Introduction

Introduction

Our research focuses on the following themes:

  • Long and short-term outcomes of exposure to air pollutants in adults and in children. To date there are no published Australian studies on long-term effects of exposure to air pollution, despite this being an important emerging theme in the international literature.
  • The biological basis of adverse human effects of air pollutants including gene-environment interactions and environmental toxicology, an emerging area in air pollution research.
  • Effects of air pollutants on vulnerable populations including children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with pre-existing chronic diseases.
  • Methodological advances in the study of air pollutants and their human health effects including: the synergistic and confounding effects of multiple pollutants and the consequences that must be considered when determining regulation; methods for assessing the environmental impacts of new pollutants; improved exposure assessment techniques including advances in geospatial analysis and the application of remote sensing data about air pollution to epidemiological studies; and economic analyses.