Lectures and seminars Is biodiesel exhaust really less harmful than petroleum diesel? - Experiences from experimental exposure studies
Thomas Sandström, Professor at Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Units: Section of Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Umeå university and Norrlands University hospital
Thomas Sandström is professor in Respiratory Medicine and has been working with air pollution and health effects for three decades. The studies have covered gaseous pollutants as well as particulate pollution such as diesel exhaust, biodiesel, wood and other biomass smoke. The studies have included cell and animal research, but also experimental exposure chamber studies in human subjects. Bronchoscopy with biopsy and lavage, blood sampling as well as non-invasive and invasive cardiovascular measurements have considerably increased the understanding of mechanisms and time-course of the cellular events behind adverse health effects. Asthmatic, COPD and heart patients have been investigated. More recently neurological and brain effects of air pollutants have been investigated.
Prof Sandström has been coordinator of EU projects and served as expert in international committees in the field of air pollution. He is the author of over 200 original publications and receiver of several research prizes.