Prof. F.R. (Flemming) Cassee

Professor Flemming Cassee is an inhalation toxicologist at RIVM. In this position he is involved in research into adverse health effects from airborne particulate matter (fine dust) and gaseous components (e.g. ozone, nitrogen dioxide) in the ambient air. In addition to this, Flemming Cassee is professor of inhalation toxicology at the Institute of Risk Assessment Sciences of the Utrecht University. More recently his focus is also on the safety of nanomaterials.

“RIVM’s strong point is translating scientific knowledge in such a way that policy makers can use it to substantiate their choices. RIVM is independent and non-profit; it is all strictly about the relevance to society. In this institute I can fulfil my ambitions in science and as someone who is at the centre of the knowledge community, through participation in international research projects and advisory committees.”

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Flemming Cassee is leading projects of multidisciplinary teams. These teams include amongst others toxicologists, epidemiologists and air quality specialists. He has regularly published scientific reports and articles in international journals and presents research results at international conferences. In addition, he serves on a number of international advisory committees.

Flemming Cassee is advisor to the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Health Council of the Netherlands, WHO and EU, US EPA and the American Health Effects Institute, and others. Furthermore he is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Particle and Fibre Toxicology and a reviewer/editor of a number of international scientific journals.

Areas of expertise

  • Inhalation toxicology
  • Airborne particulate matter
  • Nanomaterials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Particle toxicology
  • Air pollution

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