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Air pollution & Traffic noise

Our research is focused on health effect of air pollution in the general population from different sources.

Swedish Clean Air and Climate research

We have recently published a study on long-term effects of total and source-specific on incident cardiovascular disease in Gothenburg (the PPS and GOT-Monica cohorts). This study was part of the SCAC (Swedish Clean Air and Climate research) program, and we will now also study the total and cardiorespiratory mortality within the SCAC II program. This project is funded by the Swedish EPA (PI John Munthe at IVL). We will also study the effect of noise exposure, when air pollution are taken into account, within a Nordic research programme (NORDFORSK).


In SCAPIS (Swedish CArdioPulmonary bioImage Study) we will investigate if air pollution is associated with atherosclerosis in the coronary and carotid arteries of the heart in 5000 subjects from Gothenburg. In this project we collaborate with prof Göran Bergström.

The Malmö Diet and Cancer cohort

We will also study associations between air pollution and atherosclerosis in carotid arteries and cardiovascular events and mortality in collaboration with researchers in Malmö (prof Gunnar Engström, Lund university), in a large well-defined cohort - The Malmö Diet and Cancer cohort.

Wood smoke

Several studies have been performed on personal exposure to wood smoke constituents, as well as indoor and ambient levels. We have performed controlled chamber studies of exposure to wood smoke in humans. Household air pollution in relation to tuberculosis is studied in collaboration with University of KwaZulu Natal, in Durban (PI Rajen Naidoo).

VOC, POP and noise

We are also studying personal and indoor exposure to small particles, VOCs and their determinants. Several studies have been performed to test passive samplers for volatile organic compounds (VOC) and persistent organic pollutants (POP). Time trends of air pollutant and noise in both Gothenburg and Stockholm are evaluated. We also study the impact of various measures to reduce noise in the environment.

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