A plenary meeting of the EU-funding ESCAPE (European Study of Cohorts for Air Pollution Effects) research project, 14-16 June 2010 in Utrecht included further discussions on the timing of releasing findings.
The main results will be available in 2012 as originally envisaged but some first results may be presented in September 2011 at the ISEE (International Society for Environmental Epidemiology) meeting in Barcelona. The research will provide new assessments of the risks for health of populations affected by poor air quality. Papers will address vulnerable groups, such as children and pregnant mothers; asthma and respiratory disease, high blood pressure and cardio-vascular disease; mortality and cancer amongst other conditions. The overall strategy is to take advantage of health data from European cohort studies.
HEAL took part in the meeting to provide an introduction to its potential support for the promotion and dissemination of the ESCAPE project findings to policy makers, patients’ groups, health and environment organisations and others. Dr Michal Krzyzanowski, Regional Adviser, Air Quality, World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe told the meeting that he considered dissemination to policy makers to be a significant and important task. "The timing of these findings will be good for policy developments on air quality, which makes the dissemination work very worthwhile," he said.
The ESCAPE newsletter is available on the website at www.escapeproject.eu
Written on 30 June 2010.