Health assessment across biological length scales for personal pollution exposure and its mitigation

INHALE project diagram

INHALE will assess the impact of air pollution on personal health in urban environments.

This multidisciplinary research project will develop a physics based, multi-scale approach across biological length scales from the cell, lung, person up to the neighbourhood scale.

INHALE logo lung tree

The research involves integrated modelling of air pollution and air-flow. It will look at the effect of interventions such as roadside hedges or medication for at-risk people such as asthmatics. INHALE will examine pollutants’ potential for cell and tissue damage, and how this relates to health outcomes.

By modelling air pollution at neighbourhood scale and representing interventions to assess reduced exposure, we will gain an understanding of how green infrastructure can mitigate pollution"

Professor Christopher Pain

Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London

We will use modelling to predict the outcomes of cell fate, so that we can back propagate biological potential of pollution particles through to the individual and into the neighbourhood scale"

Fan Chung

Professor of Respiratory Medicine, National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College London




INHALE - to assess the impact of pollution on personal health in urban environments.

Research Participants

If you are interested in getting involved in this research, see: INHALE - Clinical Trial Recruitment Poster.




INHALE Project Manager, Claire Dilliway
Department of Earth Sciences and Engineering
Imperial College London 
South Kensington, London SW7 2BP