Technologies for Generating Precise Measures of Environmental Exposures
NIEHS is interested in developing and validating new products/devices, tools, assays to improve our ability to precisely measure environmental exposures to individuals with high temporal and spatial resolution. Ideally, the technologies, tools and assays will be of appropriate scale to be field deployable and/or wearable. These airborne/point of contact devices should be capable of measuring simultaneously and in near real time, multiple agents within a single exposure class (e.g. multiple types of metals, multiple size fractions of particulate matter, multiple components of diesel exhaust) and/or multiple agents across more than one exposure class.
Exposures of interest include ozone, particulate matter, diesel exhaust, metals (e.g. arsenic, cadmium, or mercury), volatile organic compounds, polybrominated diphenyls (PBDEs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), mold/microbial toxins, allergens and pesticides/herbicides.
- Novel technologies and assays to generate precise, quantitative measures of human exposure at the point of contact (e.g., skin, breath, nasal mucosa).
- Remote sensing technologies for detecting, quantifying, and monitoring household exposures to toxicants and/or bioaerosols.
- Technologies that can integrate multiple types of exposure, including chemical toxicants together with dietary factors or physical activity, or exposure to toxins produced by pathogenic organisms.
The NIEHS contact person is:
Daniel Shaughnessy, Ph.D. (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/supported/dert/sphb/staff/shaughnessy/index.cfm)
Health Scientist Administrator
Tel (919) 541-2506
Fax (919) 316-4606