The group is developing new methods for accurate exposure assessment of environmental stressors for cohort research in a continuous effort to improve health effect associations and outcomes. Latest advances in technology are being evaluated for feasibility, acceptability, cost and quality of data collected for large-scale studies. These are being tested during the development and delivery of the Life UK birth cohort pilot “Acceptability and usability of novel technologies to assess environmental exposure during pregnancy” and during the on-going SCAMP study led by Imperial College London. Metrics under scrutiny include indoor/outdoor airborne pollutants, dust contaminants, biological organisms, noise and the participant’s mobility and physical activity using sensor technology and smart phone applications.
We work closely with ERG’s monitoring and modelling teams to provide an exposure assessment bridge between static ambient monitoring and dynamic exposure modelling.