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Epidemiological studies of health effects of long-term exposure to traffic pollution
Recent literature on traffic related air pollution and health (HEI, 2010) concluded that there are
substantial gaps in what we know about exposure to traffic pollution and its health effects, but that
there is sufficient evidence that exposure to traffic-related air pollution causes asthma exacerbations
in children and suggestive evidence that it may cause other health effects (such as the onset of childhood asthma,
non asthma respiratory symptoms, impaired lung function and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality).
Using innovative techniques, this work-package aims to:
- To investigate the associations between traffic pollution (air and noise) and adverse health effects occurring
across the whole life span using a coordinated analysis of six health datasets
- To quantify any associations so that they can be used for planning and policy using the same fine
spatial scale modelled metrics of exposure that are routinely used in London
- To investigate factors affecting vulnerability to traffic pollution
through increased exposure or adverse socioeconomic circumstances.
Lead: Prof Ross Anderson
Module 1: Dr Mireille Toledano
Module 2: Professor Peter Whincup
Module 3: Professor Derek Cook
Module 4: Dr Cathryn Tonne
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