Previous Project

UFIREG: "Ultrafine particles – an evidence based contribution to the development of regional and European environmental and health policy" (2011 – 2016)

Official website of the project
: www.ufireg-central.eu

Study objectives:
The project UFIREG focused on short-term effects of ultrafine and fine particles on human health, as information on health effects of ultrafine particles is still limited. Until now, there exist no directives for regulation of ultrafine particle measurements in ambient air. The established limit values for particulate matter (PM10 or PM2.5) are not suitable for ultrafine particles because of their small size and mass. Hence, the main objectives of the study were to measure ultrafine particles in five European cities (Dresden, Augsburg, Prague, Ljubljana and Chernivtsi) and to investigate the short-term effects of ultrafine particles on mortality and morbidity in order to provide an evidence based contribution to the development of environmental and health policy.


Specific aims were:

  • To improve the overall sensitivity of the population as well as the environmental and health care authorities of the targeted regions to the health effects of ultrafine particles
  • To prepare a cost-efficient ultrafine particles measurement strategy applicable in all European regions
  • To investigate short-term effects of ultrafine and fine particles on (cause-specific) mortality and hospital admissions
  • To integrate results into the regional political decision-making and concrete local measures by developing differentiated solutions to the respective regional settings.

 
Study design:

City-specific time series analysis; combined results using meta-analytic approaches.

Study areas:
Dresden and Augsburg (Germany), Prague (Czech Republic), Ljubljana (Slovenia), and Chernivtsi (Ukraine).

Study population:
Residents of Dresden, Augsburg, Prague, Ljubljana and Chernivtsi, respectively

Study period:
July 2011 – December 2014

Current status:
Completed; paper drafting ongoing.

Investigators:
Technische Universität Dresden, Research Association Public Health Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt; Saxon State Agency for Environment, Agriculture and Geology;
Helmholtz Zentrum München, German Research Center for Environmental Health (Prof. Dr. Annette Peters, Dr. Josef Cyrys, Dr. Susanne Breitner, Dr. Alexandra Schneider, Dr. Regina Rückerl, Uta Geruschkat, Stefanie Lanzinger, Thomas Kusch);
Institute of Experimental Medicine AS CR, v.v.i.;
Czech Hydrometeorological Institute;
Institute of Public Health Celje;
Departement of Medical and Ecological Problems, L.I. Medved’s Institute of Ecohygiene and Toxicology, Ministry of Health, Ukraine

Funding:
European Regional Development Fund Financing Programme Central Europe (2011-2014)

Contact:
Helmholtz Zentrum München, German Research Center for Environmental Health
Institute of Epidemiology II
Dr. Josef Cyrys


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