A new project endeavors to discover solutions to allergies and other immune defence disorders utilizing methods from medicine and urban design.
Allergies and numerous autoimmune diseases, for example asthma and type 1 diabetes, have ended up more common in the past 50 years, particularly in urban environments. This is caused by pollutants from human activities, a higher level of hygiene and the reduced biological diversity.
According to Dr. Aki Sinkkonen of the University of Helsinki, Department of Environmental Sciences, Finland, about one-fifth of the population in industrialized nations suffers from serious disorders of the immune system. In the EU alone the yearly costs of these issues have been assessed to total over 100 billion euros.
The multidisciplinary ADELE project, run by Dr. Sinkkonen studies new ways to help our immune system function better in urban communities.
He explained that the project combines urban design with the latest results from medicine and environmental ecology and that we will likewise profit from the experiences accumulated while developing a diabetes vaccine, as well as from biodiversity research and various population surveys, one of their goals being creating commercial products.