Innovation in research on micro- and nanoplastics and their effects on human health

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June 11th, 2021
CUSP - The European Research Cluster to Understand the Health ImpactS of Micro- and NanoPlastics
FROM EARLY LIFE TO ADULTHOOD: WHAT’S THE IMPACT OF MICRO- AND NANOPLASTICS IN THE HUMAN BODY?

We are a multidisciplinary team with expertise in a wide range of fields including food sciences & technology, allergy, immunology, biomedicine, biology, chemistry, bioinformatics, machine learning, paediatrics and others, cooperating across Europe to investigate the relationship among micro- and nanoplastics (MNPs) and allergic diseases.

The Project

Untangling the multifaceted relationship of exposure routes, risks and health impacts of MNPs.

Improving MNP detection

We plan to develop innovative tools to measure and characterize MNPs and potential contaminants in food, water and air.

Investigating MNPs combined with pollutants

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.

The relationship with allergic diseases

We aim to examine a possible link between MNPs and their role in food allergy and allergic asthma.

The Workplan

1 MNPs in food and air

We plan to identify and characterise MNPs in a variety of foods, plants and in coastal air samples.

2 New tools

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.

3 MNPs and contaminants

We intend to generate new knowledge on MNPs as carriers of common pathogens, heavy metals, and allergens.

4 In vitro and in vivo testing

We will carry out studies on the impact of model MNPs and MNPs plus contaminants in vitro and in vivo.

5 Clinical studies

We will conduct clinical studies with children living in cities and by the seaside to determine links between MNP exposure and food allergy.

Synergies in Action

Imptox is one of five projects in the EU Horizon 2020 programme that will work together with the European Commission's Joint Research Center to form The European Research Cluster to Understand the Health Impacts of Micro- and Nanoplastics, CUSP. It is the cluster’s overall goal to contribute with new scientific knowledge and know-how to the European Strategy for Plastics.

Outreach & Guidance

Imptox partners plan to work closely with Non-Governmental Organizations, stakeholders from industry, business, scientists and policymakers. We plan to deliver data and its ramifications to help decision makers, risk assessors and regulators safeguard our air, water and food supply.

Highlights

30/07/2021
PROJECT COMMUNICATION

CALL FOR PAPERS

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.

11/06/2021
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IMPTOX IS PART OF THE CUSP CLUSTER

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

10/04/2021
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IMPTOX OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED TODAY!

April 10, 2021. The Imptox Consortium met today on the platform Zoom to give way to the official start of their four-year-long research effort on the effects of micro- and nanoplastics on human health.

The Imptox Team

Imptox is a multidisciplinary consortium of 12 partners from 8 European countries.

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How to contact us

by email
secretariat@imptox.eu