Air Pollution, housing and respiratory tract Infections in Children: National birth Cohort study (PICNIC)

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In this talk we will present the PICNIC study. The aim of PICNIC is to quantify the contribution of in-utero, infant and childhood exposure to ambient air pollution and adverse housing conditions that are associated with the risk of RTI admissions in children less than 5 years old. We will use administrative data from national birth cohorts of all children born in England between 2005 and 2014 and Scotland between 1997 and 2020.

The birth cohorts are constructed using linkage between routinely collected administrative health databases, including birth and death registrations, maternity and hospital admission records. The birth cohorts will be further linked to the UK Census records, and longitudinal data on air pollution and housing exposures via NHS address records in the two countries. The PICNIC project will therefore lead to the development of state-of-the-art data linkage data resources for cohort studies of environmental exposures during pregnancy and early childhood.

PICNIC is a collaboration between University College London, University of Edinburgh, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Tampere University and City, University of London. PICNIC is funded by the Medical Research Council.

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Pia Hardelid Dr Pia Hardelid is associate professor of epidemiology at University College London Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. She leads a number of studies using large administrative health databases to evaluate public health policies for children. She is the principal investigator of PICNIC.

Graziella FavaratoDr Graziella Favarato is a Research Fellow at University College London. She has a background in medical statistics and epidemiology, obtaining a PhD at Imperial College London on the respiratory health effects of indoor air pollution. Her main research interests are in the use of large observational and administrative datasets and linkage data for public health. Before joining the PICNIC study she worked on administrative data looking at readmissions patterns in mental health care settings in England and on a large international collaboration of observational cohort studies of HIV in pregnancy.

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