EU Interreg Channel’s ‘Project RedPol’ is part of a €1.96m operation which involves researchers from six partners made up of four universities (Brighton, Portsmouth, Caen and Le Harve), French company TOXEM and existing University of Brighton collaborators Chichester Harbour Conservancy.
Brighton will receive around €300,000 for its part in the project, which will be led by Dr Corina Ciocan, Senior Lecturer in the university’s School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences and the Centre for Aquatic Environments.
The project focuses on endocrine disruptors - chemicals which can interfere with hormonal systems and cause developmental disorders, birth defects and cancerous tumours. The chemicals can also have a drastic impact on the wider environment and wildlife population, potentially causing an unbalance in environmental health.
The overall aim of the project is to deliver six innovative projects which will help address the key issues, with tests developed to eliminate the chemicals at source.