Mechanisms of air pollutant-induced adverse cardiopulmonay and neurophysiological health effects

Institution: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


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Dr Costa’s primary research interests focus on the potential for air pollutants to adversely affect human health. By using animal models representing healthy and susceptible human populations (chronic heart and lung diseases), he has made major in-roads into understanding how contaminants in the air can cause illness and even death. He uses methods in cardiopulmonary and neurophysiology coupled with modern cell-molecular biology to develop these models and to ascertain how health impairments influence responsiveness to pollutant stresses.