Mission and Vision

The World Health Organisation (WHO) states particulate matter (PM) air pollution to be the largest environmental health risk in Europe, causing a substantial disease burden. It is estimated that in 2014 more than 90% of the world population lived in places where WHO air quality guidelines were not met, causing 3 million premature deaths due to exposure to ambient air pollution and making it the fourth highest risk factor of death globally. Although the association between several combustion aerosols and adverse health effects is well established, the effect of atmospheric ageing on aerosol toxicity has been sparsely investigated. This knowledge gap is addressed by the research of AeroHEALTH:

  • Elucidation of the molecular mechanisms and relevant agents in secondary and ambient aerosols relevant for the observed adverse health effects
  • Identification of biomarkers for exposure and health effects
  • Evaluation of the relative toxicological potential of secondary aerosols generated under different realistic atmospheric conditions
  • Combination of the toxicological potentials of primary aerosols and secondary aerosols at different ageing scenarios