Former Assistant Director Small Area Health Statistics Unit
Professor of Environmental Epidemiology, Centre for Environmental Health and Sustainability, University of Leicester
As Assistant Director of SAHSU, I led on and/or supported infrastructure for >20 SAHSU studies examining long-term health effects of environmental exposures, including oversight of the SAHSU databases containing over 300 million patient records and development of the Rapid Inquiry Facility. I have continuing collaborations with SAHSU, most notably on studies of health impacts of environmental noise, air pollution and waste management.
Main SAHSU collaborations:
• Waste management – the Incinerators Study; the BIOlogical air pollution Modelling and associations with Lung Disease (BIOMOLD) study
• Long and short-term health effects of environmental noise - the Aircraft Noise and Cardiovascular Outcomes (ANCO) study; the Reduced noise Impacts of Short-Term Aircraft Noise and Cardiovascular Outcomes (RISTANCO) study
• Long term health effects of air pollution (several projects)
I was Assistant Director at SAHSU from 2010-2018. My career started in internal (hospital) medicine, followed by training and accreditation in the speciality of public health, then a PhD investigating environmental factors affecting chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) mortality. In 2018, I took up a Professorship in Environmental Epidemiology and Director of a new Centre for Environmental Health and Sustainability at the University of Leicester. My special research interests are environmental noise and air pollution, respiratory disease epidemiology, and low-level environmental exposures. I have conducted a number of projects looking at health effects of very long term (20-40+ years) and lifetime air pollution exposures. I am one of few epidemiologists in the UK currently researching health impacts of environmental noise using both SAHSU and cohort data in the UK and EU (e.g. the EU-funded European Network on Noise and Health (ENNAH) and 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:
• Member of International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, British Thoracic Society, European Respiratory Society, American Thoracic Society (Program board member of the EOPH Assembly, Feb 2015 on)
• Invited commentator for Science Media Centre and Sense About Science, 2014 on
• Editorial Board of journal Environmental Health, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
• Member of Public Health England (previously Health Protection Agency) Environmental Health (previously Hazards) Programme Board to 2017.
• Member of Committee on Toxicity in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) 2008-16, chair of ‘Synthesising epidemiological evidence’ subgroup
• President, Section of Epidemiology & Public Health Council, Royal Society of Medicine 2005-2007, acting President 2008-2009