€3M funding for research on the impact of pollution

Effects of pollution on the human body
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A share of around €3M has been awarded to the University of Surrey, by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC), in order to further investigations into the impact that indoor and outdoor pollution has on people’s physical health.

The Imperial College London and other partners will be working in a partnership with the University of Surrey’s Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE). All parties will be developing a multi-scale approach that will focus of the immediate impact that pollution has on the human body.

The INHALE project consists of a team of scientists who are dedicated to examining the biological and physical aspects of pollutants that determine their potential for cell and tissue damage.

Professor Prashant Kumar, Director of GCARE from the University of Surrey, said: “We are incredibly excited and proud to take part in this multidisciplinary project that aims to understand just how air pollution affects our health on a micro and a macro level. As the world wakes up to the perils of climate change and the damage it does to our planet and human lives – we hope that this project will move us closer to building a world where clean air is available to all.”

Professor Fan Chung, co-lead on the INHALE project from Imperial College London, said: “INHALE will link Imperial College London with partners to execute a very exciting novel systems approach that will define the detrimental effects of environmental pollution on the respiratory system at the level of the individual person.”

Professor Christopher Pain, co-lead on the INHALE project from Imperial College London, said: “We will quantify the effects of pollution exposure at an individual level and integrate every aspect of physics-based modelling of passive pollution mitigation options such as green infrastructure at the neighbourhood to personal scale and from the lung level to cells in the individual. We look forward to further extending the close collaboration we have with Universities of Surrey as well as the Edinburgh.”

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