Helen Wood

Helen Wood

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Research interests

I joined the Lung Biology group within the Environmental Research Group in June 2009.  I co-ordinate the London Low Emission Zone Study, a four-year study designed to assess the  impact of the London Low Emission Zone (LEZ) on the respiratory health of school children in East London.

The LEZ was introduced in February 2008 with the aim of improving air quality in the city by  deterring the most polluting vehicles from driving in the area. The study involves conducting health  assessments in 8-9 year-old children at  selected schools in Tower Hamlets and Hackney; we have assessed over 800 children to date.

The health assessment includes measurements of respiratory health, biomarkers of exposure to traffic-related air pollution,  genetic susceptibility to the effects of air pollution, and systemic response to air pollution.

The health data will be linked with modelled air quality data, provided by ERG's modelling team,  to provide a comprehensive picture of the affect of traffic-related air  pollution on children’s health, and the impact of the LEZ on this.

Biographical details

My background is in human respiratory physiology, particularly the control of breathing and  the ventilatory response to exercise. In my previous post, at the Institute for Exercise and  Environmental Medicine in Dallas, Texas,  I studied how breathing is controlled during exercise in healthy and obese adult volunteers.

Having moved into the area of air pollution research, I hope in the future to be able to  combine this with my interest in exercise physiology.

Research interests (short)

Respiratory health, biomarkers of exposure to traffic-related air pollution,  genetic susceptibility to the effects of air pollution, and systemic response to air pollution

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Factors affecting the control of ventilation during exercise in humans, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jan 2002

Bachelor of Arts, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jan 1998

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