Raymond Agius is Professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Manchester, and Honorary Consultant in Occupational Medicine at two NHS Trusts. His previous appointments have included being Senior Lecturer in Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Edinburgh and before that Director of Medical Services at the Institute of Occupational Medicine in Edinburgh. His current research interests include the effects of air pollution on respiratory and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, and alongside the other co-applicants is a partner in the EU FP7 ESCAPE project (European Study of Cohorts for Air Pollution Effects). Within this the Manchester co-workers are responsible for a joint analysis of four European cohorts for asthma outcomes. He leads The Health and Occupation Research network (THOR) which has been undertaking research in occupational epidemiology for a decade with research funding of about €5M. His Fellowships include the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London and of Edinburgh and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine. He serves or has served on several national and international governmental and other committees or working groups (including for the EU, on carcinogens), and is a Past President of the British Occupational Hygiene Society.
Roseanne McNamee is Reader in Medical Statistics at the University of Manchester, UK. Her research interests include statistical methods in observational epidemiology, particularly the problem of confounding. She has been principal investigator for a number of occupational epidemiological research questions (shiftwork and cardiovascular disease, accidents at work and effects of occupational exposure to hydrocarbons) and collaborated with colleagues on many others. Other methodological SOLO – Epidemiological Studies of Exposed Southern Urals Populations publications address measurement error issues, research design efficiency using methods such as two-phase studies, case-control and case-crossover studies etc and causal inference. She has expertise in using simulation studies to evaluate methods of analysis. Her postgraduate teaching covers research methods in occupational epidemiology and survival analysis. The Biostatistics group, of which she is a member, has a particular interest in causal inference.
Dr Frank de Vocht is a lecturer in occupational and environmental health, specializing in effects of non-ionizing radiation on human health and cognition and on exposure assessment methodology for epidemiological studies. He has been involved in occupational epidemiological studies in a variety of industries for over a decade; primarily focussing on assessment of exposures to evaluate carcinogenic risks. He has been a member of a European Union FP5 concerted action to homogenize exposure assessment in the rubber manufacturing industry across Europe for subsequent epidemiological studies as well as a member of the exposure assessment team of the IARC-coordinated European study on carcinogenic risk in the asphalt paving industry. He is currently the PI of two studies aimed at the assessment of occupational exposure to magnetic fields for people routinely working with MRI systems and design of subsequent epidemiological cohort studies. He has to date published over 35 papers in the areas of environmental and occupational epidemiology and exposure assessment and statistical methodology therein.
Richard Wakeford received a BSc in physics and a PhD in sub-nuclear physics from the University of Liverpool. He worked for British Nuclear Fuels Ltd (BNFL) for almost 30 years before taking early retirement in 2006; for much of this time he was concerned with the risks posed by low level exposure to radiation, and he has written and lectured extensively on the subject. In 1994 he received the Founder’s Prize of the Society for Radiological Protection for “contributions of distinction to radiological protection”. Richard is currently Visiting Professor in Epidemiology at the Dalton Nuclear Institute of The University of Manchester and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Radiological Protection, a position he has held since 1997. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Cancer. Richard was a member of the UK Government’s Committee Examining Radiation Risks of Internal Emitters (CERRIE), and is presently a member of the UK Government’s Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE), of the European Commission’s Expert Advisory Group established under Article 31 of the Euratom Treaty, and the Subgroup on Human Radiosensitivity of the Advisory Group on Ionising Radiation (AGIR) of the UK Health Protection Agency (HPA). He is a member of Committee 1 of the International Commission on Radiological Protection and has been a consultant to the United Nations Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR). Richard was a member of the UK Government’s Scientific Advice Group for Emergencies (SAGE) for the Japan Nuclear Incident.