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Dr Anna Hansell

Dr Anna Hansell

Dr Anna Hansell, Assistant Director of SAHSU

Job Title and Responsibilities:
Job Title: Assistant Director Small Area Health Statistics Unit
Clinical Reader in Environmental Epidemiology

As assistant director I manage over 15 staff and I also hold an honorary consultant contract with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. I lead on national and international studies examining long-term health effects of environmental exposures and has oversight of the SAHSU databases containing over 300 million patient records. I also teach and chair the Imperial Masters in Public Health exam board.

Main research projects:
• Incinerators Study
• Rapid Inquiry Facility
• BioAerosols
• Air Pollution Mixtures
• Respiratory Health of the Nation
• Transplants
• Traffic and Health


About Me:
I am a public health doctor and environmental epidemiologist with special research interests in environmental noise and air pollution, respiratory disease epidemiology and use of small area data and hold an honorary consultant contract with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. My personal research interest in the environmental determinants of chronic respiratory disease. Within this research area I have conducted a number of projects looking at health effects of 20-40+ years of air pollution exposure on various health outcomes. I currently am one of few epidemiologists in the UK currently researching environmental noise and health. I also participated as a work package leader in the EU-funded European Network on Noise and Health (ENNAH) project 2010-12, working with over 30 European institutions and have completed consultancy work for Defra with respect to health effects of environmental noise and has responsibility for the UK component of the HYENA (Hypertension and Exposure to Noise near Airports) study.


2005- Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology (PhD)- London University
2008- Fellow of Faulty of Public Health (FFPH)
2000- Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST) in Public Health Medicine-  General Medical Council
1998- Member of Faculty of Public Health (MFPH)
1996- MSc in Public Health- London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
1993- Member of Royal College of Physicians (MRCP (UK))
1989- MB BChir- Cambridge University
1986- BA Hons in Medical Sciences- Cambridge University


Professional Memberships and Activities:
• Reviewer for the World Conference of The Union on Lung Health Feb 2015 on
• Program board member of the EOPH Assembly, American Thoracic Society, Feb 2015 on
• Invited commentator for Science Media Centre and Sense About Science, 2014 on
• Editorial Board of journal Environmental Health, 2013 on
• Member of Public Health England (previously Health Protection Agency) Environmental Hazards Programme Board. Member of the Environmental Public Health Tracking Strategic Advisory group, 2012 on
• Member of national Committee on Toxicity in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT), chair of ‘Synthesising epidemiological evidence’ subgroup 2015 , Sept 08
• President, Section of Epidemiology & Public Health Council, Royal Society of Medicine 2005-2007, acting President 2008-2009
• Member of national NIHR/UKCRN (UK Clinical Research Network) Public Health Speciality Group as North West London representative, May 2008-2010
• Scientific organising committee for the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology annual conference, Dublin August 2009


Top 5 Publications:
1. Hansell AL, Ghosh RE, Blangiardo M, Morris C, Vienneau D, de Hoogh K, Goffe K, Briggs D, Gulliver J.  Historic air pollution exposure and long-term mortality risks in England and Wales: Prospective longitudinal cohort study. Thorax 2016 Apr; 71(4):330-8

2. Cai Y, Shaheen SO, Hardy R, Kuh D, Hansell AL. Birth weight, early childhood growth and lung function in middle to early old age: 1946 British birth cohort. Thorax 2015. Jul 16.

3. Hansell AL, Rose N, Cowie CT, Belousova E, Ng K, Toelle BG, Marks GB, for the Childhood Asthma Prevention Study Team. Weighted road density and allergic disease in children at high risk of developing asthma. PLOS ONE 2014. Jun 20;9(6):e98978

4. Hansell A, Ghosh RE, Poole S, Zock JP, Weatherall M, Vermeulen R, Kromhout H, Travers J, Beasley R. Occupational risk factors for chronic obstructive respiratory disease in a New Zealand population using lifetime occupational history. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2014 Mar;56(3):270-80.

5. Hansell AL, Blangiardo M, Fortunato L, Floud S, de Hoogh K, Fecht D, Ghosh RE, Laszlo HE, Pearson C, Beale L, Beevers S, Gulliver J, Best N, Richardson S, Elliott P. Aircraft noise and cardiovascular disease near London Heathrow Airport. BMJ 2013 Oct 8;347:


Contact Details:
Telephone number(s): 020 7594 3344