The outdoor air pollution and brain health workshop

Neurotoxicology. 2012 Oct;33(5):972-84. doi: 10.1016/j.neuro.2012.08.014. Epub 2012 Sep 5.


Accumulating evidence suggests that outdoor air pollution may have a significant impact on central nervous system (CNS) health and disease. To address this issue, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences/National Institute of Health convened a panel of research scientists that was assigned the task of identifying research gaps and priority goals essential for advancing this growing field and addressing an emerging human health concern. Here, we review recent findings that have established the effects of inhaled air pollutants in the brain, explore the potential mechanisms driving these phenomena, and discuss the recommended research priorities/approaches that were identified by the panel.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollutants / poisoning*
  • Air Pollution* / adverse effects
  • Brain / pathology*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / chemically induced
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / pathology
  • Disease Susceptibility
  • Encephalitis / etiology
  • Encephalitis / pathology
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases / chemically induced
  • Lung Diseases / pathology
  • Neurotoxicity Syndromes* / epidemiology
  • Neurotoxicity Syndromes* / etiology
  • Neurotoxicity Syndromes* / pathology


  • Air Pollutants