Principal Advisor: Professor Peter Sly

Contact person: Dr Dwan Vilcins

Email: d.vilcins@uq.edu.au

Research group: Children's Health and Environment Program

Organisational unit: Child Health Research Centre

Exposure to environmental factors in early life has been associated with poorer respiratory health for children. Both indoor and ambient air pollutants can negatively affect respiratory health, and there is increasing evidence that environmental chemicals may also have deleterious effects on child health. This project aims to use existing data to explore the association of indoor and ambient air pollutants at home with children’s lung function in longitudinal cohort studies of Australian children, and to examine the role of modifying/mediating factors. Both modelled air pollution and stationary monitor data will be used to allocate exposure to ambient air pollutants. Air quality and environmental chemicals present in the home environment, as assessed in surveys, will be examined for association with lung function, wheeze and allergic disease. The role of oxidative stress and free radicals will be examined. This project would suit a student with skills in statistics, epidemiology, public health or geography. Experience working with environmental datasets, R or GIS, and an understanding of mediation analyses is essential.