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.
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. https://www.qmul.ac.uk/chill/