Toxicological Evaluation of Realistic Emissions of Source Aerosols (TERESA) Study

EPA Grant Number: R827353C013
Subproject: this is subproject number 013 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant R827353
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: EPA Harvard Center for Ambient Particle Health Effects
Center Director: Koutrakis, Petros
Title: Toxicological Evaluation of Realistic Emissions of Source Aerosols (TERESA) Study
Investigators: Koutrakis, Petros
Current Investigators: Koutrakis, Petros , Wolfson, Jack M. , Lawrence, Joy , Ruiz, Pablo
Institution: Harvard University
EPA Project Officer: Chung, Serena
Project Period: June 1, 1999 through May 31, 2005 (Extended to May 31, 2006)
RFA: Airborne Particulate Matter (PM) Centers (1999) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Air Quality and Air Toxics , Particulate Matter , Air


Sources such as coal-fired power plants may produce only small quantities of primary particulate matter (PM), and most of the concern over the health impacts of power plant emissions focuses on the secondary particles formed via atmospheric oxidation of emitted SO2. The effects of secondary particles formed from vehicular emissions are also of considerable concern. However, toxicological studies of these secondary particles are difficult to carry out. The TERESA (Toxicological Evaluation of Realistic Emissions of Source Aerosols) study involves the use of mobile laboratories at power plants or sources of vehicular emissions to age these emissions, followed by animal exposures. Development of methods to carry out these studies was supported by the EPA PM Center at HSPH in conjunction with the Electric Power Research Institute and the US Department of Energy. Several power plants were included in the project to allow assessment of different coals and pollution control configurations. The primary goal of TERESA is to evaluate the comparative toxicity of secondary particles derived from coal-fired power plant emissions and vehicular sources.

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Supplemental Keywords:

exposure, health effects, susceptibility, metals, public policy, biology, engineering, epidemiology, toxicology, environmental chemistry, monitoring, air pollutants, air pollution, air quality, ambient air, ambient air monitoring, ambient air quality, ambient measurement methods, ambient monitoring, ambient particle health effects, ambient particles, animal inhalation study, assessment of exposure, biological mechanism, biological response, cardiopulmonary, cardiopulmonary response, cardiovascular disease, chemical exposure, children, developmental effects, dosimetry, environmental health hazard, exposure and effects, genetic susceptibility, health risks, human exposure, human health, human health effects, human health risk, human susceptibility, indoor air quality, indoor exposure, inhalation, inhalation toxicology, inhaled particles, lead, measurement methods, particle exposure, particulate exposure, particulates, pulmonary, pulmonary disease, respiratory, respiratory disease, risk assessment, sensitive populations, stratospheric ozone,, RFA, Health, Scientific Discipline, Air, Air Pollution Monitoring, particulate matter, Toxicology, air toxics, Environmental Chemistry, Air Pollution Effects, Risk Assessments, Environmental Monitoring, Children's Health, indoor air, Molecular Biology/Genetics, Biology, Environmental Engineering, ambient air quality, health effects, microbiology, monitoring, particulates, risk assessment, sensitive populations, chemical exposure, air pollutants, cardiopulmonary responses, epidemiology, human health effects, indoor exposure, ambient air monitoring, exposure and effects, ambient air, ambient measurement methods, lead, pulmonary disease, developmental effects, biological response, respiratory disease, air pollution, ambient monitoring, children, Human Health Risk Assessment, particle exposure, biological mechanism , human exposure, inhalation, mobile sources, pulmonary, susceptibility, particulate exposure, assessment of exposure, ambient particle health effects, PM, tropospheric ozone, epidemeology, environmental health hazard, inhalation toxicology, cardiopulmonary, indoor air quality, modeling studies, human health, air quality, cardiovascular disease, dosimetry, human health risk, metals, respiratory, genetic susceptibility

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  • Main Center Abstract and Reports:

    R827353    EPA Harvard Center for Ambient Particle Health Effects

    Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    R827353C001 Assessing Human Exposures to Particulate and Gaseous Air Pollutants
    R827353C002 Quantifying Exposure Error and its Effect on Epidemiological Studies
    R827353C003 St. Louis Bus, Steubenville and Atlanta Studies
    R827353C004 Examining Conditions That Predispose Towards Acute Adverse Effects of Particulate Exposures
    R827353C005 Assessing Life-Shortening Associated with Exposure to Particulate Matter
    R827353C006 Investigating Chronic Effects of Exposure to Particulate Matter
    R827353C007 Determining the Effects of Particle Characteristics on Respiratory Health of Children
    R827353C008 Differentiating the Roles of Particle Size, Particle Composition, and Gaseous Co-Pollutants on Cardiac Ischemia
    R827353C009 Assessing Deposition of Ambient Particles in the Lung
    R827353C010 Relating Changes in Blood Viscosity, Other Clotting Parameters, Heart Rate, and Heart Rate Variability to Particulate and Criteria Gas Exposures
    R827353C011 Studies of Oxidant Mechanisms
    R827353C012 Modeling Relationships Between Mobile Source Particle Emissions and Population Exposures
    R827353C013 Toxicological Evaluation of Realistic Emissions of Source Aerosols (TERESA) Study
    R827353C014 Identifying the Physical and Chemical Properties of Particulate Matter Responsible for the Observed Adverse Health Effects
    R827353C015 Research Coordination Core
    R827353C016 Analytical and Facilities Core
    R827353C017 Technology Development and Transfer Core