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  • 2021-02-24

    The substitute chemical bisphenol F can be linked to children's cognitive development

    Researchers at Karlstad University, Uppsala University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York have found that exposure to bisphenol F (BPF) during early pregnancy can be linked to poorer cognitive function in children at 7 years of age. BPF has replaced bisphenol A (BPA) in a wide range of products as the EU has banned BPA in products for children. This study is the first to show that prenatal exposure for the substitute chemical BPF is associated with impaired cognitive development in children.

    It has long been known that BPA is a hormone-disrupting chemical, affecting e.g., children's neurological development, contribute to infertility, and increase the risk of hormone-related cancer. Therefore, since 2011 there has been a ban within the EU against using BPA in e.g., baby bottles and children's toys. In addition, the switch to BPA-free materials has begun in various parts of the food industry (baby food jars, drink bottles and other household utensils) and a switch to BPA-free cash receipts. Taken together, these changes mean that exposure to BPA has decreased.

  • 2021-02-23

    Research on cross-laminated timber

    Karlstad University is working actively to develop its wood research and the research group, together with its partners, has in the last year received considerable funding from various funders to develop timber construction.

    Karlstad University and researcher Johan Vessby has received a grant from the Swedish bioeconomy cluster Paper Province. The funding will be used to investigate areas of use for residual products of cross-laminated timber to develop industrial timber construction.
    Paper Province is a business cluster and innovation platform, supporting new sustainable solutions sprung from the forest. Recently the cluster granted SEK 360 000 to Johan Vessby, senior lecturer and researcher in the field of Construction Technology at Karlstad University.

  • 2021-02-08

    Group dynamics in large crowds

    Preventive work in environments with large crowds can contribute to increased safety. In her dissertation, Thoa Thieu examines active-passive dynamics in pedestrians.

    You have defended your dissertation with "Models for linked active-passive population dynamics: Mathematical analysis and simulation". Tell us about your research.

  • 2021-02-01

    B2B Forum on SmartIndustry 2021

    January 20 - 21, the digital conference B2B Forum on SmartIndustri was held at Karlstad University. The purpose was to highlight the strengths of Industry 4.0 and the ways in which its technical aspects are relevant.

    The program for the technical conference focused on the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), Edge / Cloud computing, 5G Networks and the role that machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have for the steel, pulp, paper and process industries.

  • 2021-01-28

    The future of a digital Värmland is taking shape

    Some are talking about it, some are making good progress, and some are at the forefront. Different forms of digitalisation are at the top of the agenda, especially now in connection with the pandemic. Working deliberately with digitalisation is a key factor today for the competitiveness of industries and businesses as well as effective public services and enhancing the good quality of life for many.

    As part of the EU project Digiterri, Värmland collaborates with two other European regions to support digital development. The first of three workshops has now taken place, and a vision for a digitalisation strategy for Värmland is beginning to take shape.

    "The project Digiterri can hopefully contribute to speeding up the digitalisation process in Värmland a bit, not least through collaboration with two other regions in Europe, says Håkan Spjuth at the External relations office, Karlstad University."

  • 2021-01-20

    Research for a better school environment with the help of IoT

    Over the next two years, researchers at CTF, Service Research Center at Karlstad University, will investigate how the Internet of Things, IoT, can be used in creating a better school environment and improving student health. The project will be carried out together with a number of actors and is based on a secondary school in Arvika municipality, Sweden.

    The focus of the project is to find out how IoT can measure children’s and young people’s health at school. Today, these measurements are done by interviews and surveys.

    "We will try to match the technical possibilities of IoT together with the student health service’s needs, and at the same time monitor integrity issues. Our goal is to map out what data the future system can deliver, and how this could help student health services to create value and well-being for the students," says project manager Erik Wästlund, Associate Professor of Psychology.

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