Health effects of increased UV exposure

Updated 2001-04-06

Besides some beneficial effects of UV exposure, i.e. skin tanning and vitamin D production, UV ex-posure can have deleterious effects on human health. Deleterious effects are a.o. skin cancer, skin aging, wrinkling, cataract, snow blindness, and effects on the immune system. The objectives of this project are especially aimed at the detection of UV effects on the human immune system and as a consequence of the UV induced immunomodulation effects on the resistance to infections and tumors. Research activities Research activities are focussed at laboratory animal studies, studies with human volunteers, epidemiology and mathematical modelling.

This is not a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project

Time frame

Project time span
- 2001
Data collection
not specified
Data processing
not specified
Data reporting
not specified

Contact information

Contact person
J. Garssen
National Institute of Public Health and the Environment P.O. Box 1 3720 BA, Bilthoven Netherlands
+31 30 2742929
+31 30 2744437
Other project contacts
Visiting address: A. van Leeuwenhoekweg 9 Bilthoven

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Biological effects
UV effects
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Human media
Additional information or further specification of types of data / information collected, species / tissues / organs sampled, etc.

UV effects on human immune system, consequence of the UV induced immunomodulation effects Sampling frequency: annually


Regions studied
None specified

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Procedures and methodology used for, e.g., sampling and sample storage, sample pretreatment, extraction and analysis, including which laboratories are involved, references to methods employed, etc.

laboratory animal studies, studies with human volunteers, epidemiology, mathematical modelling

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

- Utrecht University, Academic Hospital, Dermatology, Utrecht - Leiden University, Academic Hospital, Dermatology, Leiden - Edinburgh University, Microbiology, Edinburgh, UK - Dundee University, Dermatology, Dundee, UK - Turku University, Dermatology, Turku, Finland - Catholic University Rome, Dermatology, Rome, Italy

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

EC, DG 12 research projects

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