Longitudinal assessment of acute pulmonary, cardiolovascular and hematologic effects of fine and ultrafine particles under real world conditions (CorPuScula)

Study objective:

The aim of CorPuScula was to investigate acute health effects of fine and ultrafine particles in children and elderly adults living in Munich. The study was conducted by a team of researchers from the LMU Munich, funded by the Bavarian State. The group in Düsseldorf received the collected data to conduct further multi-pollutant analyses with a specific focus on independent effects of ultrafine particles.

Specific objectives

  • To conduct a panel study in elementary school children and seniors living in a residential home
  • To estimate acute health effects on pulmonary, cardiovascular and hematologic outcomes from short-term exposure to fine and ultrafine particles
  • To investigate the independence of ultrafine particle effects from larger particles and ambient NO2 concentrations

Study design:

Panel study

Study population:

52 adults and 50 elementary school children in Munich

Study period:

2000 – 2002

Project Team Heinrich-Heine-University of Düsseldorf

  • Pascale Haddad
  • Sarah Lucht
  • Lina Glaubitz
  • Katherine Orgurtsova


  • CorPuScula-Team at LMU Munich
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