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Air Pollutant Toxicology Round Table, December 2020

Air pollution is acknowledged as one of the five greatest health risks to humanity worldwide and the single greatest environmental health risk. Toxicology and mechanistic-based research remain essential in understanding how components of air pollution and source specific mixtures within both ambient and indoor air, drive disease progression and exacerbation.

On 3rd December 2020, the SPF Clean Air Champions convened a round table event on the toxicology and health effects of air pollution. The following report begins with recommendations for capacity building and key research priorities. This is followed by a detailed summary of the presentations and discussion from the round table.

Report: Rebuilding air pollution toxicology research in the UK: A call for action

Joining Forces to Improve Air Quality and Health, October 2020

As part of a series of planned on-line workshops and meetings, an online workshop “Joining Forces to Improve Air Quality and Health” was held over two days on 12th and 13th October 2020. The workshop was convened by the Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) Clean Air Champions, in partnership with the Met Office and National Physical laboratory, as one of the knowledge exchange events run by the SPF Clean Air Programme.

The meeting provided an opportunity for a wide range of experts who work in various air quality and health related sectors to share experiences, requirements and concerns and discuss the relevant questions and issues that lie at the heart of continued progress in this area. Delegates examined areas of potential synergies between the health and air quality communities to formulate continued collaborative work that will enable the aims of the Clean Air Programme to be effectively achieved.

Joining Forces to Improve Air Quality and Health workshop conveners and report authors: Prof Sir Stephen Holgate, Dr Jenny Baverstock, Dr Matt Hort, Mr Noel Nelson, Mr Tom Gardiner.

Report: Joining Forces to Improve Air Quality and Health Workshop Report.

Recent tweets from @UK_CleanAir

Clean Air Champion Professor Sir Stephen Holgate and health campaigner @rosamund_ElsFdn talk about their experiences working together and the need for greater engagement of the medical profession to prevent future #AirPollution deaths.

Clean Air Champion @DrGaryFuller's latest @guardian piece on research to investigate #airpollution from garden bonfires.

Is it time for air pollution management to catch up with health evidence? Clean Air Champion @drgaryfuller writes about the science that tells us that we need to go beyond adoption of @WHO #airpollution guidelines