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From air pollution to brain pollution – novel biomarkers to unravel the link of air pollution and Alzheimer’s disease


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Total Funding
€ 1 400 000
Funding Programme
European Countries Involved
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a devastating disorder without a cure. Recent research demonstrates a link between AD and exposure to high levels of air pollution, yet detailed understanding of the connection does not exist. Air pollution, a massive public health issue known to pose a major threat to humans, is an increasing global concern. Researchers involved in the highly innovative ADAIR project will use the most advanced research methods, models and cohort studies to unravel the link between air pollution exposure, brain health and AD. The ultimate goal of the project is to develop strategies for early identification of people at risk of developing AD, and to discover new approaches for disease prevention. ADAIR is a multi-national collaboration between neuroscientists, environmental scientists, clinicians, epidemiologists, informaticians, and non-profit organisations. Results from the project will be actively and regularly communicated to the scientific community, the public, the media, patient organizations and key governing bodies in Europe via scientific and non-scientific publications through traditional and digital media outlets, and via discussions with stakeholder groups.
Project partners
University of Eastern Finland
University of Umeå
University of Verona
The Czech Academy of Science
Erasmus University Medical Center
BioTalentum Ltd (BIOT)
Alzheimer Europe's database on research projects was developed as part of the 2020 Work Plan which received funding under an operating grant from the European Union’s Health Programme (2014–2020).