Elizabeth Blackwell Institute workshop: Air quality and health

20 November 2015, 9.00 AM - 20 November 2015, 12.00 PM

University of Bristol, Queen's Building, Room 0.18, University Walk, Bristol BS8 1TR

Background and purpose:

Bristol has a substantial amount of research activity that involves physicochemical measurements of atmospheric contents, deploying the technology for measuring atmospheric parameters in public spaces and the home, human behaviour, disease and epidemiology.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring the key players together for a discussion about how we can raise the profile and understanding of this wider research activity across the university, such that we can identify the key questions and challenges that the community can collectively address through innovative approaches and interdisciplinary collaborations. 

Several funders, in both government and charity sectors, provide opportunities to apply for collaborative and/or interdisciplinary grants that would be suitable to support resulting long-term collaborations if they can be identified (current examples include MRC highlight notice in the area of environmental exposure and chronic diseaseWellcome Trust Collaborative Awards in Science; Cross-Council call Atmospheric Pollution & Human Health in an Indian Megacity (NB. specific focus and deadline for applications for the latter call 12 December 2015)).

This workshop is open to all University of Bristol researchers and external participants. We particularly welcome representatives from NHS and healthcare service providers. Participation in this workshop is free.

To register please email ebih-admin@bristol.ac.uk by 9 November 2015 indicating your affiliation and outlining your area of expertise.  

Provisional programme:

09:00 Introduction
Jeremy Tavaré, Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, and Paul Burton, School of  Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol
09:10 Clinical evidence and research at the University of Bristol:
James Dodd, Academic Respiratory Unit, School of Clinical Sciences 
'An overview of the impact of air pollution on health outcomes'
Kasia Kordas, Head of Epidemiological Research, ALSPAC
‘Air pollution and health of children and adults in ALSPAC’
Matthew Suderman, School of Social and Community Medicine
'Integration of large-scale biology with epidemiology to better understand the health outcomes of early life exposures'
Dimitra Simeonidou, Chief Technology Officer of Bristol Is Open and Professor of High Performance Networks, University of Bristol
‘Bristol Is Open, A City Wide Test-bed for IoT platform deployment and Data Harvesting’
Jonathan Reid, School of Chemistry
'Research at the Bristol Aerosol Research Centre (BARC)'
Oliver Davis, Reader in Statistical Genetics, MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol, and School of Social and Community Medicine
Mapping geographical differences in the genetic and environmental aetiology of childhood asthma in the UK and Sweden’.
Rachael Gooberman-Hill, School of Clinical Sciences
‘SPHERE: user centred design, data and privacy’
10:00  Discussion: identifying key challenges/questions
10:40  Coffee break
10:50 Break out sessions: discussion in groups
11:40 Groups report back
11:55 Summary and next steps (Jeremy Tavaré and Paul Burton)
12:00 Workshop ends


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