This study will see if using an air cleaner in the home is related to changes in breathing or blood flow.
How can you help?
If you are a healthy, non-smoking adult, between the ages of 55 and 80, you may be eligible to participate – see the Study Details tab to learn more. If you are interested in volunteering, please click the Contact Form tab above or contact us directly by email or phone (848-445-6049).
Title of Study: Climate Change, Indoor Ozone and Vascular Function
Principal Investigator: Howard Kipen, MD, MPH
Purpose: To study the effects of room air cleaners on concentrations of indoor air pollutants and health effects.
Who Participates: 20 healthy, non-smoking adults, ages 55 to 80, in our nearby communities who have an air conditioner in their living room and/or their bedroom.
Study Procedures: Participants will be screened for eligibility over the phone. If eligible, investigators will make an appointment to come to the home to review the consent form and record the number and size of the rooms and windows. The study will then be scheduled. The study will take place over a 5-day period. On the first day, investigators will install air monitoring equipment in the home and a portable air cleaner in the living room and bedroom. The equipment will operate continuously during the study. Investigators will come to the home each morning and, if necessary, in the afternoon to check on the air sampling equipment. On the first, third, and fifth day investigators will collect samples of exhaled breath, measure exhaled breath and measure blood flow. Blood flow is measured by placing electronic sensors on the fingers. Participants are also asked to record their time in the home, use of air conditioners and windows during the study.
Compensation: $160 for completing all parts of the study.
Or for more information you may contact Dr. Kathleen Black:
Email: ResearchStudy@eohsi.rutgers.edu | Phone: 848-445-6049