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InDust / SDS-WAS Expert Meeting on Dust Exposure Products and Health Effects

by Enric Terradellas last modified Jan 14, 2019 09:46 AM
When Jan 10, 2019 02:00 PM to
Jan 11, 2019 12:00 PM
Where Barcelona
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Background

Evidence on the health effects of desert dust remains unclear. Recently, a systematic review commissioned by the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported inconsistent results across different studies and geographical areas, the main sources of heterogeneity being the study settings, the exposure assessment methods and the epidemiological study designs. The report concluded that there is an urgent need to develop a standardized protocol to quantify dust exposure and to conduct epidemiological studies, in and near to hot spots.

Aim of the meeting

The aim of the meeting is to discuss the current availability of dust measurements/estimates and the potential products to be derived to identify dust events and sources for natural and local contributions to particulate matter, useful to develop a standardized study protocol for epidemiological studies for the short-term health effects in geographical areas located inside or in proximity to hot spots. The outcome of the meeting will be converted into an open access paper providing guidelines for future studies.

The meeting will be divided in two parts. The first day participants will present the state-of-the-art of their research on both areas, health effects of desert dust and methods to identify dust event exposures. The second day, participants will discuss how to propose a standardized methodology to collect data on health outcomes and dust exposures and how to conduct epidemiological time-series studies for the short-term effects using a consensual methodology.

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