Special Issue "Challenges in Urban Air Pollution and Respiratory Health"


A special issue of Challenges (ISSN 2078-1547).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 May 2013)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Andrij Holian
The Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, The University of Montana-Missoula, 32 Campus Drive Missoula, MT 59812, USA
Website: http://cehsweb.health.umt.edu/users/andrij-holian
E-Mail: andrij.holian@umontana.edu
Interests: nanoparticles; particulate matter; asbestos; silica; alveolar macrophages; innate immunity; NLRP3 inflammasome; macrophage receptors; lysosomes

Guest Editor
Dr. Christopher Migliaccio
The Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, The University of Montana-Missoula, 32 Campus Drive Missoula, MT 59812, USA
Website: http://cehsweb.health.umt.edu/users/chris-migliaccio
E-Mail: christopher.migliaccio@umontana.edu

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Many studies have documented the health effects of air toxics, priority air pollutant gases and particulates on human health. In addition studies have identified susceptible populations such as the young, elderly and those with compromised conditions (e.g. respiratory, cardiovascular). However, much of the information is descriptive and it remains uncertain how to evaluate contributions from a variety of sources when exposed to these complex mixtures. Of additional concern is the comparison of indoor versus outdoor exposures and their relative contributions to human health.

The purpose of this issue of Challenges is to advance the field of respiratory exposures and the impacts on individual and community health. The issue is designed to accomplish this through a multidisciplinary approach. Reviews of the current state of knowledge will be coupled with identification of emerging areas of concern. Additionally, economical interventions to protect the greatest number of susceptible individuals will be proposed and evaluated from multiple perspectives including, but not limited to biomedical, societal, atmospheric, and environmental.

Prof. Dr. Andrij Holian
Dr. Christopher Migliaccio
Guest Editors


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  • mixtures
  • sources
  • indoor/outdoor
  • mechanisms
  • human health
  • susceptible populations
  • economics
  • interventions

Published Papers (1 paper)

by ,  and
Challenges 2013, 4(2), 188-200; doi:10.3390/challe4020188
Received: 29 May 2013; in revised form: 9 July 2013 / Accepted: 31 July 2013 / Published: 30 August 2013
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Last update: 4 December 2012

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