Argelia Castaño – Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII), Spain
HBM platform conclusions: achievements and sustainability – 27 April – 5:05 pm CEST
Future paths for the continuation of HBM in Europe – 28 April – 9:10 am CET
ARGELIA CASTAÑO is a Research Professor and Director of the National Center for Environmental Health, in Instituto Salud Carlos III, Spain. She developed the Spanish National Program of Human Biomonitoring financed by the Spanish Ministry of Environment and recently, is responsible for the working group for development of the HBM Spanish Interministerial Commission, under the Ministry of Health. Leader of Pillar 2 in the HBM4EU initiative: HBM structure and responsible for the Spanish National Hub. As scientific expert, she contributed to the EU Environment and Health Action Plan 2004-2010, in which one of the priorities was the development of a European HBM program. Within the EU COPHES project she pioneered the harmonization of biomarker measurements for HBM at European level. Prof Castaño has a PhD in ecotoxicology and 40 years of experience in environmental toxicology.
The HBM4EU project was launched in 2016 with the aim of improving the collective understanding of human exposure to hazardous chemicals and developing HBM as an exposure assessment method. The project had €74m in funding and jointly implemented by 120 partners from 28 participating countries – 24 EU member states plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Israel and the European Environment Agency. One of its aims was to ensure the sustainability of HBM in the EU beyond 2021. The project ended in June 2022. The website will not be updated any longer, except the page on peer reviewed publications, but will be online until 2032.