IMM Seminar - Human exposure assessment in determining health effects of air pollution - experience and perspective from Danish studies
Professor Ole Hertel, Head of Section, Department of Environmental Science - Atmospheric chemistry and physics, Aarhus University, Denmark.
Petter Ljungman, Assistant Professor, Karolinska Institutet, Cardiologist, Danderyd Hospital
Health effects of air pollution has been assessed in Danish studies since the mid 1990’s. In studies of short-term health effects, the exposure assessment has usually been based on measurements from the routine monitoring program, whereas for long-term health chemistry-transport modelling has generally been applied. The presentation will summarize the main findings and the experience from the studies over the past more than two decades. Furthermore the shortcomings of current studies will be discussed and perspectives for the future will be outlined. The latter will include discussions of the approach in exposure assessment as well as the difficulties in using the pollutant level at the address as proxy for the exposure. The perspectives for the Danish studies include work that will be carried out under the US Health Effect Institute funded ELAPSE and a new 60 million DKK grant from the NOVO Nordisk Foundation. The latter work will include personal exposure monitoring, use of data from social media and use of the entire Danish population as cohort.