Paul Scheepers coordinator systematic review for WHO/ILO

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The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study is ‘the most comprehensive worldwide observational epidemiological study to date’ ( The supporting scientific evidence for occupational risk factors in the GDB needs further improvement. Therefore, WHO, ILO and ICOH jointly published a call to prepare systematic reviews for ten priority occupational risk factors - disease pairs.
The Diagnosis, Monitoring and Prevention of Exposure-Related Noncommunicable Diseases (DiMoPEx) consortium ( was selected by the WHO (out of 36 proposals) to prepare the systematic review on dust/fibre exposure and the mortality and disease burden from pneumoconiosis. This includes well known occupational disease such as silicosis, asbestosis and coal miners pneumoconiosis (CMP). The systematic reviews will be published in a special issue of a leading scientific journal. The contributions of 14 experts from 12 European research centers will be coordinated from Nijmegen by Paul Scheepers (lead) together with Vivi Schlünssen from the University of Aarhus, Denmark (co-lead) and Daniele Mandrioli from the Ramazzini Institute in Bologna, Italy (co-lead). This project will be supported from the COST project with training schools and work conferences and two 3-month short-term scientific missions.

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