Special Issue "Genetic Impact on the Development of Allergic Disease"


A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Bing-Fang Hwang
Department of Occupational Safety and Health, College of Public Health, China Medical University, No 91 Hsueh-Shih Rd, Taichung, 40402 R.O.C., Taiwan
Website: http://cmudosh.cmu.edu.tw/
E-Mail: bfhwang@mail.cmu.edu.tw

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Asthma is considered to be an inflammatory disease of the airways. Although knowledge of asthma’s pathogenetic mechanisms has advanced greatly during recent years, the factors that predispose individuals to asthma remain unknown. Currently known or strongly suspected determinants of asthma can be divided into two broad categories: constitutional (genetic or acquired congenital) and environmental. The interaction between genetic and environmental determinants has not been well investigated.

This special issue of IJERPH aims to advance the field of genetics within the area of allergic disease development. The issue will focus on the novel topic of gene-environment interaction in the context of asthma’s etiology. It aims to focus on air pollution’s effects (with respect to inducing asthma) and gene-environment interaction. This issue welcomes both quantitative and qualitative studies, and is intended to include papers that assess the effects of environmental factors (e.g., environmental tobacco smoke, indoor dampness and mold problems, and air pollution) on the development of asthma and asthma-like symptoms, as well as the genetic markers that predict of asthma. Identification of susceptible individuals increases the accuracy and precision of risk assessment, and provides a possibility of focusing on preventive efforts in a cost-effective manner.

Prof. Dr. Bing-Fang Hwang
Guest Editor


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  • air pollution
  • asthma
  • gene-environment interaction

Published Papers (2 papers)

by , , , ,  and
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(8), 7636-7641; doi:10.3390/ijerph110807636
Received: 8 April 2014; in revised form: 15 July 2014 / Accepted: 16 July 2014 / Published: 29 July 2014
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by ,  and
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(6), 6504-6516; doi:10.3390/ijerph110606504
Received: 10 March 2014; in revised form: 29 May 2014 / Accepted: 11 June 2014 / Published: 20 June 2014
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Last update: 11 September 2013

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