2002 Progress Report: Health Effects Research Core

EPA Grant Number: R827355C007
Subproject: this is subproject number 007 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant R827355
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: Airborne PM - Northwest Research Center for Particulate Air Pollution and Health
Center Director: Koenig, Jane Q.
Title: Health Effects Research Core
Investigators: Kaufman, Joel D. , Gill, Edward , Koenig, Jane Q. , Sullivan, Jeff , Trenga, Carol
Institution: University of Washington
EPA Project Officer: Chung, Serena
Project Period: June 1, 1999 through May 31, 2004
Project Period Covered by this Report: June 1, 2001 through May 31, 2002
RFA: Airborne Particulate Matter (PM) Centers (1999) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Air Quality and Air Toxics , Particulate Matter , Air


To provide epidemiological and medical consultation for all Center activities and investigators. A further goal is to acquire and maintain appropriate health testing equipment for evaluating respiratory and cardiovascular health outcomes.

Progress Summary:

The Health Core continues to support other research projects in the Center. During Year 4, we took a principal role in the design and execution of a study of the effects of agricultural burning in young asthmatics in Eastern Washington. The Health Core also supported development of testable hypotheses and protocols for studies in the new controlled exposure facility.

Future Activities:

During Year 4 of the project, the Health Core took the lead on analysis of heart rate variability (HRV) and systemic markers of inflammation and thrombosis in serum. The core has acquired new equipment for assessment of exhaled nitric oxide in human subjects for ongoing studies. During the upcoming year we will finalize and submit manuscripts from the panel study related to Heart Rate Variability, systemic markers of inflammation and thrombosis in serum, and pediatric lung function. We will complete analysis of the results of the agricultural burning health effects study. We will continue to support development of protocols in the new controlled exposure facility.

Supplemental Keywords:

air pollution, particulates, particulate matter, PM, PM2.5, PM10, health effects, heart rate variability, HRV, systemic markers of inflammation, systemic markers of thrombosis in serum, Health Core., RFA, Health, Scientific Discipline, Air, Geographic Area, particulate matter, Toxicology, air toxics, Environmental Chemistry, Health Risk Assessment, Epidemiology, State, Air Pollution Effects, Northwest, Risk Assessments, Susceptibility/Sensitive Population/Genetic Susceptibility, Biochemistry, Atmospheric Sciences, biostatistics, health effects, ambient aerosol, asthma, particulates, sensitive populations, ambient air quality, air pollutants, morbidity, cardiopulmonary responses, human health effects, exposure and effects, health risks, acute cardiovascular effects, hazardous air pollutants, exposure, epidemelogy, air pollution, particle exposure, Human Health Risk Assessment, atmospheric aerosols, ambient particle health effects, mortality studies, cardiopulmonary response, inhalation, human exposure, human susceptibility, mortality, California (CA), air quality, particle transport, cardiovascular disease, human health risk, aerosols, atmospheric chemistry, exposure assessment, environmental hazard exposures

Relevant Websites:

http://depts.washington.edu/pmcenter/ Exit

Progress and Final Reports:

Original Abstract
  • 1999
  • 2000
  • 2001
  • Final

  • Main Center Abstract and Reports:

    R827355    Airborne PM - Northwest Research Center for Particulate Air Pollution and Health

    Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    R827355C001 Epidemiologic Study of Particulate Matter and Cardiopulmonary Mortality
    R827355C002 Health Effects
    R827355C003 Personal PM Exposure Assessment
    R827355C004 Characterization of Fine Particulate Matter
    R827355C005 Mechanisms of Toxicity of Particulate Matter Using Transgenic Mouse Strains
    R827355C006 Toxicology Project -- Controlled Exposure Facility
    R827355C007 Health Effects Research Core
    R827355C008 Exposure Core
    R827355C009 Statistics and Data Core
    R827355C010 Biomarker Core
    R827355C011 Oxidation Stress Makers