Mission Statement of the EAA-Working Group

INHALATION, EXPOSURE and HEALTH


Exposure to ambient aerosol particles is unavoidable and may lead to adverse health effects. Among the different entrance ways into the human organism, inhalation is by far the most important exposure route, although particles may also enter the organism through other pathways including the skin and the gastrointestinal tract. Once particles have entered the organism either through the lungs or other entrance ways their fate is determined by the defense mechanisms of the organism, the mobility of the particles within the organism and the interaction between the particles and the organism.

Hence, the main focus of this EAA work group are issues related to particle lung deposition and clearance as well the biological response to particle exposure and migration of particles within the organism on a cellular and systemic level. This includes topics such as:

 

Health effects of aerosol exposure
Particle lung deposition, clearance and translocation to other organs
Lung morphology and (patho-) physiology
Dosimetry and detection of particles in organisms, tissues and cells
Biological response of organisms, cells and proteins to particle exposure
Particle-induced health effects (toxicology, epidemiology and immunology)
Bioaerosols and allergens
Aerosol-based medical diagnostics and targeted drug delivery (drug carriers).


The Working Group is a highly interdisciplinary forum for scientific exchange and in depth discussions welcoming contributions from diverse fields such as physics. Medicine, biology, pharmacy, chemistry and engineering. We co-operate with other EAA Working groups to discuss overlapping issues such as the nanoparticle formation, characterization and dispersion in air and liquids.

 

Minutes of the annual meetings: