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.

Discover by playing

Microplastic Madness: Catching PlastikPunk is an educational videogame for kids and adults alike. Through a captivating journey of question-solving and coding challenges, players can test their knowledge about microplastics, discover the research carried out in Imptox and help the iconic character NanoNinja to catch PlastikPunk and free the world from plastic trash. Don’t hesitate and sign up for this exhilarating advenuture!

Highlights

15/09/2023
OPINION

You mean microplastics are real?

Exploring kids’ reactions to the Imptox videogame.

11/09/2023
PROJECT NEWS

Full Imptox workshop recording now available

Missed the second Imptox workshop in March? No worries! The full event recording is now available on YouTube.

08/09/2023
EVENT

Imptox present at the upcoming Danube Academies Conference

Project Coordinator Prof. Tanja Cirkovic-Velickovic from the University of Belgrade will present research on microplastics contaminated seafood.

08/09/2023
EVENT

FOOD ALLERGIES IN FOCUS: Imptox researchers join the dialogue at upcoming Amsterdam forum

Imptox scientists from the University of Belgrade and the Medical University of Vienna among advisory board members and presenters at this year’s Food Allergy Forum in The Netherlands.

The Imptox Team

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