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Air pollution and health

Research group The research group works with air pollution research, and concerns traffic pollution including exhaust gases and road dust, wood smoke, forest fire smoke, etc. The effects studied range from pregnancy effects to dementia, with many studies on respiratory disease as well as mortality. The impact of air pollution on sickness absence is also studied.

Methodological in-depth studies deal with the importance of air pollution for subclinical cardiovascular outcomes such as atherosclerosis as well as biomarkers for cardiovascular effects and inflammation, as well as the importance of exposure in different time windows. The research projects are also about active transport, and the potential for transferring car trips to cycling. The health gains that could be achieved by transferring car trips to bicycles are calculated in relation to physical activity, the exposure to air pollution among commuters by bicycle or car, as well as the general population, but also take accident risk into account. Studies are also ongoing regarding the benefit of physical activity depending on the air pollution exposure at the residence.

The group also works to improve the methods used for health impact calculations, and has assignments from several authorities.

Group leader


Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine

Research area

Cancer, Public health and health care science
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EU grants 9.4 million EUR to Umeå University's research

Thirteen research projects, ranging from algae to digital merits, can look forward to funding from the EU.

Latest update: 2023-06-19