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Atopic diseases in changing climate, land use and air quality

Atopic diseases in changing climate, land use and air quality

Objective

There is an urgent need to understand how global and regional climate, land use and air quality changes will impact human health. Our consortium constitutes an innovative and multidisciplinary approach to explore the combined pan-European impact of changes in climate, land use and air pollution on allergen pollen-induced diseases through a chain of quantitative physical and statistical models. We plan to develop integrated and cross-disciplinary approaches to assess the health risks resulting from severe environmental change and to design suitable adaptation policies. We will study vulnerable groups of atopic patients and search for predictive biomarkers, and establish statistical models of disease response to pollen for assessing future trends and risks. We will examine the effects of climate and air quality directly on pollen allergenicity using experimental animals. Furthermore, we will maintain a dialogue with relevant stakeholders and provide recommendations for policy makers. We chose to focus on the invasive and highly allergenic Ambrosia pollen because of the high rate at which it is spreading through Europe and the high frequency at which Europeans are becoming allergic to it with its consequent negative impact on health and the European economy. The outcome of this state-of-the-art project is; 1) improved understanding of the changes of multiple environmental factors and stressors on allergic disease, 2) scenarios of allergic disease risk currently and in the future, 3) useful information for response policies at national and European levels, 4) increased awareness of allergic disease risk in response to multiple environmental changes, 5) improved communication strategies between science and stakeholders, 6) contribution to the Fifth IPCC Assessment Report (AR5) due in 2013-14, and 7) policy-relevant guidance to combat Ambrosia invasion and air pollutant interactions with aeroallergens.
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Coordinator

MEDIZINISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Address

Spitalgasse 23
1090 Wien

Austria

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 673 590,20

Administrative Contact

Michelle Epstein (Dr.)

Participants (10)

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UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION -UNESCO

France

EU Contribution

€ 249 750

Srebrnjak Children's Hospital

Croatia

EU Contribution

€ 323 402

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE L ENVIRONNEMENT ET DES RISQUES INERIS

France

EU Contribution

€ 260 634,28

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 326 905,75

MOVERIM CONSULTING SPRL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 167 988,80

Promoscience srl

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 227 100,80

ROTHAMSTED RESEARCH LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 295 075,11

UNIVERSITAET ULM

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 375 800

UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 292 678,80

UNIVERSITA VITA-SALUTE SAN RAFFAELE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 304 234,40

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 282687

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2011

  • End date

    31 March 2015

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 426 870,14

  • EU contribution

    € 3 497 160,14

Coordinated by:

MEDIZINISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria

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