Abstract:

The wide variety of microorganisms released into indoor air from animate and inanimate sources often include microbial pathogens and allergens, and exposure to them may be directly by inhalation or indirectly by contact with surfaces contaminated with airborne particles. Therefore, safe and effective microbial decontamination of indoor air can reduce the risk of exposure to such harmful agents. However, standardized and field-relevant test protocols remain unavailable to assess the claims of technologies already marketed or under development. This presentation will describe an economical and versatile aerobiology chamber and its use to study physical and chemical technologies to remove/inactivate a variety of human pathogens in experimentally contaminated indoor air.

Biography:

He is Professor Emeritus of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, and Chief Scientific Officer, CREM Co Labs, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. He researches the environmental fate of human pathogens and promotes sustainable technologies for interrupting the environmental spread of infectious agents. He is an advisor to the World Health Organization, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and other national and international agencies. He has published >200 peer-reviewed papers and has delivered nearly 370 invited lectures in some 30 countries. The numerous awards he has received include the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Distinguished Microbiologist Award of the Canadian College of Microbiologists and the Hygeia Gold Medal of the Rudolf Schülke Foundation (Hamburg, Germany).

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