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B. Adlard, S. G. Donaldson, J.O. Odland, P. Weihe, J. Berner, A. Carlsen, E. C. Bonefeld-Jorgensen, A. A. Dudarev, J.C. Gibson, E.M. Krümmel, K. Olafsdottir, K. Abass, A. Rautio, I.A. Bergdahl & G. Mulvad (2018) Future directions for monitoring and human health research for the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme, Global Health Action, 11:1, DOI: 10.1080/16549716.2018.1480084

Future directions for monitoring and human health research for the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme

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Author: Adlard, B.1; Donaldson, S. G.1; Odland, J. O.2;
Organizations: 1Health Canada, Ottawa, Canada
2Department of Community Medicine (UiT), The Arctic University of Norway, Tromso, Norway
3Department of Occupational Medicine and Public Health, The Faroese Hospital System, Torshavn, Faroe Islands
4Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Anchorage, AK, USA
5Department of Public Health, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
6Center for Arctic Health, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
7Greenland Center for Health Research, Institute of Nursing and Health Science, University of Greenland, Nuuk, Greenland
8Northwest Public Health Research Center, St. Petersburg, Russia;
9Inuit Circumpolar Council, Ottawa, Canada
10Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
11Faculty of Medicine, Arctic Health, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
12Thule Institute and Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
13Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Umeå University, Sweden
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2018
Publish Date: 2021-03-08


For the last two and a half decades, a network of human health experts under the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP) has produced several human health assessment reports. These reports have provided a base of scientific knowledge regarding environmental contaminants and their impact on human health in the Arctic. These reports provide scientific information and policy-relevant recommendations to Arctic governments. They also support international agreements such as the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Key topics discussed in this paper regarding future human health research in the circumpolar Arctic are continued contaminant biomonitoring, health effects research and risk communication. The objective of this paper is to describe knowledge gaps and future priorities for these fields.

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Series: Global health action
ISSN: 1654-9716
ISSN-E: 1654-9880
ISSN-L: 1654-9716
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
Article number: 1480084
DOI: 10.1080/16549716.2018.1480084
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
1172 Environmental sciences
Copyright information: © 2018 The Author(s). This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.