Speaker: Prof. Dr. Juliette Legler, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
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The ubiquity of microplastics (plastic particles <5 mm, including nano-sized plastics <1 micrometer) in the environment raises increasing concerns about their implications for human health. Recent evidence indicates that humans constantly inhale and ingest microplastics, however, it is unclear whether these contaminants pose a substantial risk to human health. Initial studies suggest that microplastics are taken up in human tissues where they may cause biological effects. However, there are key knowledge gaps that need to be addressed in order to move the field forward and answer critical questions about the possible risks of microplastics on human health. In this presentation I will introduce new multidisciplinary research projects that will address the lack of crucial data on human exposure and effects, to enable ccomprehensive risk assessment and support timely decision-making on health policies and mitigation strategies.