Water Environment Micropollutant Science Initiative: A GCU-UFABC Collaborative to explore emergent pollutants in Brazilian watercourses

Nome do Pesquisador: Fabio Furlan Ferreira

Agência de fomento: CAPES

Vigência: 03/2016 à 12/2017

Pesquisadores Docentes da UFABC:
Lúcia Helena Gomes Coelho
Tatiane Araujo de Jesus
Fanny Nascimento Costa (PDC)
Juliana Ikebe Otomo (PDC)
Raquel Vieira Busto (PDC)

Pesquisadores Alunos da UFABC:
Milena Emy Matsubara (Mestrado)

Pesquisadores Externos:
Paul Teedon (Glasgow Caledonian University)
Ole Pahl (Glasgow Caledonian University)
Karin Helwig (Glasgow Caledonian University)
Joanne Roberts (Glasgow Caledonian University)
Colin Hunter (Glasgow Caledonian University)
Harry Alberto Bollmann (Pontifícia Universidade Católica - PR)

Resumo: This cross-disciplinary project draws together environmental science; (waste) water engineering, eco-toxicological analysis; and stakeholder engagement in a new collaboration to consider the increasingly recognised problems of water-quality standards. The aim of this will be to investigate potential negative impacts and identify technical and policy solutions. There is considerable concern in Brazil about the (long-term) impact of watercourse pollution on ecosystems and human health. Transformations that the society has seen in the last 20 years impacted the production and distribution of health problems. Brazil has seen a much more complex epidemiological profile than expected, where (infectious and parasitic) diseases originating in poverty and those associated with the process of modernisation (such as cancer, hormonal and cardiovascular diseases), appear simultaneously. In favela areas considerable problems are perceived: watercourses can be contaminated with surface runoff and direct discharges of wastewater, additionally sewers are often uncovered. This can potentially create sources of airborne disease and risk of surface water contamination / leachate into groundwater. There are often high incidences of water-borne diseases: typhoid; infectious hepatitis; cholera; schistosomiasis; leptospirosis and diarrhoea particularly prevalent in areas with poor sanitation. Drawing upon the considerable expertise that GCU has gained from PILLS and noPILLS cross-European Programmes we will build upon this in a context where concern is growing regarding a range of 'emerging pollutants' in surface water such as pharmaceuticals and plastics additives alongside more 'traditional' water quality parameters such as pesticides and heavy metals and their environment and health impacts. The Project will contribute to advances in the identification, quantification and removal of potentially toxic substances for example interfering on the endocrine system of animals and humans.

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