CUSP scientists from Imptox discuss lung models with counterparts from UBC microplastics cluster

CUSP scientists from Imptox and the University of British Columbia (UBC) met on February 8, 2022, to lead a discussion on lung models in mice

CUSP researchers from Imptox Michelle Epstein, Sahar Kazemi (Medical University of Vienna), and Lea Ann Daily (University of Vienna) hosted a meeting with Sepideh Pakpour from the UBC cluster on microplastics to discuss their experimental data and designs for ongoing and future experiments.

Inhalation is one of the main exposure routes for nanoplastics. At this stage, there is not enough scientific evidence to understand where inhaled nanoplastics wind up in our bodies or what effects they cause in the respiratory tract, particularly in the lungs. The meeting was a great occasion to discuss this topic in more detail, focusing on lung models in mice.

The scientists addressed essential issues surrounding experimental design and protocols and welcomed questions and comments from other members of the CUSP cluster who attended. “It was a great meeting, and we will follow it up with smaller meetings to discuss experimental design in more detail with the UBC team and CUSP teams,” said Epstein.

For more information, find out about the research foci of our scientists from the Medical University of Vienna and the University of Vienna, as well as visit the site of the UBC microplastics cluster.

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