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Theme 4: Project 2 - Neurocognitive and behavioural impacts of traffic derived pollutants in children

Aims: To test the hypothesis that exposure to traffic derived pollutants, especially those from diesel vehicles, is associated with impaired neurocognitive and behavioural development, employing secondary-school aged children living within the Greater London area.  This will make use of the cohort established in Project 3, Theme 2 examining the impact of exposure to radio-frequency (RF) fields from mobile phones.

We will augment this by examining the association between neurocognitive and behavioural functioning, assessed by web-based standardized neuropsychological tests and validated questionnaire scales, with long term (annual and 3-year cumulative) exposures to a panel of pollutants (NO2, NOx, PM10 and PM2.5), modelled at the residential address level.

In addition, we will examine the association with these behavioural endpoints with traffic indicators, including distance to the nearest busy road, traffic density and composition within pre-set buffer zones.

Lead researchers

Dr Ian Mudway


King's College London

Dr Mireille Toledano

Theme 3 Deputy Leader

Imperial College London