There is clear evidence that at least 3.6 million premature deaths are caused yearly in the world by indoor air pollution and a further 3.5 millions by outdoor pollution. In Europe the yearly toll of air pollution is 450.000 premature deaths and in Italy this number amounts to 85.000, particularly but not exclusively in the Lombardy and Po river plain.  According to the European Ambient Agency the broad costs of these deleterious effects of air pollution are in the range of 330-940 billion Euros. It has been known for many years that the principal organs affected by air pollution are the lung, the heart and vessels, leading to a dramatic increase of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.  More recent data show that the health burden of air pollution is much greater and wider. Cancers increase and weak categories of people (the infant, the pregnant woman, the oldest old) are particularly affected, leading to a delayed physical and mental development in infants, cognitive impairment and to an array of neurodegenerative diseases. With this background, the goal of this Seminar is to bring uptodate knowledge on the effects of air pollution, with particular emphasis not only on the ailments traditionally known to be associated with it, but also on those which became more documented and evident in the last few years.  During the Seminar there will be also reports on the actions undertaken to fight and control air pollution, with special emphasis on critical areas such as China, Eastern Europe and Lombardy. The strategies of the World Health Organization will be outlined and the voice of the lay members of the affected communities listened

Milan, January 27, 2017

8.30-9.00          Greetings and introduction


Global impact of air pollution

 Chairs: Pier Mannuccio Mannucci; Michal Krzyzanowski

9.00-9.30          The global burden of disease due to air pollution and its major sources

                         (Aaron Cohen)

9.30-10.00        Towards a revision of the WHO Air Quality Guidelines (Dorota Iwona Jarosinska)


Air pollution, health and disease

Chairs: Francesco Forastiere; Jordi Sunyer

10.00-10.30   Respiratory disease (Isabelle Annesi-Maesano)

10.30-11.00   Cardiovascular disease (Annette Peters)


11.00-11.30 INTERVAL


11.30-12.00   How fine particles can influence diabetes: much ado about nothing? (Barbara Hoffmann)

12.00-12.30   Childhood neurodevelopment (Jordi Sunyer)

12.30-13.00   Air pollution and neurological diseases (Anna Oudin)


13.00-14.30 INTERVAL

Chairs: Francesco Forastiere; Barbara Hoffmann

14.30-15.00       Reproductive health  (Marie Pedersen)

15.00-15.30       Effects of air pollution on fragile and vulnerable people (Matteo Bonzini)                                 

15.30-16.00       Health impacts of industrial contamination (Francesco Forastiere)


16.00-16.30       INTERVAL

Research on air pollution in Italy

Chairs: Sergio Harari; Isabella Annesi - Maesano

16.30-16.50       Air pollution in Italy: PM10 and PM2.5 prediction of daily data at 1 km grid

                        using satellite data (Massimo Stafoggia)

16.50-17.10       Long-term effects of air pollution in the Rome Longitudinal Study: diabetes

                         and neurological diseases (Giulia Cesaroni)

17.10-17.30       Health impact assessment of PM2.5 and NO2 in Italy: the VIIAS national

                         study (Carla Ancona)

17.30-17.50       Drug consumption: a new indicator of air pollution (Sara Conti)

17.50-18.10       Health effects of source realted components of PM2.5 in Emilia Romagna: the Supersite project

                         (Andrea Ranzi)



Milan, January 28, 2017

Coping with air pollution

Chairs: Pier Alberto Bertazzi; Aaron Cohen

9.00-9.30          The situation in Lombardy (Pier Alberto Bertazzi)

9.30-10.00        Ambient air pollution in China: health impact and interventions  (Haidong Kan)

10.00-10.30      Health effects of air pollution in Poland (Krysztof Skotak)


10.30-11.00       INTERVAL



The role of the community

Chairs: Sergio Harari; Pier Mannuccio Mannucci

11.00-11.30       The economic consequences of air pollution (Edoardo Croci)

11.30-12.00       The interactions between scientists and the community: how to make them

                        more impactful for less air pollution (Anna Gerometta)

12.00-12.30       Is more health research needed to cope with air pollution? (Michael Krzyzanowski)

12.30-13.00       General Discussion and Conclusions


Congress Venue:

  • Aula Magna Università degli Studi di Milano
  • Via Festa del Perdono , 7
  • 20122 Milano