Tove Hoffman has been awarded funds from the AXA Research Fund


The AXA Research Fund has selected eight research projects to advance scientific  knowledge and inform  decision-making around the health impact of climate change.

Climate change, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is the single greatest health threat facing humanity. Climate hazards directly cause over 150,000 deaths annually, and the figure is expected to double by 2030.1 According to the IPCC, if global greenhouse gas emissions continue at their current rate, global warming will exceed 2°C above pre-industrial levels by 2050, with serious consequences for human health including severe dehydration, respiratory diseases, acute cerebrovascular accidents, and thrombogenesis. Furthermore, climate change is one of the most frequently implicated "drivers" of infectious disease threats. More scientific knowledge is urgently required to accelerate awareness and develop effective adaptation and mitigation strategies to preserve planetary and human health.  

The Scientific Board of the AXA Research Fund has selected eight research projects aimed at measuring, detecting, quantifying, and comprehending the effect of climate change on human health, as well as investigating methods to alleviate these new health risks. The post-doctoral Fellows from leading universities in Italy, the UK, Sweden, Australia, Hungary and Greece, will address the issues of safe water supply, air pollution, chronic and infectious diseases, climate-related mental health, care house adaptation, and resilient cities. 

The new Fellows will join a community of nearly 700AXA-supportedoresearchers working to improve the understanding and management of major societal risks.  

About the AXA Research Fund 
Since its launch in 2008, AXA’s scientific philanthropy initiative has committed €250M to 
support transformative academic research on major global risks. The Fund also helps scientists disseminate their findings to inform decision-making and contribute to societal progress. To learn more, visit the AXA Research Fund website

The impact of climate change on vector-borne infections in temperate regions – 
Tove Hoffman, IMBIM, Uppsala University will investigate the impact of climate change on tick abundance and pathogen infection rates, as well as the establishment of mosquito-borne tropical viruses in temperate regions, in order to improve forecasts of the risk of vector-borne disease establishment under various climate scenarios. 

Read the press release


Last modified: 2023-02-15