PhD defence B.M. (Bertha) Estrella Cahueñas
- Prof.dr. P. Katsikis
- Dr.ir R.G. Voortman
On Friday 24 January 2020, B.M. Estrella Cahueñas will defend her PhD dissertation, entitled: ‘Effects of Air Pollution on the Respiratory Health and the Respiratory Immune System. Studies in Ecuadorian Children’.
Air pollution is an acute, cumulative, and chronic threat to human health and it is a growing problem in developing countries. Respiratory infections and allergic diseases associated with environmental contamination are more frequent in children and are more serious in children with malnutrition. This thesis presents studies that show, a) the relationship of air pollution due to vehicular and volcanic emissions with respiratory diseases in children, b) the interaction of nutritional anemia and environmental pollution in respiratory diseases, c) the alterations that different air pollutants can produce in a new group of cells of the innate immune system, and d) the beneficial effect of a vehicle emission control policy on the incidence of respiratory infections in children.
The public defence will take place at the Senatehall, 1st floor of the Erasmus Building, Campus Woudestein. The ceremony will begin exactly at 11.30 hrs. In light of the solemn nature of the ceremony, we recommend that you do not take children under the age of 6 to the first part of the ceremony.