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Environmental and Occupational Health Aspects Related to Nano- and Ultrafine Particulate Matter


The National Institute of Occupational Health in Norway, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the North-West Russian Public Health Research Centre in collaboration with the Chemical Environmental Section of the Norwegian Chemical Society invite scientists and users of science to the first EOHNANO conference. The conference will give opportunity to share and discuss recent experiences and to be scientifically updated through a number of lectures and posters given by international leading specialists in typical Norwegian informal surroundings.

Objectives and Main Topics

Does particle size really matter? Or should other properties be considered when evaluating the environmental and health aspects related to particulate matter? Is it relevant to consider only the size below 100 nm? Is there e.g. a fundamental difference between two amorphous silica nanoparticles if one of those was engineered and the other was unintentionally formed?

The main aim of this conference is to provide a forum to encourage the exchange of ideas and knowledge about how ultrafine and nano-sized particulate matter may affect human health and the environment. Ultrafine particulate matter has been the focus of extensive research for many years and considerably evidence from experimental and epidemiological studies has led to scientific consensus on the associations between airborne exposure and increased incidence of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Occupational exposure to fine particulate matter is at a much higher level compared to ambient air exposures. However, limited evidence of the same association has emerged from occupational settings. Furthermore, it is not yet clear which causative agents present in e.g. PM10, PM2.5 and PM1 fractions and underlying their mechanisms are responsible for the adverse health effects. It is likely that the source of the ultrafine particulate matter is a factor, which influences characteristics and composition of particles and thus plays a role in determining the health effects.

The Organising Committee welcomes presentations focusing on:

Target Audience

The symposium will provide an opportunity for interchange of ideas among researchers and practitioners in environmental and occupational health, toxicologists, specialists in exposure assessment, measurement strategy, human risk assessment and particle characterization as well as policy makers in environmental and occupational health.

Organizing Committee

Conference Chairman

Balazs Berlinger

National Institute of Occupational Health, Oslo, Norway

Honorary Chairman

Yngvar Thomassen

National Institute of Occupational Health, Oslo, Norway

Members of the Organizing Committee

Valery P. Chashchin

North-West Public Health Research Center, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Sergei A. Gorbanev

North-West Public Health Research Center, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Karl-Christian Nordby

National Institute of Occupational Health, Oslo, Norway

Per Everhard Schwarze

Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway

HÃ¥kan Wallin

National Institute of Occupational Health, Oslo, Norway

Shan Zienolddiny

National Institute of Occupational Health, Oslo, Norway




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