April, 20th and 21st, 2009 - General information
The first assembly meeting of the European Project HITEA (Health Effects of Indoor Pollutants: Integrating microbial, toxicological and epidemiological approaches), will be held at CREAL. Jordi Sunyer, codirector of CREAL and director of the Epidemiology and Public Health Programme at IMIM-Hospital del Mar and Jan-Paul Zock, researcher at CREAL-IMIM, lead two of the project work packages.
In this meeting, what has been done until now will be presented, and a plan for the future will be drawn. The overall aim of the study is to identify the role of house indoor biological agents that lead to long term respiratory, inflammatory and allergic health impacts among children. The focus is on microbial exposures due to dampness; in addition, the role of allergens, chemicals, cleaning agents, traffic exhaust and poor ventilation are studied.