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An Innovative Analytical Platform to Investigate the Effect and Toxicity of Micro and Nano Plastics Combined with Environmental Contaminants on the Risk of Allergic Disease in Preclinical and Clinical Studies

Project acronym:   IMPTOX

Project type:   Horizon 2020

Unique project identifier:   No. 965173

Project is funded by:   European Commission (Brusseles, Belgium)

Institutions where the research is conducted (click to display the full list):

  • University of Belgrade - Faculty of Chemistry (Belgrade, Serbia)
  • Moverim Consulting Sprl (Brusseles, Belgium)
  • Promoscience srl (Trst, Italy)
  • ...

Project realization is scheduled from April 1, 2021 till March 31, 2025.

Principal investigator:   Tanja D. Ćirković Veličković, University of Belgrade - Faculty of Chemistry (Beograd, Serbia)
      (click to display the list of investigators)

Short description of the project

There is an urgent need to understand the risks on human health of micro- and nano-plastic particles (MNPs) that contaminate food and environment. Therefore, the project An Innovative Analytical Platform to Investigate the Effect and Toxicity of Micro and Nano Plastics Combined with Environmental Contaminants on the Risk of Allergic Disease in Preclinical and Clinical Studies aims to create a cross-disciplinary platform to design suitable analytical approaches for determining the extent of the problem in the environment and to our health by evaluating the influence of ingested and inhaled exposure of MNPs contaminated with metals, allergens, pathogenic bacteria and toxins on allergic responses.

The outcome of this state-of-the-art project includes novel tools for MNP detection; improved understanding of the effects of NMPs combined with critical contaminants in the air, water and food on human health and discovery of predictive biomarkers; increased awareness of disease risk in response to MNPs and contaminants; improved communication strategies between science and relevant stakeholders and contribution to blue growth and the health-relevant aims of the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy; policy-relevant scientific data in support of improved human health hazard and risk assessment and for response and mitigation policies at the national and EU level for policymakers.

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