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Respiratory disease: AHSC programme

UCLPartners AHSC (Academic Health Science Centre) works in collaboration across the partnership to continue our focus on respiratory health and its significance for future generations.

Research at Queen Mary University of London has transformed the way we think about respiratory health and its impact on our wellbeing.

Specifically, air pollution has been shown to stunt children’s lung growth and increase asthma attacks. This work has influenced the introduction of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), designed to reduce air pollution caused by traffic in central London.

Featured work

  • Children’s Health in London and Luton (CHILL) aims to independently evaluate whether the Ultra Low Emission zone is effective at reducing air pollution in London and therefore improves children’s Health. We are also interested in whether exposure to air pollution in childhood leaves markers on genes that reflect pollution levels over time. We have recruited over 3,300 primary school pupils across London and Luton to take part from 44 London schools and 41 Luton schools. These children will be assessed once a year for up to four years.