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The Southern Ontario Centre for Atmospheric Aerosol Research (SOCAAR) at the University of Toronto is an interdisciplinary centre for the study of air quality, with a focus on how aerosols impact human health and the environment. SOCAAR brings together medical personnel, atmospheric chemists and environmental engineers, and promotes collaborative research through access to state-of-the-art facilities and partnerships with government and industry.

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SOCAAR is also affiliated with The Canadian Aerosol Research Network (CARN), a new initiative formally uniting the collective expertise of leading Canadian aerosol researchers from the University of Toronto, Dalhousie University and the University of British Columbia.

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Prof. Greg Evans has received a 3M National Teaching Fellowship from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
Prof. Daniel Posen will speak about "Exploring trade-offs in the use of biomass for greenhouse gas mitigation" at the next SOCAAR Seminar on April 5 at 2pm in WB407. Live stream available 
A research collaboration between the University of Toronto, the Chinese University of Hong Kong & Utrecht University links shift work & night eating with breast cancer .
SOCAAR Collaborator Dr. Frances Silverman co-authored a new study that found Vitamin B could help mitigate the effects air pollution Full coverage on CNN

News media ignore the flaws of a new Fraser Institute report concluding phase-out of coal in Ontario did little to reduce air pollution. Read why Dr. Evans calls the new report disappointing

SOCAAR collaborator Dr. Jeffrey R. Brook gave an overview of The Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium and its key strategic directions at the SOCAAR Seminar on Jan. 18

Check out these undergraduate & graduate courses related to air quality, climate and health offered by SOCAAR collaborators and affilates.  
Meet Kerolyn Shairsingh and Joseph Okeme, two U of T PhD candidates on exchange at Utrecht University as part of a research collaboration between U of T, UU and CUHK. 
Dr. Michelle North and fellow SOCAAR Collaborators’ Kingston Allergy Birth Cohort exposome poster won 1st place in asthma/rhinitis category at the 2016 CSAC.
SOCAAR collaborator Prof. Jeffrey Brook and his research team receives funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for their Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (CANUE) to study traffic congestion and other urban environmental issues.
Visit Research2Reality to learn more about how Canadian researchers are working to preserve the supply and quality of our water resources.

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Read about our latest research activities on aerosol-climate effects 





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