Environmental Protection

EPA Awards $32M to Understand Health Impacts of Air Pollution

The research centers will explore the health impacts on children and older citizens to determine which health effects occur at different life stages.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $32 million to fund four new Clean Air Research Centers at universities conducting cutting edge air pollution research.

Each center will receive approximately $8 million over five years. They are located at:

  • Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Harvard University, Boston, Mass.
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.
  • University of Washington, Seattle, Wash.

The research will focus on the impacts of air pollution mixtures on peopleā€™s health. It is important to understand the health risks associated with exposure to multiple air pollutants because people are exposed to more than one pollutant at a time.
The research centers will explore the health impacts on children and older citizens to determine which health effects occur at different life stages. The centers will also study those most susceptible to air pollution, including people with pre-existing conditions and people living in communities where there are greater health risks associated with air pollution. A myriad of health effects ranging from cardiovascular and pulmonary problems to neurological and inflammation outcomes will also be examined.

For more information, visit www.epa.gov/ncer/clarcs.

Source: U.S. EPA

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