Indoor Air Pollution during Pregnancy: an intervention Trial (IndAPPT)

Photo of pregnant woman holding her belly.

Work on a pilot clinical trial to recruit pregnant women from an OB/GYN clinic and to understand the effects of an indoor air pollution intervention on mother's and baby's health.

Project description

Indoor air pollution is the cause of 3.8 million premature deaths worldwide. Pregnant women and infants are most vulnerable to environmental insults. Air pollution can lead to many adverse outcomes for both the mother and the baby. This pilot intervention trial will recruit pregnant women from a local OB/GYN clinic in Buffalo. Participants will be randomly assigned to an intervention (receiving a HEPA air purifier) or a control (not receiving an air purifier) group at baseline, and then be follow-up until birth.
This project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of an indoor air pollution intervention among pregnant women and evaluate the effects of the intervention on pregnancy and birth outcomes. Qualified students will be involved in participant recruitment in the clinic and may have the opportunity to analyze and present data.

Project outcome

Students will be able to recruit and follow up with participants in the clinic, process biological samples, and gain experience in data entry and analysis. The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration.

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Flexible (discuss with mentor)
Start time Fall (August/September); Winter (December)
In-person, remote, or hybrid? In-person
Level of collaboration Flexible (discuss with mentor)
Benefits Research experience, academic credit
Who is eligible Must be detail oriented with great interpersonal and organizational skills, and able to work independently.

Project mentor

Lina Mu

Associate Professor

Epidemiology and Environmental Health

Phone: (716) 829-5381


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Preparation activities

The specific preparation activities for this project will be customized through discussions between you and your project mentor. Please be sure to ask them for the instructions to complete the required preparation activities.


research; epidemiology; public health, environmental health