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Centre of the Cell free public lecture: Do we need to worry about air pollution?

Leading asthma researchers at Queen Mary, University of London will ask “do we need to worry about air pollution?” at a free debate taking place at Whitechapel’s Centre of the Cell on Thursday 23 May.

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Inside Centre of the Cell's Pod
Inside Centre of the Cell's Pod

Centre of the Cell’s free Big Question Lecture Series gives the public a chance to hear cell biology experts discuss their work, then question them about it.

The Centre of the Cell Pod will also be open for visitors after the lecture. The Pod, which is suspended above the science labs of Queen Mary’s Blizard Building, contains interactive games, introducing the concepts of cell biology and medical research.

Professor Jonathan Grigg and Dr Rossa Brugha of Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary, will tackle the important issue of whether exposure to air pollution is something to be concerned about, and how we can solve the problems associated with it.

Professor Grigg's research looks at two broad areas; wheezing and asthma in children, and how air pollution affects people's lungs. With Dr Brugha, he is working on the Low Emission Zone study, visiting local schools to check children's lung function, comparing the amount of traffic in London to how well children's lungs are growing.

They are also working on a project to see if pollution affects the immune system in the lungs, and if this might cause asthma or asthma attacks.

Entry to the Centre of the Cell’s Big Question lecture is free, but booking is essential through the online booking form:

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The lecture will last 45-50 minutes and will be followed by an opportunity for discussion with other visitors and scientists. The Pod will be open from 7 – 8pm.

Please note that although all are welcome to this event, its content is aimed at those aged 16 and above.

This event is part of Adult Learners' Week. To find out more about Adult Learners' Week, and to search for other events visit:

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