Toxicology Seminar Series: Xiaoxing Cui, a PhD candidate, Thursday, Feb. 22nd

During our Toxicology Seminar Series scheduled for this Thursday, February 22, from 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Field Auditorium, Environment Hall, on Duke’s West Campus. Xiaoxing Cui, a PhD candidate in Dr. Jim Zhang’s Laboratory at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, will be presenting a talk entitled “The Health Impact of Indoor Air Filtration in Healthy Adults and Asthmatic Children.”
Please see below for her bio and abstract.
Xiaoxing Cui  received a Bachelor in Medicine from Peking University and a MS in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. Her thesis research is to assess the effectiveness of indoor air filtration technologies in reducing PM2.5 exposure and in improving cardiorespiratory health outcomes in adults and asthmatic children.
As people spend more time indoors, reducing indoor concentrations to pollutants infiltrated from polluted outdoor air can reduce individual’s total exposure. It is hence important to evaluate the effectiveness of using indoor air filtration technologies in improving occupants’ health. This presentation will describe an interventional trial in young adults and another in children with asthma. Results showed that the use of a portable air purifier could lead to improvements in small airway function in both groups, reductions in thrombosis risk in the adults, and reductions in airway inflammation in the children.