20 June 2023
How many microplastics do you ingest every day? You do not only breathe them, but they also enter your body in large quantities through food, drinks and cosmetics, among other things. It is still unknown how harmful microplastics are. The fact that they are present in your body and even end up in the placenta and amniotic fluid of pregnant women is cause for concern, according to researchers.
The placenta is a sensitive and important organ for mother and child. A pregnant woman and a fetus are often more vulnerable to pollution exposure. This raises the question of whether microplastics can affect the growth and development of the child. Utrecht researchers will investigate this further and you can also participate in this study.
Together with 100 women from the Utrecht region, aged 18-45, researchers from UMC Utrecht and Utrecht University will map how many microplastics are present in their bodies and what the impact of external factors is.
What to expect?
The researchers will visit you a number of times during the four-month study. This visit takes about 30-60 minutes.
What does the research yield?
After about a year, the researchers will share the results of the study.
How can I apply?
You can sign up via the registration form of AURORA, as the European research project is called. After you have registered for the study, the researchers will contact you and you will receive more information about the study. They will clarify how they collect, use and store your data. But also how they protect your privacy. Then you can make a final choice.
For your participation you will receive a bol.com card worth 25 euros.
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