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Health Effects of Indoor Pollutants: Integrating microbial, toxicological and epidemiological approaches

Objective

Healthy housing and good indoor air quality are important goals of public health. However, biological indoor pollution due to dampness, moisture and mold is an emerging environmental health issue, as recognized in EU indoor air policy documents. Prevalence of dampness is remarkable, and may still increase due to demands of energy savings and extreme weather periods and floods associated with climate change. The exposure may lead to long-term impacts such as asthma. The documentation is strong on association between building mold and health, but the causative agents and disease mechanisms are largely unknown, which impedes recognition of a mold-affected patient in health care. Efficient control and regulation are hampered by the insufficient understanding of these causalities. Understanding of the links between building practices and health is lacking. There is an urgent need for European-wide knowledge to form a basis for establishing building-associated criteria for healthy indoor environments. The aim of this proposal is to clarify the health impacts of indoor exposures on children and adults by providing comprehensive exposure data on biological and chemical factors in European indoor environments, and by combining this information with extensive health data obtained from a field study and from existing population cohorts. Modern microbiological, toxicological and immunological techniques will be used that allow the revealing of the links between the harmful exposures and long term impacts on health, and the mechanisms behind. Data on determinants and distributions of indoor microbial agents will be provided for development of avoidance measures and other dissemination for stakeholders. The study networks experts on environmental epidemiology, microbiology, immunology, toxicology and building sciences. They cover the multidisciplinary field needed for adequate risk assessment. This approach has been successfully applied in the previous research.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/public and environmental health
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/pneumology/asthma
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution
  • /medical and health sciences/basic medicine/immunology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/epidemiology
  • /medical and health sciences/basic medicine/toxicology

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

TERVEYDEN JA HYVINVOINNIN LAITOS
Address
Mannerheimintie 166
00271 Helsinki
Finland
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 941 269,60
Administrative Contact
Martin Täubel (Dr.)

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 670 875
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Monique Van Der Hoek (Ms.)
FUNDACIO CENTRE DE RECERCA EN EPIDEMIOLOGIA AMBIENTAL - CREAL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 455 992
Address
Calle Doctor Aiguader 88
08003 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gemma Perello (Ms.)
HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM MUENCHEN DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUER GESUNDHEIT UND UMWELT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 199 147
Address
Ingolstadter Landstrasse 1
85764 Neuherberg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Juergen Ertel (Dr.)
ITA-SUOMEN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 249 656
Address
Yliopistonranta 1 E
70211 Kuopio
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jaana Backman (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 104 055,60
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christoph Gruber (Mr.)
MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 68 160
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lennart Larsson (Dr.)
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 64 538,80
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Julie Williams (Ms.)