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

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.

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.

CUSP Research Cluster

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

04/07/2022

Marine Pollution Bulletin publishes research by Imptox scientists, assessing microplastics in Manila clams from South Korea

Available online since June 25, 2022, various Imptox scientists from Europe and South Korea collaborated to understand the accumulation of microplastics in Manila clams.

07/06/2022
CUSP NEWS

CUSP releases its second newsletter!

Recap on all that’s happened during the last six months and find out about upcoming events and exciting initiatives!

16/05/2022
IN THE NEWS

Imptox Featured in Serbian Media

Serbian media talk to Imptox researcher Dr. Jelena Mutic from the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Belgrade.

09/05/2022
EVENT

Imptox scientist presents at Plastics Europe Scientific Workshop in Brussels

Prof. Andreja Rajkovic from Ghent University will present initial findings from Imptox.

The Imptox Team

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