TAPHIA project: The first annual meeting held

04.06.2018

The project is a joint partnership between MAHIDOL University and other Thai partners in collaboration with the Institute of Occupational Medicine and Heriot-Watt University in the UK

The UK team from the IOM and Heriot-Watt University welcomed Assoc. Prof. Kraichat Tantrakarnapa, Dr Kanchana Nakhapakorn, Dr Narut Sahanavin and Nopadol Precha from Bangkok.

John Cherrie opened the first day of meetings with a talk about the health outcomes associated with air pollutants, both those that are widely accepted by the scientific community and other more emergent associations.

The midday discussions focused on project development and team training for the critical use of the 'health impact assessment' for air pollution.

Susanne Steinle closed first-day proceedings by discussing plans for the air pollution measurements.

The second day of meetings kicked off with Kraichat Tantrakarnapa presenting data from the recent “haze” episodes in Bangkok. Followed by Will Mueller discussing the national air quality data from the Thailand Pollution Control Department. Kanchana Nakhapakorn showed results from an initial GIS analysis looking at air pollution across Thailand.

As well as team discussions the final day of meetings focused on forwarding planning and the necessary project milestones. The second annual meeting will take place in Thailand in 2019.

The UK Medical Research Council and the Thai Research Fund has provided a grant to fund for the project.

For more information about the project you can access the following social media platforms:

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About the Author
Dr Susanne Steinle Research Scientist

Susanne is a Research Scientist. She is currently involved in a variety of projects regarding air pollution and environmental and occupational exposures. Recently Susanne has worked with volunteers at the exposome in family homes (HEALS) and assessing the feasibility of personal air quality sensors and apps (CitieSense). This work also included aspects of participatory science, self-administered data collection and the feeding back of results. Further studies Susanne is involved in include efficiency testing of respiratory protective equipment (diesel emissions (APIC-ESTEE) and volcanic ash (HIVE)) in a laboratory environment. These projects include the testing of the actual material as well as a volunteer study. Susanne is also involved in occupational exposure work having visited paint companies and boat yards for exposure measurements (chemicals and nanomaterials) and has accomplished the BOHS course W501 Measurements of Hazardous Substances.

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 Qualifications:

  • MSc in Geography, Meteorology/Climatology and Geology, University of Freiburg, Germany,
  • PhD in Geography, University of Exeter & NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Society Membership:

  • International Society of Exposure Science 

Research interests:

  • air quality, including its effects on human health and ecosystems
  • human exposure to environmental contaminants
  • efficiency testing of respiratory protective devices in air quality crises
  • industrial and occupational exposure
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