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

01/02/2023
EU NEWS

Help shape the future of EU R&I framework programmes in the largest public consultation ever

The European Commission is giving you the chance to have your say in the future of Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe R&I framework programmes. Participate in the public consultation and shape their future.

16/01/2023
COLLABORATIONS

Green Labs Austria: Creating a sustainable lab culture from the bottom up

Imptox partners talk to Green Labs Austria co-founder Philipp Weber to learn more about their initiative and how they envision the circular lab of the future.

13/01/2023
CUSP NEWS

CUSP public workshop series on Human Risk Assessment of MNPs

Three online thematic workshops to take place in the spring of 2023; first will be on Tuesday, February 7th and focus on regulatory insights and knowledge gaps.

02/12/2022
IN THE NEWS

“Bacteria surfs on plastics into our food” writes De Standaard

The Belgian daily talks to Imptox scientist Prof. Andreja Rajkovic and raises awareness about micro- and nanoplastics and their contaminants in our food.

The Imptox Team

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