Group | Air Pollution and Health

Our long-standing expertise – nested across all groups of the Chronic Disease Epidemiology unit and several other EPH groups and units – ranges from reviewing the international literature on air pollution and health (LUDOK) and measuring and modelling exposure to ambient air pollution, to investigating its health effects in children and adults, and estimating the related public health burden or the benefits of clean air.

Collaborations and Projects

Our experts serve on committees and advisory boards to advance research and policies at the international level, and collaborate with local and national authorities to provide valuable information on air quality. Seminal long-term projects, such as SAPALDIA, ECRHS, ESCAPE, EGEA, REGICORE, SALIA or the Southern Californian Children’s Health Study, highlight our involvement in investigating the effects of air pollution on chronic pathologies in various part of the world.

Nino Künzli

Professor Nino Künzli, MD, PhD, MPH

Agrawala S et al. Call for comments: climate and clean air responses to covid-19. Int J Public Health. 2020;65:525-528. DOI: 10.1007/s00038-020-01394-3

Bauwens J, Saenz L.H, Reusser A, Künzli N, Bonhoeffer J. Safety of co-administration versus separate administration of the same vaccines in children: a systematic literature review. Vaccines (Basel). 2020;8(1):12. DOI: 10.3390/vaccines8010012

Burte E et al. Long-term air pollution exposure is associated with increased severity of rhinitis in 2 European cohorts. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2020;145(3):834-842 e6. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaci.2019.11.040

Castro A et al. Comparing the lung cancer burden of ambient particulate matter using scenarios of air quality standards versus acceptable risk levels. Int J Public Health. 2020;65(2):139-148. DOI: 10.1007/s00038-019-01324-y

Eidgenössische Kommission für Lufthygiene (EKL). Luftverschmutzung und COVID-19 Epidemie. Sechs Aspekte erläutert von der EKL. Bern: Bundesamt für Umwelt (BAFU), 2020