The Children's Health, Behaviour and Environmental Exposure Study (CHeBEE) aims to further our understanding of Australian children’s exposure to chemicals and investigate any possible health effects.
The project will investigate the cognitive function, health symptoms, behaviour and food habits of Australian children aged between 14-16 along with the levels of pesticides and environmental chemicals in their urine, heavy metals in their hair and the genetic variation in their detoxification enzyme pathways.
We are seeking to find out if there is a relationship between environmental exposure and children’s health, behaviour and cognitive function. We know that:
- Children are at much higher risk than adults from industrial chemicals and heavy metals.
- Many chemicals can have lasting effects on children’s brain development and learning.
- Exposure to different chemicals varies widely with location, behavior, age and diet.
- There is a wide variation in people’s genetic ability to detoxify different chemicals.
What we don’t know is the levels of most industrial chemicals in Australian children, what levels are associated with adverse health effects, or how these levels vary with age, location, different health complaints or genetic profile.
Invitation to participate – find out more
We are currently seeking parents of children aged between 14 and 16 years (in Victoria) for the first phase of the study.
- Principal investigator: Professor Marc Cohen – Phone: 0439 446 688, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Study coordinator: Fiona Elliott – Phone: 0413 944 568, Email: email@example.com
- Oates L, Cohen M, Braun L (Presentation) What’s in my wee? Reducing pesticide residues using an organic diet, Organic Food Quality & Health Conference. 5-7 June 2013, Warsaw, Poland
- Oates L, Cohen M, Braun L (Presentation) Reducing pesticide residues using an organic diet. 3rd International conference on the Science of Nutrition in Medicine. 4-5 May 2013, Sydney, Australia.
- Oates L, (Presentation) The Problem with Pesticides. Victorian Organic Industry Forum. 6-7 March 2012, Melbourne, Australia.
- Oates L, Cohen M.. Assessing Diet as a Modifiable Risk Factor for Pesticide Exposure. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2011;8(6):1792-804.
- Oates L, Cohen M. Evaluating pesticide exposure in organic and conventional consumers. (Poster presentation). Organic Food Quality & Health conference. Prague, Czech Republic 18-20 May 2011.
- Oates L, Cohen M.. Human Consumption of Agricultural Toxicants from Organic and Conventional Food (PDF 809KB 10p). Journal of Organic Systems 2009;4(1):48-57.
- Oates L, (Presentation) Pesticides and Children’s Health. 15th International Holistic Health Conference. Australian Integrative Medicine Association.9-11 October 2009. St Kilda, Victoria.
- Cohen M, Environmental Toxins and Health: The Health Impact of Pesticides. Australian Family Physician, 2007, 36(12) 1002-1004