AirPollBrain (APB) Group

About Us - AirPollBrain (APB) Group


Contact Info: Michael Zuletta, APB Website Administrator, mzuletta@usc.edu

The AirPollBrain Group

The AirPollBrain (APB) Group aims to promote the optimal neurodevelopment in humans and healthy brain aging by better understanding environmental effects of urban air pollution and gene-environment interactions. The APB group developed from a core of USC’s leadership in urban environmental health research in the Los Angeles Basin, with collaborating institutions. Taking a multi-disciplinary research, APB addresses effects of environmental pollution on the brain across the lifespan. APB is pursuing five main goals: I, Identify environmental risk factors impacting brain health in human populations with different environmental settings and genetic backgrounds; II, Develop experimental paradigms relevant to human studies and public health interventions; III, Integrate the existing environmental, neurosciences, and public health sciences programs at USC; IV, Provide the best sciences to support evidence-based regulations to protect public’s health?; V, Create resources for training and education in interdisciplinary environmental health sciences from basic environmental biology to societal levels of analysis. Bimonthly meetings convene faculty and trainees on specific topics with a focus on developing new research projects and consortia.

Participating USC Schools:

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences
Keck School of Medicine
Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Davis School of Gerontology
Viterbi School of Engineering
School of Pharmacy