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Asthma and Outdoor Allergen Exposure

Call for Papers

Asthma is a growing public health problem, and outdoor allergens play a role in exacerbation of many cases. For the last several decades, high levels of outdoor air pollution have been associated with short-term increases in asthma morbidity and mortality. Specific exposures to outdoor allergens dramatically illustrate this relationship. In a patient with persistent asthma, identification of outdoor allergens and subsequent avoidance can improve symptoms. Moreover, ambient hazardous air pollutants, as well as industrial releases, not only have a direct or indirect effect on asthmatic people but also exert a major impact on aeroallergens; for example, pollen particles in polluted areas may express a greater number of proteins described as allergenic. A clearer understanding of the role of allergens and their interaction with pollutants is important.

We invite investigators to submit original research and review articles that will contribute to understand the effects of outdoor allergen exposure in the airways and to seek for a definition of the interaction between outdoor allergens and pollutants. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Role of outdoor allergens in asthma morbidity and mortality
  • Interaction between outdoor allergens and pollutants
  • Advances in methods for identification and measurement of outdoor allergen exposure
  • New in vitro and in vivo models to understand the effects of outdoor allergens on asthma development and exacerbations
  • Identifying mechanism involved in asthma development and exacerbations due to outdoor allergen exposure

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http:///www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/bmri/public.health/lergex/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 24 January 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 18 April 2014
Publication DateFriday, 13 June 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Maria-Jesus Cruz, Respiratory Department, Institut de Recerca Vall d’Hebron. Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Guest Editors

  • Jeroen Vanoirbeek, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Occupational, Environmental and Insurance Medicine, Laboratory for Occupational and Environmental Toxicology, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Meinir Jones, Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College School of Medicine, London, UK