Indoor pollution and respiratory health

Starting date
April 1, 2001
Duration (months)
Diagnostics and Public Health
Managers or local contacts
De Marco Roberto
indoor pollution, house dust mite, NO2, allergies, asthma

BACKGROUND: Two important indoor pollutants are house dust mite, whose concentration is particularly high within the mattress, and NO2, which either originates from outdoor pollution or is produced by cooking devices.
AIMS: To evaluate whether allergies and respiratory symptoms in young adults are affected by the indoor levels of house dust mites and NO2.
STUDY DESIGN: In about 25 European centres, home visits were performed in dwellings of people who had undergone lung function tests and skin prick tests. During the visit, dust samples were taken from the mattress to measure the concentration of dust mite and NO2 samplers are open inside and outside the kitchen window to measure NO2 concentration.


Commissione Europea
Funds: assigned and managed by the department

Project participants

Lucia Cazzoletti
Associate Professor
Roberto De Marco
Morena Nicolis
Technical-administrative staff
Cristian Pattaro
Albino Poli
Giuseppe Verlato
Full Professor


Research facilities