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Health in Men and Air Quality

The overall aim of this study is to investigate the long-term effects of air pollution on human health in a cohort of older men in Perth, Western Australia. We will develop exposure metrics to classify an individual’s exposure to long-term air pollutants, specifically PM10, PM2.5, NO2, CO and ozone. We will use these exposure metrics to investigate the relationship with cardiovascular and respiratory morbidity, biomarkers of morbidity and mortality. This project will clarify some of the key research questions for air quality from the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Plan for Human Health. Air pollutant concentrations and their impacts on the elderly are predicted to be increased by climate change.[1] Climate change is predicted to significantly increase the formation of ozone, increase temperature and increase the frequency of bushfires, which in turn increases pollutant loads.[2, 3] Specifically by identifying key pollutants, concentrations and outcomes of interest in a vulnerable sub group, we will be able to provide advice to agencies on how to prioritise interventions under current climate change scenarios and for individuals at risk.

Funding agency

National Health and Medical Research Council

Project duration

2011-2013


Researchers

The University of Western Australia, Professor Jane Heyworth
Associate Professor Andrea Hinwood
CSIRO, Dr Martin Cope
Centre for Health and Ageing, The University of Western Australia, Dr Kieran McCaul
Centre for Health and Ageing, The University of Western Australia, Dr Bu Yeap
CREAL, Barcelona, Professor Mark Nieuwenhuijsen
IRAS, Utrect University, Professor Bert Brunekreef

Associate Investigators

The University of Western Australia, Winthrop Professor Leon Flicker
The University of Western Australia, Winthrop Professor Osvaldo Almeida
The University of Western Australia, Winthrop Professor Paul Norman
Dr Peter Rye, Department of Environmental Regulation WA
CREAL, Barcelona, Dr Audrey de Nazelle

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