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

23/09/2022
PROJECT PUBLICATION

Can microplastics in the food chain threaten microbial food safety?  

Imptox scientist, Prof. Andreja Rajkovic and his team from Ghent University published their findings in “Trends in Food Science and Technology”, presenting research on foodborne pathogens in the plastisphere.

12/09/2022
EU NEWS

Commission launches Consultation on the new EU Strategy on Global Health!

The European Commission opened a public consultation to let the public have their say on the new EU strategy on global health.

05/08/2022
PROJECT NEWS

IMPTOX BROCHURE AND POSTER ARE OUT! DOWNLOAD HERE!

Find out more about the problem of micro- & nanoplastics pollution and the details of our research organization in a concise and well-structured format!

04/08/2022
IMPTOX PEOPLE

IMPTOX PEOPLE: We talk to Michelle Epstein from the Medical University of Vienna

What drives and inspires our scientists and how they would like to see the world ten years from now!

The Imptox Team

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