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 collaborates 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.

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Imptox scientist explores MNPs in food safety at IAFP Annual Meeting in California

Prof. Andreja Rajkovic of Ghent University delves into the complex interactions between microplastics, nanoplastics, and food safety.


Imptox at FEBS 2024: Presenting Pioneering Research on Microplastics

Imptox Coordinator, Prof. Tanja Cirkovic Velickovic from the University of Belgrade takes center stage at the FEBS Congress in Milan, highlighting the critical interplay between microplastics and proteins.


Agenda released for Imptox workshop on microplastics at FoodMicro 2024 in Burgos

Discover the latest insights on microplastics and microbiome interactions at our workshop on July 8th.


Ghent University scientists unveil damaging effect of repeated exposure to nanoplastics on human cell health

Published in Environmental Science & Technology on May 30, 2024, the study demonstrates for the first time that repeated low-level exposure to nanoplastics made from polystyrene causes significant damage to mitochondria, the cell’s energy centers, and suppresses cell differentiation under prolonged exposure.

The Imptox Team

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