Project title: Atmospheric monitoring and time series analysis of climate and pollution impact on vasculitis onset
Rationale:Onset of vasculitis is suspected to be triggered by an extrinsic, environmental component, yet to be elucidated.
Objectives:Through a temporal approach in both time and frequency domains, HELICAL vasculitis onset databases will be interrogated to uncover potential links between vasculitis onset and the physical, chemical and/or biological structure of air masses and/or their constituents (Objective 3). Design and implement focused air quality surveys and subsequent analyses to corroborate/discard the alleged environment-vasculitis linkages (Objective 3).
Expected Results:Characterisation of the nature and strength of environmental predictors of vasculitis onset. Identification of the complex set of physicalchemical-biological determinants. Development of potential preventive frameworks associated with the obtained temporo-spatial relationships.
Planned Secondments:IBM 3 mths: Exposure to alternative means of temporo-spatial analysis and pathways to impact. UNIABDN 2 mths: To explore objective methodologies for data-driven approaches and pattern recognition techniques.