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Date:9/5/2007

Caretakers of children who are especially susceptible to air pollution (which can lead to increased risks of respiratory disease) will be able to identify locations in their everyday lives that contain high levels of particulate matter, thanks to research by an interdisciplinary team led by the University of Cincinnati and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Sang Young Son, assistant professor in the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering, is principal investigator of the newly awarded $2 million, four-year project called Development and Field Test of a Positional Tagging Miniature Personal Sensor for PM1, sponsored by NIH's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Son and his fellow researchers will use the grant to develop sensors for detecting and measuring particles in the air, which affect adults and children alike.

The interdisciplinary research team -- consisting of researchers at the UC colleges of Engineering and Medicine with collaborators at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri -- plans to package condensate particulate counter sensors into miniature units utilizing microfluidics technologies that children can wear throughout the day. The team will integrate geographic information system technology developed at NASA into the sensors, allowing the exact location of specific exposures to be recorded.

Co-principal investigators consist of Da-Ren Chen, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Washington University; Paul S. Greenberg, NASA Glenn Research Center; Milind Jog, associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Cincinnati; Grace LeMasters, professor and director of the molecular epidemiology in Children's Environmental Health Training at UC; James Lockey, professor of environmental health and internal medicine (pulmonary) at UC; and Patrick Ryan, research associate in environmental
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Contact: Wendy Hart Beckman
wendy.beckman@uc.edu
513-556-1826
University of Cincinnati
Source:Eurekalert

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