Dr Richard Broome
Dr Richard Broome is a public health physician specialising in epidemiology and environmental health. His particular interest is in air pollution impact assessment and the development of tools to translate of the results of epidemiological studies into information that is relevant for local policy making. Dr Broome's work has informed a number NSW and Commonwealth government policies, including the review of national particle standards and the control of ship emissions in NSW.
Dr Shanshan Li
Exposure data from fixed monitors have been widely used for air pollution and health studies. However, this approach has limited spatial and temporal coverage: exposure estimates for persons located far from monitors may be less reliable. My postdoctoral research program aims to use novel methods to assess the spatiotemporal PM2.5 exposure using observed and satellite-based PM2.5, and to link the predicted PM2.5 exposure to birth outcomes in Brisbane, Australia. This program will deliver important information to develop public health practice concerning impacts of air pollution and will provide significant insights to communicate the health risks of air pollution.
Dr Gavin Pereira
Gavin Pereira is a perinatal epidemiologist, environmental health researcher, biostatistician and Director of Research at the School of Public Health at Curtin University. He currently holds an NHMRC Sidney Sax fellowship and an adjunct Senior Research Fellow position at the Telethon Kids Institute and multiple current NHMRC project grants. Previously, he has held positions as a statistician at the ABS and as an epidemiologist in the Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology at Yale University. His current environmental research involves using large linked health registries to investigate the effects of fine particulate matter air pollution and heat waves, and integrating large population-based epidemiological studies of humans and in vivo (animal) models.
Dr Martin Cope
Martin Cope is a principal research scientist based in the Ocean and Atmosphere Flagship in CSIRO. He has worked in the area of air quality modelling and applications for over 30 years. Areas of research in which Martin has been involved have included investigating the relationship between climate change and air quality; simulating the sources and sinks of particle formation in urban and rural environments; investigating the impact of alternative motor vehicle fuels on urban air quality and the burden of disease; investigating the relationship between intra-urban pollution sources, population exposure and health impacts; investigating the transport and production of secondary inorganic and organic aerosols; the development and application of short–term air quality forecasting systems; linking the emissions of organic and inorganic air pollution precursors from natural and vegetated sources with urban and regional air quality; the development of methods for blending air quality observations and the output from regional air pollution models for epidemiological studies.
Professor Jane Heyworth
Professor Jane Heyworth is Sub Dean of Health Science (undergraduate majors) in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Western Australia. She is an environmental epidemiologist with specific research interests in environmental causes of cancer and the impact of air and water contamination on health. Her research has focused on a number of environmental exposures including asbestos, pesticides, brominated flame retardants, heavy metals, heterocyclic amines, shift work and microbial contaminants of water. Jane is currently leading a study on the long term effects of air pollution on chronic diseases in older men in Perth, in which land use regression and atmospheric chemical transport modelling are being used to assess exposure. She is a member of the WA Air Pollution & Health Network.
Dr Mark Hibberd
Dr Mark Hibberd is a principal research scientist in air quality at CSIRO’s Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship in Melbourne. He has over 25 years experience in air quality, having led a number of major field studies in Australia, undertaken many modeling studies, and he has extensive expertise in analysing and interpreting large meteorological and air quality data sets. He is the author of over two hundred journal papers, peer-reviewed reports and conference papers. Mark is deputy president of the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand. He was recently an advisor to the South Australian government on a transformation project for the Port Pirie Lead Smelter focused on reducing the community’s exposure to lead and sulfur pollution. He is currently a member of NSW Health’s Expert Advisory Committee on Air Pollution.
Associate Professor Andrea Hinwood
Associate Professor Andrea Hinwood is the Head of School, School of Natural Sciences at Edith Cowan University (ECU). She is an environmental scientist and has expertise in air pollution monitoring, investigation, policy development and management. She has a Masters in Applied Chemistry from RMIT and a PhD in Environmental Epidemiology from Monash University. Previous to her appointment at ECU in 2002, she managed the Air Quality Management Branch of the then Department of Environment. She was a member and Deputy Chair of the WA Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) from 2002 to 2009. A/Prof Hinwood has been engaged in assessing community exposure to air pollutants, and during the past 15 years has worked on a range of projects including investigation of the relationship between air pollution and children’s respiratory symptoms, personal exposure to volatile organic compounds, children’s exposure to PM10 and metals, characterising emissions from specific sources and more recently the monitoring component of an NHMRC project on the relationship between air quality and men’s health. She has undertaken a number of projects using biomarkers of exposure, participating in both national and international studies and undertaking environmental sampling and analysis for a wide variety of pollutants.
Dr Graeme Zosky
Dr Graeme Zosky has a PhD in Zoology (UWA, 2003) and a Masters in Biostatistics (USyd, 2010). He spent 10 years (2003-2013) at the Telethon Kids Institute where he was a Principal Investigator (Faculty) and Head of the Lung Growth and Respiratory Environmental Health Group prior to moving to his current academic position as a Senior Lecturer in Physiology in the School of Medicine at the University of Tasmania. Dr Zosky is an expert on lung structure-function relationships and the development of novel techniques for the assessment of lung mechanics. Dr Zosky’s current research program is focused on the role of environmental exposures in determining lung growth and how this impacts on health and disease. He is also passionate about the impact of environmental exposures on health outcomes in disadvantaged populations; particularly remote Aboriginal communities in the arid regions of Australia.
Dr Yuming Guo
The impacts of air pollution on human health have been drawing increasing concern from the environmental health research community, government, society, and the general population. At the same time, temperature-related mortality has become a matter of increasing public health significance, especially because of climate change. The interactive effects between air pollutants and temperature on mortality is a key challenge to both society and government decision makers worldwide. In the proposed study, I will use advanced models to quantify the interactive effects of air pollutants and temperature on mortality.
Dr Caroline Lodge
Dr Caroline Lodge investigates the influence of air pollution on lung health, specifically addressing the two diseases which carry the largest burden, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Her research aims to improve the definition of exposure categories of air pollution and to improve classification of asthma through phenotyping, or grouping cases with similar features. Following phenotype classification in a long running cohort study, she will investigate relationships between these phenotypes and the development of COPD. Additionally,she will investigate how air pollution exposure influences the risk of belonging to each phenotype and the transition from asthma to COPD.
Dr Martine Dennekamp
Dr Martine Dennekamp is interested in investigating the health effects of smoke exposure from planned burns. She is also keen to understand
population level health effects looking at long and short term exposures to air pollutants on respiratory and cardiovascular health effects using Australian population-based registries or using strong study designs (cohort studies) of detailed health outcomes.
Dr Sam Clifford
Dr Sam Clifford works on spatio-temporal modelling of ultrafine particles and aims to quantify the spatial and temporal variation in air quality in the Brisbane Metropolitan Area. As a previous CAR postdoctoral fellow, he developed and applied models for analysis as diverse as personal sampling exposure data, clustering health and demographics survey data and meta-analysis of fungus and aerosol concentration.