Project: Measurements for mitigating adverse health effects from atmospheric particulate pollutants

Acronym AeroTox (Reference Number: 18HLT02)
Duration 01/06/2019 - 31/05/2022
Project Topic Particulates have been linked to hundreds of thousands of premature deaths a year across the EU, contributing to respiratory problems and, perhaps, cardiovascular diseases, cancers and dementia. Currently, particulate matter (PM) is regulated by size concentrations labelled PM10 and PM2.5 (particles with diameter below 10 and 2.5 micrometres), but these metrics don’t consider chemical properties or, indeed, ultrafine particles. Other metrics may also be significant. New toxicology data is needed to establish causal links between particulate type and cell-level responses associated with damaging effects, which requires reference particulate aerosols, tailored to research needs. The project will develop synthetic, tuneable, reference aerosols and novel test methods to evaluate cell-level effects, including applying machine learning for image-analysis; cell exposure methods that mimic particulate inhalation; and novel, more realistic lung models. The outcome will be PM metrics more closely aligned to health effects. The aim is to push the frontiers of cell optical analysis, improve air quality guidelines and encourage new measurement infrastructure.
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Network EMPIR
Call EMPIR Call 2018

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Eidgenössisches Institut für Metrologie METAS Coordinator Switzerland
2 Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung Partner Germany
3 Ilmatieteen laitos Partner Finland
4 NPL Management Limited Partner United Kingdom
5 Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz Partner Switzerland
6 King's College London Partner United Kingdom
7 Lunds Universitet Partner Sweden
8 Universitaet Bern Partner Switzerland