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December 10, 2008

Media Contact: Beverley Golden
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The University of Texas at Tyler
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NEWS TIP: UT Tyler TxAIRE Seeks Survey Responses


The University of Texas at Tyler TxAIRE is seeking 4,000 survey respondents during Phase I of the three-phase grant project.


TxAIRE is the Texas Allergy, Indoor Environment and Energy Institute, a collaborative grant project with UT Health Science Center at Tyler, UT Dallas and several industrial partners. The mission is to improve indoor air quality by identifying air pollutants, assessing their health effects and developing new technology that can be produced commercially.

Dr. Jan (pronounced Yahn) Sundell (pronounced sun-DELL) is the executive director of TxAIRE.

Dr. Sundell has more than 20 years experience studying indoor air quality and its association with asthma in Sweden, Bulgaria, Taiwan, Singapore and other international locations.

His desire to conduct a cross sectional study also in the United States is why he was recruited to lead the TxAIRE Institute projects at UT Tyler.

Phase I will survey children ages 1 – 8 with or without asthma. From the surveys received, the study will select 200 who have asthma and 200 who do not have asthma to move on to Phase II of the project.

Phase II will offer a free home and medical evaluation to 400 participants in order to collect home environmental and clinical examination data needed for analyses of associations between exposures at home and children’s health.

Phase III will involve the construction of ‘residential’ labs in which TxAIRE institute’s findings regarding healthy housing can be tested. These laboratories -- typical single-family residences -- in which a family will live for an extended period of time in order to fully examine the health benefits of the institute's findings.

For interviews, contact Beverley Golden, 903.566.7303/903.330.0495.


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