Aerosol and Human Health

Atmospheric particulate matter (PM) is one of the most important air pollutants in both industrialized and developing countries. Current research involves both modelling and experimental approaches for improving the understanding of the sources and processes regulating PM levels in highly populated areas, including large conurbations. STOPPER has established collaborations with international leading research groups, air quality agencies, and teams of toxicologists and epidemiologists involved in research and assessment of aerosol health effects. Current experiments focus on: a) investigating sources, nature and short-term health effects of PM in the Po Valley, b) the effect of secondary processes, including aerosol-fog interaction, on aerosol toxicological properties, c) the evaluation of new analytical methods for measuring mutagenic and redox-active compounds in the aerosol, d) the association of PM indoor pollution and adverse health effects in rural populations of the developing world.