About the Authors

Nicky Pieters

Affiliation Centre for Environmental Sciences, Hasselt University, Diepenbeek, Belgium

Gudrun Koppen

Affiliation Environmental Risk & Health Unit, VITO (Flemish Institute of Technological Research), Mol, Belgium

Karen Smeets

Affiliation Centre for Environmental Sciences, Hasselt University, Diepenbeek, Belgium

Dorota Napierska

Affiliation Department of Public Health & Primary Care, Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Leuven University (KU Leuven), Leuven, Belgium

Michelle Plusquin

Affiliation Centre for Environmental Sciences, Hasselt University, Diepenbeek, Belgium

Sofie De Prins

Affiliations Environmental Risk & Health Unit, VITO (Flemish Institute of Technological Research), Mol, Belgium, Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

Hendrik Van De Weghe

Affiliation Environmental Risk & Health Unit, VITO (Flemish Institute of Technological Research), Mol, Belgium

Vera Nelen

Affiliation Environment and Health Unit, Provincial Institute of Hygiene, Antwerp, Belgium

Bianca Cox

Affiliation Centre for Environmental Sciences, Hasselt University, Diepenbeek, Belgium

Ann Cuypers

Affiliation Centre for Environmental Sciences, Hasselt University, Diepenbeek, Belgium

Peter Hoet

Affiliation Department of Public Health & Primary Care, Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Leuven University (KU Leuven), Leuven, Belgium

Greet Schoeters

Affiliations Environmental Risk & Health Unit, VITO (Flemish Institute of Technological Research), Mol, Belgium, Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

Tim S. Nawrot

tim.nawrot@uhasselt.be

Affiliations Centre for Environmental Sciences, Hasselt University, Diepenbeek, Belgium, Department of Public Health & Primary Care, Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Leuven University (KU Leuven), Leuven, Belgium

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exists.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: NP TN GK GS KS HVDW MP PH DN. Performed the experiments: NP GK HVDW VN SDP DN. Analyzed the data: NP BC TN GK. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: HVDW VN AC. Wrote the paper: NP TN. Revised the first draft of the manuscript: NP GK KS DN MP SDP HVDW VN BC AC PH GS TN.