MERLON is an EU-funded research project aiming to improve our knowledge on how exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) during critical life stages can impact health, and to develop tools to better identify and ultimately regulate these substances.
MERLON project

Endocrine disrupting chemicals and health

Microscope objective

Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), also referred to as hormone disruptors, are synthetic substances that can interfere with the normal functioning of our body’s hormone system and consequently impact people’s health or the environment. EDCs can cause health problems such as cancers, infertility and reproductive health problems, diabetes and obesity, and thyroid disorders.

Improving methods to better identify and regulate EDCs

The MERLON project brings together world-leading experts from 11 partner institutions across Europe to develop and improve tools to better identify and ultimately regulate harmful endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). We will do so by applying new approach methodologies (NAMs), a new paradigm of chemical testing that aims to reduce our reliance on animals for toxicity testing.


Eleven partners from seven countries

All eleven partner logos, full list is at the bottom of the page


MERLON is funded by the European Union.
This project received funding from the Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement number 101137411.

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