Chairs: Ivan Rusyn, Texas A&M University, and Evangelia Samoli, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Blurb: Disruption of the immune system is associated with a range of adverse health outcomes. These may include hypersensitivity, cancer, auto-immune disorders, and increased infection vulnerability and severity. Toxicological and clinical studies suggest air pollution exposure can adversely affect numerous innate and adaptive immune system pathways. Therefore, understanding how air pollution affects immune function is critical to not only understanding the biological mechanism underlying many diseases, but also potential prevention and treatment strategies. This session will highlight research examining immune system responses to ambient and indoor air pollution levels including high exposures from specific sources, such as wildfire smoke or household characteristics and activities.