American Journal of Pharmacology and Toxicology

WORKSHOP ON THE SOURCES, QUANTIFICATION AND HEALTH IMPLICATIONS OF BIOAEROSOLS WORKSHOP REPORT

Karen Exley, Sarah Robertson, Francis D. Pope, Roy M. Harrison and Timothy W. Gant

DOI : 10.3844/ajptsp.2014.189.199

American Journal of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Volume 9, 2014

Pages 189-199

Abstract

Scientists, health care professionals and the general public have all raised concerns about the potential health impact natural and manmade sources bioaerosols. In response in september 2012 the Natural Environmental Research Council and public health England jointly funded a workshop to review the ‘sources, quantification and health implications of bioaerosols’. The organising committee for the workshop identified five priority areas-(1) bioaerosol identification and quantification methodology, (2) bioaerosol sources, (3) health effects of bioaerosols, (4) extreme events, risk assessment and mediation and (5) bioaerosol dispersion and modelling. The primary purpose was to bring together experts to report on recent research and identify research gaps where increased knowledge would improve risk understanding and public health. This report summarises the presentations, the main discussion points and key conclusions that emerged during the workshop.

Copyright

© 2014 Karen Exley, Sarah Robertson, Francis D. Pope, Roy M. Harrison and Timothy W. Gant. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.