Instituto Regional de Estudios en Sustancias Tóxicas (IRET-UNA) es un centro de investigación con proyección nacional, regional e internacional, comprometido con el desarrollo sostenible, la protección y conservación de los ecosistemas naturales, la calidad de vida de los trabajadores y de la sociedad afectados por las sustancias tóxicas y otras actividades humanas.
Los conocimientos y datos generados por el Instituto son utilizados por entidades gubernamentales y no gubernamentales como fuente primaria de información en temas de exposición a las sustancias tóxicas y sus efectos en el ambiente y en la salud humana.
Contáctenos:
Página web: www.iret.una.ac.cr
Correo: iret@una.ac.cr
Teléfono: (506) 2277-3584 / (506) 2277-3587

Programas adscritos a IRET-UNA

El Programa Infantes y Salud Ambiental (ISA) es un programa de investigación-extensión realizado en la región Huetar Atlántica, Costa Rica, que utiliza un enfoque eco-sistémico en salud humana (EcoSalud). Estudiamos la exposición ambiental a plaguicidas y manganeso y sus efectos sobre la salud de niño(a)s y sus madres. Además, estudiamos cuáles factores explican las exposiciones a plaguicidas, y posibles alternativas para su uso. Promovemos acciones colaborativas para reducir el contacto con plaguicidas y mitigar sus posibles efectos.
El Programa ISA tiene 3 áreas temáticas: 1) Contexto socio- económico, cultural y percepción de riesgos, 2) Evaluación de exposición y efectos en el crecimiento y desarrollo de infantes y 3) Alternativas agro-ecológicas.
Coordinadora: Ph.D. Berna van Wendel de Joode, correo electrónico: berendina.vanwendel.dejoode@una.cr
Contacto:
Página web: www.isa.una.ac.cr
Teléfono: (506) 2562-3678 / (506) 2562-3671

El Programa Salud, Trabajo y Ambiente (SALTRA) se proyecta como un programa estratégico en la integración de principios de desarrollo sostenible en las políticas de salud ocupacional y ambiental a nivel local, nacional y regional desde la gestión del conocimiento: docencia, investigación extensión y traducción política. Se trabaja en Centroamérica para consolidar y extender una estructura regional de centros universitarios en salud ocupacional y ambiental (SOA) que colaboren entre sí y con grupos gubernamentales y no gubernamentales, para conjuntamente construir capacidades locales, nacionales y regionales que favorecen la incorporación de principios de desarrollo sostenible en las políticas de salud ocupacional y ambiental.
Coordinadora regional: Ph. D. Jennifer Crowe, correo electrónico: jennifer.crowe@una.cr
Contacto:
Página web: www.saltra.una.ac.cr
Teléfono: (506) 2263 6375

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  • Informes Técnicos [9]

    Un documento que describe el proceso, progreso o resultados de una investigación científica o técnica o el estado de un problema de investigación científica o técnica. También puede incluir recomendaciones y conclusiones ...
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Recent Submissions

  • Mortality among a Cohort of Banana Plantation Workers in Costa Rica 

    Guardado, Jorge; Keifer, Matthew; Wesseling, Catharina; Hoffman, Jonathan (Taylor & Francis, 2006)
    The nematocide 1,2-dibromo-3-chloropropane (DBCP), widely used in Costa Rica during the late 1960s and 1970s, causes sterility in men and is a possible carcinogen. Mortality among a cohort of Costa Rican banana plantation ...
  • Microplastics: New substrates for heterotrophic activity contribute to altering organic matter cycles in aquatic ecosystems 

    Therese Kettner, Marie; Grossart, Hans-Peter; Arias Andrés, Maria de Jesús; Miki, Takeshi (Elsevier, 2018-09-01)
    Heterotrophic microbes with the capability to process considerable amounts of organic matter can colonize microplastic particles (MP) in aquatic ecosystems. Weather colonization of microorganisms on MP will alter eco ...
  • Mortality and Cancer Incidence of Workers in Finnish Road Paving Companies 

    Kauppinen, Timo; Heikkila, Pirjo; Partanen, Timo; Virtanen, Simo V.; Pukkala, Eero; Burstyn, Igor; Ferro, Gilles; Boffetta, Paolo (Wiley-Liss, Inc., 2003)
    Background This study, a component of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Multicentric Study on Cancer Risk Among European Asphalt Workers, aimed at identifying major mortality risks among workers in ...
  • Nefropatía mesoamericana: revisión breve basada en el segundo taller del Consorcio para el estudio de la Epidemia de Nefropatía en Centroamérica y México (CENCAM) 

    García-Trabanino, Ramón; Cerdas, Manuel; Madero, Magdalena; Jakobsson, Kristina; Barnoya, Joaquin; Crowe, Jennifer; Jarquín, Emmanuel; Guzmán-Quilo, Carolina; Correa-Rotter, Ricardo (Elsevier, 2016)
    Mesoamerican nephropathy (MeN) is a form of endemic chronic kidney disease (CKD) unrelated to diabetes or hypertension and its causes are still undetermined. Clinically, patients with MeN have no or only mild proteinuria ...
  • Dolor musculoesquelético en trabajadores de América Central: resultados de la I Encuesta Centroamericana de Condiciones de Trabajo y Salud 

    Rojas, Marianela; Gimeno, David; Vargas-Prada, Sergio; Benavides, Fernando G. (Panamerican Health Organization, 2015)
    El artículo tiene como objetivo examinar la prevalencia de dolor musculoesquelético (DME) en los seis países de habla hispana de América Central con un instrumento único, la I Encuesta Centroamericana de Condiciones de ...
  • Assessment of pesticide exposure in the agricultural population of Costa Rica 

    Monge, Patricia; Partanen, Timo; Wesseling, Catharina; Bravo, Viria; Ruepert, Clemens; Burstyn, Igor (British Occupational Hygiene Society, 2005)
    We describe a model for the retrospective assessment of parental exposure to 26 pesticides, selected by toxicity-based prioritization, in a population-based case–control study of childhood leukaemia in Costa Rica (301 ...
  • Heat exposure in sugarcane workers in Costa Rica during the non-harvest season 

    Crowe, Jennifer; Moya-Bonilla, Jose´ Manuel; Román-Solano, Bryan; Robles-Ramírez, Andrés (Global Health Action, 2010)
    This observational pilot study was carried out at three sugarcane companies in Costa Rica. Its main objective was to determine the potential for heat stress conditions for workers in one sugarcane-growing region in Costa ...
  • Heat exposure in sugarcane harvesters in Costa Rica 

    Crowe, Jennifer; Wesseling, Catharina; Román Solano, Bryan; Pinto Umaña, Manfred; Robles Ramírez, Andrés; Kjellstrom, Tord; Morales, David; Nilsson, Maria (Wiley Periodicals, 2013)
    Background Occupational heat stress is a major concern in sugarcane production and has been hypothesized as a causal factor of a chronic kidney disease epidemic in Central America. This study described working conditions ...
  • Biomarkers of manganese exposure in pregnant women and children living in an agricultural community in California 

    Gunier, Robert; Mora, Ana María; Smith, Donald; Arora, Manish; Austin, Christine; Eskenazi, Brenda; Bradman, Asa (American Chemical Society, 2014)
    Manganese (Mn) is an essential nutrient but at high exposure levels is a neurotoxicant. There is no wellvalidated biomarker to assess perinatal Mn exposure. A total of 75 mother-child pairs provided blood, urine, and/or ...
  • Agricoh: A consortium of agricultural cohorts 

    Leon, Maria; Beane Freeman, Laura; Douwes, Jeroen; Hoppin, Jane; Kromhout, Hans; Lebailly, Pierre; Christian Nordby, Karl; Schenker, Marc; Schüz, Joachim; Waring, Stephen; Alavanja, Michael; Annesi Maesano, Isabella; Baldi, Isabelle; Aqiel Dalvie, Mohamed; Ferro, Giles; Fervers, Beatris; Langseth, Hilde; London, Leslie; Lynch, Charles; McLaughlin, John; Merchant, James; Pahwa, Punam; Sigsgaard, Torben; Stayner, Leslie; Wesseling, Catharina; Keun-Young, Yoo; Zahm, Sheila; Straif, Kurt; Blair, Aaron (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute(MDPI), Switzerland., 2011-04-29)
    AGRICOH is a recently formed consortium of agricultural cohort studies involving 22 cohorts from nine countries in five continents: South Africa (1), Canada (3), Costa Rica (2), USA (6), Republic of Korea (1), New Zealand ...
  • Evaluation of a battery of toxicity tests for use in the assessment of water quality in a Costa Rican laboratory 

    Castillo, Luisa Eugenia; Pinnock, Margareth; Martínez, Eduardo (Wiley Periodicals, Estados Unidos, 2000)
    The Laboratory for Ecotoxicological Studies (ECOTOX) of IRET evaluated the following toxicity tests: Daphnia magna (daphnia test), Hydra attenuata (hydra test), Allium sp. (onion test), Panagrellus redivivus (nematode ...
  • Evaluation of two self-administered questionnaires to ascertain dermatitis among metal workers and its relation with exposure to metal working fluids 

    van Wendel de Joode, Berna; Vermeulen, Roel; Heederik, Dick; van Ginkel, Kees; Kromhout, Hans (Blackwell Publishing, Dinamarca., 2007)
    We performed an exploratory study to evaluate 2 self-administered questionnaires assessing hand dermatitis and to investigate a possible exposure-response relation between dermal exposure to semisynthetic metal working ...
  • Descriptive Epidemiology of Somatising Tendency: Findings from the CUPID Study 

    Vargas-Prada, Sergio; Coggon, David; Ntani, Georgia; Walker-Bone, Karen; Palmer, Keith T.; Felli, Vanda E.; Harar, Raul; Barrero, Lope; Felknor, Sarah ; Gimeno, David; Cattrell, Anna; Bonzini, Matteo; Solidaki, Eleni; Merisalu, Eda; Habib, Rima R.; Sadeghian, Farideh; Warnakulasuriya, Sudath; Matsudaira, Ko; Nyantumbu, Busisiwe; Sim, Malcolm R.; Harcombe, Helen; Cox, Ken; Sarquis, leila; Marziale, Maria Helena Palucci; Harar, Florencia; Freire, Rocio; Harari, Natalia; Monroy Silva, Magda Viviana; Quintana , Leonardo; Rojas, Marianela; Harris, Clare; Serra, Consol; Martinez Zapater, Jose Miguel; Delclos, George; Benavides, Fernando G.; Carugno, Michele; Ferrario, Marco M.; pesatori, angela; Chatzi, Leda; Bitsios, Panos; Kogevinas, Manolis; Oha, Kristel; Freimann, Tiina; Sadeghian, Ali; Roshini Peiris, John; Sathiakumar, Nalini; Wickremasinghe, A. Rajitha; Yoshimura, Noriko; Kelsall, Helen L.; Hoe, Victor; Urquhart, Donna M.; Derrett, Sarah; McBride, David; Herbison, Peter; Gray, Andrew; Salazar Vega, Eduardo J. (Public Library of Science, 2016-04-29)
    Somatising tendency, defined as a predisposition to worry about common somatic symp toms, is importantly associated with various aspects of health and health-related behaviour, including musculoskeletal pain and associated ...
  • Fatal occupational injuries in Nicaragua, 2005 

    López Bonilla, Indiana Mercedes; Flores Urbina, Lucía; Partanen, Timo; Wesseling, Catharina (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua, León., 2011)
    We attempt to estimate the rate of fatal occupational injuries (FOI) in Nicaragua for 2005, using 10 incomplete data sources. Based on the 173 identified FOIs, the crude empirical FOI rate estimate was 8.3 per 100,000 ...
  • Acute health effects of organophosphorus pesticides on Tanzanian small-scale coffee growers 

    Ngowi, Aiwerasia; Maeda, David; Partanen, Timo; Sanga, Michael (Nature Publishing Group, 2001-07-01)
    A cute health effects of organophosphorus (PP) pesticides on coffee farmworkers in 1991-1992 in Tanzania are reported to provide a basis for concern over farmworkers being overexposed during application. Workers exposed ...
  • Field testing passive air samplers for current use pesticides in a tropical environment 

    Gouin, Todd; Wania, Frank; Ruepert, Clemens; Castillo, Luisa E. (Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica., 2008)
    Air was sampled for one year in the central valley of Costa Rica using an active high-volume sampler as well as passive samplers (PAS) based on polyurethane foam (PUF) disks and XAD-resin filled mesh cylinders. Extracts ...
  • Evaluación preliminar del área agrícola y su influencia sobre la calidad del agua en el Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica 

    Fournier, María Luisa; Castillo, Luisa E.; Ramírez-Muñoz, Fernando; Moraga López, Geannina; Ruepert, Clemens (Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica., 2019)
    Se realizó una evaluación preliminar de la agricultura en las subcuencas Esquinas, Coto Colorado, Rincón, Conte, Agujas, Tigre y Palma, como criterio base para el diseño de un plan de seguimiento de la calidad del agua que ...
  • Comparative Analysis of Pesticide Use Determinants Among Smallholder Farmers From Costa Rica and Uganda 

    Staudacher, Philipp; Fuhrimann, Samuel; Farnham, Andrea; Atuhaire, Aggrey; Niwagaba, Charles; Stamm, Christian; Eggen, Rik IL; Winkler, Mirko S; Mora, Ana Maria (SAGE Publications Inc., 2020-12-14)
    Pesticides are used globally in agriculture and pose a threat to the health of farmers, communities, and the environment. Smallholder farmers in lowand middle-income countries have generally a low socio-economic status and ...
  • Assessment of dermal exposure to bitumen condensate among road paving and mastic crews with an observational method 

    Agostini, Michela; Wouter, Fransman; De Vocht, Frank; Van Wendel de Joode, Berna; Kromhout, Hans (Oxford University Press, 2011-05-19)
    Objective: To assess dermal exposure to bitumen condensate among road pavers and indoor mastic workers in multiple crews using a semi-quantitative observational method [DeRmal Exposure Assessment Method (DREAM)].Methods: ...
  • Ecotoxicology in tropical regions 

    Gunnarsson, Jonas S.; Castillo, Luisa E. (Springer, 2018)
    The present special volume BEcotoxicology in Tropical Regions contains 19 research articles that were selected from presentations at two conference sessions at the SETAC Europe 24th and 25th meetings in Basel 2014 and in ...

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