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Your UK Organising Committee

Your organising committee is led by four key UK institutions in the field of Epidemiology; Institute of Occupational Medicine, the University of Edinburgh, Heriot Watt University and the University of Glasgow, who prepared the successful bid for your visit to Scotland. We are pleased to be joined by leading figures associated with all four organisations to complete our organising committee. Our members are:-


Damien McElvenny

Prof. Damien McElvenny BSc MSc PhD CStat CSci


Damien McElvenny is Principal Epidemiologist at the Institute of Occupational Medicine.  His current research interests include occupational cancer (work in the hard-metal industry, work in the lead industry, work in the rubber industry, occupational exposure to formaldehyde, shift work and trauma), the ageing worker, neurodegenerative disease in sportspersons, and meta-analysis methods.  He is a member of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council, the IOSH Research Committee, and the Occupational Medicine editorial board. 


Prof John Cherrie

Prof. John Cherrie PhD, BSc


John is Chair in Human Health at Heriot Watt University and Principal Scientist at the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM) in Edinburgh. He is an exposure scientist. He has a wide range of research interests including exposure assessment for epidemiological studies and regulatory risk assessment, dermal exposure assessment, inadvertent ingestion of chemicals. He led the SHEcan project that provided estimates of health and socioeconomic impact from possible changes to the Carcinogens Directive in Europe. John is a Past President of the British Occupational Hygiene Society and in 2014 won the Bedford Medal for outstanding contributions to the discipline of occupational hygiene.


Prof. Anthony Seaton CBE, MD, DSc, FRCP, FRCPE, FMedSci

Professor Seaton was a chest physician. He was Director of the Institute of Occupational Medicine in Edinburgh 1978/90 and Professor of Environmental and Occupational Medicine in Aberdeen 1988/2003. He chaired the UK Expert Panel on Air Quality Standards and was on the Royal Society’s Working Group on nanotechnology. He is now emeritus professor at Aberdeen University and a writer of essays on environmental and health-related topics.


Prof. Ewan MacDonald OBE, MB ChB, DIH, FRCP, FFOM, FFOM(I)

Occupational Physician, Head of Healthy Working Lives Group, University of Glasgow. Former Dean of FOM, Past President of Occupational Medicine Section of Union of European Medical Specialists.

OH career has included Coal Mining, IT, Textiles, Aluminium, Health care. Research interests include Sickness absence, Ill health Retirement, impact of worklessness.


Dr Niall Anderson BSc PhD FSS

Niall Anderson is Senior Lecturer at University of Edinburgh's. School of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences. He initiates and collaborates in research in a variety of epidemiology, public health and statistical genetics topics, both within the Centre for Population Health Sciences and throughout the University of Edinburgh as a whole.


Hilary Cowie BSc

Hilary is Director of Research Operations and Head of the Statistics and Toxicology Section in the Research Division of the Institute of Occupational Medicine.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.  Hilary has extensive experience of the design and analysis of epidemiological morbidity and mortality studies.



Grant is Marketing Director of the Institute of Occupational Medicine and supports the marketing of all IOM divisions in the UK and Singapore. Grant is a long-standing Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing and will lead the conference organisation and administration. 


Dr. Ioannis Basinas BSc MSc PhD

Ioannis is a research scientist within the Exposure Science section of IOM. His research interests focus on the establishment and application of improved methods for quantitative exposure assessment based on statistical and mathematical modelling approaches. Currently he is involved in several projects related to the assessment of exposure to engineered nanomaterials, organic dusts, and the evaluation of Tier 1 models used under REACH. 


Dr Drushca Lalloo, EPICH 2017

Dr Drushca Lalloo MBChB (Glasgow), MRCGP, MFOM

Dr Drushca Lalloo is a Consultant Physician in Occupational Medicine and an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer/Researcher at the University of Glasgow. She is currently Chair of the Scottish Group of the Society of Occupational Medicine. Her research interests include: sickness absence, physician health, quality improvement and training/competencies in Occupational Medicine.


Dr Sotiris Vardoulakis BSc MSc PhD

Sotiris is Research Director at the Institute of Occupational Medicine have joined from Public Health England in 2017, where he was Head of Environmental Change Department at the Centre for Radiation, Chemical & Environmental Hazards of Public Health England. He has specific interest in Air Pollution and Climate Change. Sotiris holds honorary academic affiliations with LSHTM, the University of Birmingham and the University of Exeter, and is a Fellow of the Institution of Environmental Sciences, the Institute of Air Quality Management and the Higher Education Academy.


Prof. Martie van Tongeren BSc MSc PhD

Martie van Tongeren is Professor of Occupational & Environmental Health the University of Manchester. His main research projects include development and application of tools to estimate current and past exposure to various chemical and other agents (including nanomaterials) in the work environment and the home for chemical risk assessment and epidemiological studies.


Will Mueller

Will Mueller is a Statistician in the Statistics and Toxicology Section of the Research Division at IOM. Will possesses a MAppSc in Environmental Science and a MSc in Epidemiology. Will currently assists with the design and quantitative analysis of a range of occupational and environmental health studies undertaken at the IOM, including a multi-decade follow-up on mortality in the British rubber industry and assessment of respiratory protective devices.


For the last seven years, Edinburgh has retained its position as the most popular UK city after London for hosting international association meetings.