PHARMARINE has been awarded funding in the GRIEG-1 call of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism

Proposal of research project coordinated by Dr Adam Sokołowski, Department of Marine Ecosystems Functioning  entitled “Transport via ocean currents of human pharmaceutical products and their impact on marine biota in the European Arctic (PHARMARINE)” has received positive merit-based evaluation of the NCR Evaluating Committee and has been awarded funding in the GRIEG-1 call of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2014-2021.

The PHARMARINE project addresses transport vectors and fate of human drugs via ocean currents from the continental Europe to polar regions in the European Arctic and biological  effects of pharmaceuticals on the Arctic fauna. The project is aimed specifically at conceptual understanding of: i) potential transport pathways of pharmaceuticals with water masses from mid-latitude more contaminated areas to the European Arctic; ii) bioaccumulation and biomagnification processes
of drugs in the Arctic and iii) biological impacts of pharmaceutical pollutants on sedentary benthic species. The resulting biological indicators of stress induced by the presence of drugs in the ambient environment will provide a useful tool
to forecast and assess environmental risk assessment in the European Arctic. The project plans field measurements along
a northward transect going from the South (the Baltic Sea and the North Sea) through the Norwegian Coastal Current
and warm North Atlantic Current to the Spitsbergen fjords (Hornsund and Kongsfjorden) in the North, and laboratory exposure experiments. Based on physico-chemical properties, consumption rates and sale volumes, potential
to bioaccumulate and detection records in water and marine organisms, four pharmaceuticals were selected for investigations: Diclofenac (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug), Tetracycline (antibiotic), Fluoxetine (antidepressant) and Simvastatin (lipid lowering medication).
The PHARMARINE project will use the available field and laboratory facilities and expertise of Polish-Norwegian research teams of complementary competence, to study important and environmentally relevant issues. 

The project budget is 6 345 996 PLN, including 2 626 698 PLN for the University of Gdańsk.



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