FORT COLLINS, Colo., March 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Access Sensor Technologies received a multi-year grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to validate a new tool for understanding how air pollution affects the human health. Air pollution is a leading cause of disease in the United States and around the world. Access Sensor Technologies, in collaboration with Colorado State University, has developed a portable air pollution monitor (UPASv2+) to enable individuals, communities and researchers to understand what is in the air they breathe. The instrument includes sensors that help understand where and when exposure to toxic pollutants is occurring, in addition to the origin of the pollution (i.e. source).
“Our health is directly impacted by our environment. We know that exposure to pollution can trigger a host of short- and long-term health issues. This technology is designed to help both communities and individuals to risk (e.g. asthmatics) to understand the timing, location and magnitude of risk. We can’t control what we don’t measure.” -Tom Reilly, CEO
As part of the project, the company is partnering with Sheryl Magzamen, an associate professor in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences. Dr. Magzamen studies exposure to environmental pollution and respiratory health. The Magzamen Group’s previous research has focused on indoor air pollution, ambient air pollution, and pesticide exposures.
“Our research team is committed to investigating exposures that impact environmental justice communities and providing actionable data for decision-making and policy aimed at protecting the health of community members. New low-cost technologies for measuring exposure to ambient air pollution and other environmental hazards can help our work achieve greater impact.We hope that UPASv2+ validation and field campaigns will support scale and reach research to facilitate positive change – Dr. Magzamen
Through the Magzamen Research Group, initial deployments with UPAS v2+ will be coordinated with the Central California Environmental Justice Network (CCEJN) to monitor exposures to harmful pollutants, including pesticides.
To learn more about UPAS v2+, visit https://www.accsensors.com/best-air-quality-monitor
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About Access Sensor Technologies: Access Sensor Technologies is at the intersection of environment and health. The company develops tools that shed light on exposures to environmental pollutants. Its products have been used by researchers around the world in peer-reviewed journals and in The New York Times.
Picture 1: UPAS v2+
The portable UPAS v2+ provides in-depth information on pollutant exposure.
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