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Applications for one PhD Top Up scholarship are now open at the Centre for Air pollution, energy and health Research (CAR), an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence. CAR is based at a network of Universities and research institutes across Australia.  CAR is funded by the NHMRC for five years to support research training and research translation in the interdisciplinary field of air pollution, energy and health.

The centre focuses on examining the health consequences of (1) fossil fuel combustion, (2) landscape fires and (3) alternatives to fossil fuels. These approaches include a) improved assessments of exposure using sensors, satellites and advanced statistics; b) cohort studies with data linkage; c) detailed measures of physiological endpoints; d) toxicological investigations; and e) intervention studies. 

Projects of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide improved exposure assessment with application to health-related studies;
  • Extend health outcomes beyond respiratory and cardiovascular health outcomes, such as mental health, dementia, birth outcomes, neurodevelopmental, autism, biomarkers, toxicology (mechanisms, how does it work), lung development; and
  • Studies that use a framework of health impact assessments to inform policy decisions in energy transitions or air quality.  

See https://www.car-cre.org.au/funding-intiatives for more information