and collaboratively establish the best protocols to study potential associations between air quality and health, while accounting for classic confounders such as smoking and socio-economic status. Through collaborative travels and international workshops, this project will contribute to training partners in Big Data analysis and generate new evidence base to inform local public health policies. (AU)