AGRICOH History

AGRICOH Subgroup Cancer Meeting

November 2017

On 27th and 28th November AGRICOH members of the Subgroup on Cancer who are actively involved in the combined analyses of three AGRICOH cohorts from France (AGRICAN), Norway (CNAP), and the USA (AHS), met in Utrecht, The Netherlands, hosted by the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS) of the University of Utrecht.

The meeting was to finalize analyses of pooling projects on the risk of haematological malignancies in relation to exposure to pesticides and in relation to animal farming. Progress was discussed on further ongoing pooling projects on the use of pesticides in relation to the risk of breast cancer and in relation to the risk of prostate cancer.

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Published article on exposure assessment

January 2017

Concerns have been published regarding the article titled "Re: Assessment of occupational exposure to pesticides in a pooled analysis of agricultural cohorts within the AGRICOH consortium." PMID: 27566783 A letter to the Editor from the AGRICOH consortium addressing those concerns has also been published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Brouwer M, Schinasi L, Beane Freeman LE, Baldi I, Lebailly P, Ferro G, Nordby KC, Schüz J, Leon ME, Kromhout H. Assessment of occupational exposure to pesticides in a pooled analysis of agricultural cohorts within the AGRICOH consortium: authors' response. Occup Environ Med. 2017 Jan;74(1):81. doi:10.1136/oemed-2016-104110. PMID: 27852645

Published article on exposure assessment

June 2016

In the first pooling project within the AGRICOH consortium, Crop-exposure matrices were developed for an assessment of occupational exposure to pesticide active ingredients and chemical groups. An article describing the methodology has been published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Brouwer M, Schinasi L, Beane Freeman LE, Baldi I, Lebailly P, Ferro G, Nordby KC, Schüz J, Leon ME, Kromhout H. Assessment of occupational exposure to pesticides in a pooled analysis of agricultural cohorts within the AGRICOH consortium. Occup Environ Med. 2016 Jun;73(6):359-67. doi:10.1136/oemed-2015-103319. PMID: 27009271

2nd AGRICOH Steering Group inaugurated

January 2016

Drs Joachim Schüz (Chair), Isabelle Baldi (Subgroup lead “Neurological”), Laura Beane Freeman (Subgroup lead “Cancer”), Jeroen Douwes, Jane Hoppin (Subgroup lead “Reproductive”), Kristina Kjærheim, Hans Kromhout (Subgroup lead “Exposure”), Pierre Lebailly, Paul Romitti (Subgroup lead “Reproductive”).

New AGRICOH Steering Group elected for the term 2016-2020

December 2015

In December 2015 the new Steering Group was elected for the term from January 2016 to December 2020. The Steering Group discusses general matters of the consortium at bi-monthly conference calls. The composition of the Steering Group is Drs Joachim Schüz (Chair), Isabelle Baldi (Subgroup lead “Neurological”), Laura Beane Freeman (Subgroup lead “Cancer”), Jeroen Douwes, Jane Hoppin (Subgroup lead “Reproductive”), Kristina Kjærheim, Hans Kromhout (Subgroup lead “Exposure”), Pierre Lebailly, Paul Romitti (Subgroup lead “Reproductive”).

AGRICOH decided changing governance structure; elected subgroup leaders would be ex-officio steering group members, additional election of four steering group members, and replacing coordination by having chair of the steering group elected from among steering group members.

December 2015

AGRICOH thanked Dr Maria Leon-Roux for her excellent service and all outgoing steering group members and subgroup leads for their dedication to the work of the consortium.

The 2015 AGRICOH Annual Meeting

November 2015

On 19th and 20th November Pierre Lebailly and colleagus at the Centre François Baclesse, in Caen, Normandy, France, hosted the 2015 annual AGRICOH consortium meeting. We warmly thank Pierre, Severine, Isabelle and Celine for the great hospitality.

The meeting was very informative with respect to ongoing projects or new project ideas. Forty-five researchers interested in agricultural exposures and various health outcomes, including cancer, met for two days, including several potential new collaborators. 18 AGRICOH consortium members were represented at the meeting. The meeting was also a good opportunity to meet researchers interested in joining AGRICOH.

We are most grateful to the Mayor of Caen for the wonderful dinner organized for the AGRICOH members on Thursday 19th November. Merci bien!.

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AGRICOH Consortium meeting, held independently

November 19-20 2015
Centre Francois Baclesse, Caen, France

AGRICOH meeting held in connection with the EPICOH conference

June 24, 2014
Chicago, USA

AGRICOH meeting held in connection with the EPICOH conference

June 18, 2012
Utrecht, The Netherlands

Start of first externally funded AGRICOH project “Exposure to pesticides and risk of lymphoma, myeloma and leukemia in the AGRICOH consortium- a pooled analysis”

2012

pooling three cohorts from France, Norway and the USA, coordinated by the IARC (PI Dr Maria Leon-Roux), funded by the “Office national de l'eau et des milieux aquatiques (ONEMA)”, France.

AGRICOH meeting held in connection with the ISEE conference at the Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL)

September 12-13, 2011
Barcelona, Spain

Establishment of subgroups dealing with specific topics within AGRICOH

2010-2012

enhancing communication among AGRICOH members with interests in those topics; appointment of subgroup leads, Drs Laura Beane Freeman (“Cancer”), Jane Hopppin (“Respiratory”), Hans Kromhout (“Exposure”), Isabelle Baldi (“Neurological”), Marc Schenker (“Reproductive”; in 2014 subgroup lead taken over by Leslie Stayner)

Election of the 1st AGRICOH Steering Group (SG) for a term of five years (2011-2015)

December 2010

with members Drs Laura Beane Freeman, Jeroen Douwes, Jane Hoppin, Hans Kromhout, Pierre Lebailly, Karl-Christina Nordby, Marc Schenker, Joachim Schüz, and Stephen Waring; and election of the AGRICOH coordinator Dr Maria Leon-Roux (IARC)

Workshop supported by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the Division of Genetics and Epidemiology, US National Cancer Institute (NCI)

October 19-20, 2010
IARC, Lyon, France

outcome of the workshop was to launch the AGRICOH consortium, to be coordinated at the IARC