We plan to develop innovative tools to measure and characterize MNPs and potential contaminants in food, water and air.
We are committed to understanding the effect of MNPs combined with potentially harmful environmental contaminants adhering to their surfaces and finding their way into the human body.
We aim to examine a possible link between MNPs and their role in food allergy and allergic asthma.
We plan to identify and characterise MNPs in a variety of foods, plants and in coastal air samples.
We aim to develop and optimise analytical tools for MNP detection and characterisation beyond the current state-of-the-art. Open-source software based on machine learning will help speed that process up.
We intend to generate new knowledge on MNPs as carriers of common pathogens, heavy metals, and allergens.
We will carry out studies on the impact of model MNPs and MNPs plus contaminants in vitro and in vivo.
We will conduct clinical studies with children living in cities and by the seaside to determine links between MNP exposure and food allergy.
Imptox will lead a special issue on “Microplastics and Nanoplastics in Food, Water and Environmental Safety” of the International Journal of Food Contamination. The lead guest editor for this thematic issue will be Imptox Coordinator, Tanja Cirkovic-Velickovic from the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Belgrade.
There is still much we do not know about the impact of microplastics on the environment, human and animal health. This is often due to a lack of reliable data generated through reliable analytical methods.
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Imptox is one of the five research projects that, with the strong support of the European Union, brought to life The European Research Cluster to Understand the Health Impacts of Micro- and Nanoplastics, CUSP