Greg Evans

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Recent Research Projects

CANadian Urban Environmental (CANUE) Health Research Consortium

2016/17-2018/19 • $2,600,000 • PI,CO,Other
With more than 80% of Canada's population living in urban areas and the urbanized proportion of the global population growing dramatically, there is an urgent need to learn how to design and modify cities to improve, not degrade, population health. A concerted effort to address this need would...

Traffic-Related Air Pollutants and the Transplanted Lung

2013/14-2018/19 • $1,190,841 • PI,CO
Large population studies have identified a link between the development of heart and lung diseases, and exposure to air pollutants, especially those arising from vehicle emissions. How this occurs is not well understood. In fact, the best way of assessing relevant pollutant exposures and its...

Identifying and Evaluating New Environmental Risk Factors for Cancer, Cardiovascular, and Neurological Diseases through Innovative Approaches to Population-Based Exposure Assessment

2017/18-2018/19 • $561,936 • PI,Other
Environmental exposures have an important impact on public health. Specifically, outdoor fine particulate air pollution is known to contribute to cancer and heart disease and emerging evidence suggests a possible association with brain illnesses including dementia. However, we still know...

Smart sensors for smart highways: developing a clean technology for measuring air quality on highways

2017/18-2018/19 • $100,000 • PI
Air pollution, the world's largest environmental burden on health, is associated with 7 million premature deaths every year globally. Comprehensive and accurate air quality monitoring is the first and most crucial step to controlling air pollution. Many municipalities are adopting smart city...

ENGage

2016/17-2018/19 • $60,000 • PI
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Probing the properties of particulate pollution: Elucidating the origins and impacts of atmospheric aerosol

2014/15-2017/18 • $216,000 • PI
Atmospheric aerosol plays key roles in climate and air quality. Though microscopic in size, these tiny particles have global impacts on our environment and health. This proposal outlines research to enable transformational advances in our knowledge of atmospheric aerosol. The detailed chemistry...

Evaluating Influences of Air Quality on Projector Performance and Viewing Experience in IMAX Theatres

2017/18 • $18,357 • PI
The Southern Ontario Centre for Atmospheric Aerosol Research (SOCAAR) at the University of Toronto willpartner with IMAX to investigate potential link between image quality and air quality in their theatres, andadvise on standards for indoor air quality in IMAX theatres. Researchers will look...

Operations and Maintenance Support for the BioZone MS Facility

2016/17 • $150,000 • PI,CO
The BioZone mass spectrometry facility (BMSF) is associated with the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto and is part of the BioZone Centre for Bioengineering. The BMSF provides services and training to internal and external researchers and...

Interpreting greenhouse gas and air pollution surface measurements to quantify urban emissions

2016/17 • $117,879 • PI,CO
Quantifying and monitoring urban emissions of greenhouse gases (e.g., carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide) and air pollutants (e.g., carbon monoxide, NOx, ozone, aerosols) is crucial for verifying that emission reduction targets are met and that our air quality remains at safe levels. To...

Fundamental studies of drying, combustion and ash properties of biomass and impacts of pulp and paper mill operations

2012/13-2015/16 • $1,876,000 • PI,CO
Pulp and paper mills in Canada require large amounts of high pressure steam and electric power to operate. About two-thirds of the energy required is supplied by burning the concentrated black liquor (spent pulping liquor) in recovery boilers. The remaining is from biomass boilers, known...

Dynamometer Control System for Engine Emissions Research

2014/15 • $129,259 • PI,CO
Fuel efficient and highly reliable diesel engines provide essential motive power to Canada's people and industries. However, diesel engines emit significant quantities of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) in their exhaust and these Traffic Related Air Pollution (TRAP)...

Investigation of how emission control technologies mitigate health impacts from diesel fuel combustion

2010/11-2013/14 • $475,873 • PI,CO
The combustion of diesel fuels in stationary, on-road, and off-road sources are a major source of air pollutionin Canada. Emission control systems are used to mitigate the impact of these emissions on human health. However, little is actually known about how these control systems reduce the...

Aerosol science: elucidating the origins, characteristics, environmental impact and human health consequences

2010/11-2013/14 • $160,000 • PI
Aerosols play key roles in climate and air quality. Though microscopic in size, aerosols have monumental impacts on our environment and health. Nevertheless, scientific understanding of the mechanisms through which aerosols manifest these profound impacts is still in its infancy. Only recently...

Chemical analysis of semi-volatile organic compounds of concern in outdoor and indoor environments

2013/14 • $150,000 • PI,CO
The long term goal of the research, for which this equipment is urgent and essential, is to work towards protecting human and ecosystem health by improving chemical management and contributing to public health policies and advice. Achieving this goal requires developing and applying...

Identifying pollutant-sensitive DNA methylation marks associated with a global measure of thrombosis risk: a proof-of-concept study

2013/14 • $100,000 • PI,CO
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) - a blood clot in the vein - affects nearly 64,000 Canadians each year. In nearly 10% of cases, people will die suddenly or before they are diagnosed. These deaths are preventable since the condition can be treated if caught early. We know that exposure to metal...

Environmental Air Pollution, Airway Injury and Repair: Understanding the Pathogenetic Relationship to Improve Health Outcome

2011/12 • $9,939 • PI,CO
Environmental air pollution (EAP) is known to cause disease and increase death from respiratory and cardiac diseases. The airways are particularly vulnerable as each breath results in contact with EAP. Patients with chronic airway diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease and...

Development of a novel technology for in-vitro assessment of exposure to fine and ultrafine particulate matter

2010/11 • $51,061 • PI,CO
Air pollution has a major impact on the health of Canadians that, in Ontario alone, costs an estimated at $8 billion dollars annually. Particulate matter has been implicated as one of the major air pollutants causing this illness. However, very little is actually known about which chemical or...

Development of a novel technology for in vitro assessment of exposure to fine and ultrafine particulate matter

2010/11 • $51,061 • PI,CO
Air pollution has a major impact on the health of Canadians that, in Ontario alone, costs an estimated at $8 billion dollars annually. Particulate matter has been implicated as one of the major air pollutants causing this illness. However, very little is actually known about which chemical or...

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