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30 min

Climate change and the impact on pollen allergies

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Climate change is exacerbating pollen exposure and thus allergies worldwide, presenting significant challenges to public health. Rising temperatures and altered precipitation patterns are extending the pollen season and enhancing pollen production. This phenomenon not only intensifies allergic reactions but also expands the geographical range of allergenic plants, posing a growing health concern for vulnerable populations. 

Furthermore, climate change influences the composition of pollen, making it potentially more allergenic and potent. The intersection of climate change and pollen allergies underscores the clear need for adaptive strategies in healthcare, public policy, and environmental management to mitigate the escalating impact of climate change on human health. 

Prof. Dr. Jeroen Buters, Munich, Germany
Prof. Jeroen Buters, Deputy Director, Center of Allergy & Environment (ZAUM), Munich, Germany

Prof. Buters began his career in drug development before spending five influential years at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda. Since 2000, his passion has centered on allergic diseases and their environmental triggers. Driven by the question of what renders individuals allergic, he delved into the realm of the biological exposome, meticulously studying airborne pollen, molds, and bacteria. 

Prof. Buters spearheaded groundbreaking research on the potency of pollen, particularly its allergen content. His leadership was exemplified through his coordination of the EU-wide project HIALINE, where he led efforts to unravel the complexities of allergic diseases. 

Continuing his quest for innovation, Prof. Buters pioneered the implementation of robotic pollen monitors, positioning himself as a global leader in online pollen monitoring. His extensive network of monitors stands as a testament to his commitment to advancing scientific understanding and improving the lives of allergy sufferers worldwide.