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Researchers examine the impact of London pollution on health

Wearable sensors will help researchers understand the effects of air pollution on health. 

The INHALE research project, led by researchers from Imperial College London, is examining the degree of exposure to environmental pollution and the potential effect of pollution on participants’ lungs in locations across London. 

The researchers are modelling air pollution and airflow in cities and exploring the effect of interventions such as roadside hedges or medication for at-risk people such as asthmatics. 

The trial will examine pollutants’ potential for cell and tissue damage and how this relates to health outcomes. 

Participants will wear personal monitors to understand their exposure to pollution, and their lung function will be monitored by researchers. 

Bea Goater and Jonathan Goater

Beatrice and Jonathan Goater are among those taking part in the INHALE trial. They live on a busy road in West London and their passion for tackling air pollution prompted them to volunteer.  

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Jonathan said: ‘We wanted to see what all the pollution is doing to us. If we are seeing a degradation in any part of our ability to breathe, that is obviously going to inform how we go about our day-to-day lives. If it’s mask-wearing or moving house, what can we do to change our environment?’

The researchers are looking for healthy or asthmatic volunteers for participation in the study. 

To get involved in the research, contact Sally Meah at the Respiratory Research Unit, Royal Brompton Hospital on 0207 351 8935 or e-mail: sally.meah@imperial.ac.uk

 

 

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