The impact of ambient air pollution on indoor environment in China: Evaluation of a practical intervention

Project Overview

Researchers from the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI) at Rutgers University (RU, US), University of Reading (UR, UK), and Chongqing University (CQU, China), jointly propose to: 1) investigate the impact of changes in ambient air pollution on indoor air quality (IAQ), and whether indoor pollutant exposures and their implicit health effects can be modified by the use of commercial air cleaners; and 2) provide academic exchange of staff and students in knowledge of exposure science methodology, individual and public health implications, the ventilation on the impact of outdoor-to-indoor transport.

Background

The Global Innovation Initiative (GII) is a shared commitment of the United Kingdom and the United States to strengthen research collaboration between universities in the UK, US, and emerging economies. GII will award grants to university consortia focusing on interdisciplinary science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related issues of global significance that foster cutting-edge research and strengthen international partnerships. The grants are intended to bring mutual benefit to higher education institutions in the UK, US and emerging economies by developing multilateral relationships that enhance institutional ties.

Key Objectives

The proposed study will

  • provide a basis for application and development of filtration technology to clean air in residential buildings;
  • foster an increase in the long-term research capacity of the three organizations to conduct environmental air pollution and consequent health effects research;
  • help to develop a study to evaluate clinical biomarkers allowing refinement of indoor health risks; and
  • provide knowledge for the design and build healthy dwellings.

Partners

  • Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, US
  • Chongqing University , China

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