Our genes and the exposures we encounter throughout life determine our health. Understanding how and when people are exposed to chemicals, dusts, noise, air pollution and many other environmental factors can make an important contribution to identifying the causes of disease. By changing our environment or the way we live our lives we can reduce the risks of many diseases. We are particularly interested in:

  • Characterising personal activity in relation to exposure.
  • Improving methods of assessing external exposures.
  • The impact of air pollution on health.
  • Evaluation of the burden of disease from work.

Understanding the causes of ill-health offers real opportunities for public health interventions to prevent future disease.

Professor John Cherrie leads this area of research. We collaborate with scientists at the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM) and others.