Landry Stéphane Zeng Eyindanga
Project Manager
Bull SAS

Eve Dupas
Head of Data Mining

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Impact of POLLution on Asthma and Rhinitis

POLLAR is a European project to evaluate the impact of air quality on rhinitis, sleep and work – and to promote measures that help people deal with problems caused by pollution. POLLAR combines emerging technologies with machine learning to deliver interconnected rhinitis management assistance during peak periods of air pollution, so we can improve the way we deal with the health and societal consequences of the condition.


Allergic rhinitis is impacted by allergens and air pollution, but interactions between air pollution, sleep and allergic diseases are insufficiently understood. By better addressing this problem, we can improve health for many individuals.


The project began with: KYomed INNOV, a contract-service provider specialised in the field of connected health devices as well as biomarkers; a member of the Forum “Living Lab Santé Autonomie” (an EIT Health France Partner); and Prof. Jean Bousquet, who brings his scientific and medical support and his large network. The consortium is led by BULL and includes EIT Health Partners from France and Spain as well as two SMEs

The project

POLLAR’s mission is to better understand the links between allergic rhinitis, asthma allergen exposure, sleep and pollution – and to use this information to provide preventive and treatment strategies to reduce the burden of allergy rhinitis and asthma.

POLLAR aims to develop an integrated software platform solution by combining emerging technologies with machine learning to:

  • understand effects of air pollution in allergic rhinitis and its impact on sleep, work and asthma; 
  • assess societal consequences shared by citizens, corporate citizens and professionals;
  • propose preventive strategies;
  • develop participative policies.

POLLAR will use a freely existing application for AR monitoring tested in 20 countries (Allergy Diary, IOS and Android) combined with a new tool allowing queries on allergen and pollen (TLR2) and existing pollution data.

The results anticipated from the work of POLLAR are to:

  • propose novel care pathways integrating pollution and patient's literacy;
  • study sleep; 
  • improve work productivity;
  • propose the basis for a sentinel network at the EU level for pollution and allergy;
  • assess the societal implications of the interaction.


POLLAR promises to improve the health of patients suffering from allergic rhinitis and asthma that is aggravated by pollutants. Better sleep and less illness means reduced cost of medical care, so payers benefit. Employers and society benefit from gains in productivity due to reduced absenteeism.

Why this is an EIT Health project

This project is in keeping with the core EIT Health goal of promoting healthy living. The project is also aligned with the EIT Health Focus Area of Care Pathways, as it promises to improve the health of patients suffering from allergic rhinitis and asthma that is aggravated by pollutants.

POLLAR video made for the 2018 EIT Awards:

External partners

  • Forum LLSA/ The National Center of Expertise in Cognitive Stimulation (CEN STIMCO, Paris)
  • KYomed INNOV
  • Neogia

EIT Health partners in this project