Health Effects of Ozone in Asthma

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Dr. Peden directs the UNC Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology.  He also is chief of Division of Allergy, Immunology, Rheumatology and Infectious Disease and associate chair for research in the Department of Pediatrics. He is program director of the Allergy and Immunology Training Program at UNC Hospitals and deputy director for Child Health Research at the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute, (CTSA) at UNC.

Dr. Peden is principal investigator for an ongoing study, “Human Health Effects of Environmental Pollutants.”   This study is a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “to better understand the effect of a number of air pollutants on human health.  This includes studies with volunteers exposed to a number of low-level pollutants to see how these impact health. We also test the effect of certain medications on response to pollutants and examine if people with asthma or certain genetic factors have increased risk for pollutant-induced disease.”