Chief Investigators

Professor Guy Marks

Professor Guy Marks

Guy Marks is a respiratory physician, epidemiologist and Clinical Professor of Medicine University of Sydney. His main area of research has been in the fields of asthma and allergy and also environmental epidemiology. He is an investigator in several large epidemiological studies on health effects of outdoor and indoor air pollution. He is an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow and recipient of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand’s Research Medal in 2010. He received the NHMRC’s Award for the Achievement in 2010. He has supervised several PhD and Masters research projects as well as post-doctoral students.
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Professor Bin Jalaludin

Professor Bin Jalaludin

Professor Bin Jalaludin holds a medical degree and a doctorate in epidemiology, both from the University of Sydney and is currently Director, Centre for Research, Evidence Management and Surveillance, South Western Sydney Local Health District. He is also a conjoint professor at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, University of Sydney. He is on the board and the scientific committee of the Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit, on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Ingham Health Research Institute, on the editorial board of Environment Health, an active member of the International Collaboration on Air Pollution and Pregnancy Outcomes, and Deputy Chair of the South Western Sydney Local Health District Human Research Ethics Committee.

Professor Jalaludin conducted the first panel study in Australia investigating the respiratory effects of ambient air pollution on children’s lung function (funded by NSW Health and NHMRC) and more recently was the first to publish the effects of air pollution on birth outcomes and emergency department visits, as well as on the effects of bushfires on children’s respiratory health. Professor Jalaludin has undertaken air pollution consultancies with the NSW Department of Health, NSW Department of Environment and Conservation, Australian Institute of Sport, Coffey International and the World Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association. He has been a WHO short-term consultant to evaluate environmental and health information systems and environmental risk factors for asthma in Malaysia, and has conducted environmental epidemiology and air pollution workshops in both Malaysia and Hong Kong. Professor Jalaludin was awarded a NHMRC PHRDC Travelling Scholarship in 1991 to undertake a placement in the Air Pollution Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA.
Professor Bin Jalaludin University Profile

Professor Michael Abramson

Professor Michael Abramson

Michael is Deputy Head of the Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine and visiting medical officer in Allergy, Immunology & Respiratory medicine at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. He graduated in Medicine from Monash University in 1979 and received his PhD from the University of Newcastle in 1990 for research into occupational asthma. His current research program covers the epidemiology of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, including genetic and environmental risk factors such as air pollution and occupation. This work has been supported by the National Health & Medical Research Council and other granting bodies. Michael holds or has held positions on NHRMC Grant Panels, and committees of the Australian Lung Foundation, Thoracic Society of Australia & New Zealand and the National Asthma Council. He was a member of the Scientific Committees for the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology conference, the International Symposium on Epidemiology in Occupational Health and the Australasian Epidemiological Association conference. He has been an invited speaker at a number of international meetings. He received the research medal of TSANZ in 2011.
Professor Michael Abramson University Profile

Professor Gail Williams

Gail Williams is Professor of International Health Statistics at UQ. She has extensive experience in statistical and epidemiological methods applied to population health. Her specific statistical expertise lies in the area of longitudinal studies, specifically population-based intervention studies, long-term cohort studies, and time series studies. As part of this work Professor Williams has led a team of statisticians who have developed innovative ways of analysing data derived from longitudinal studies.
Professor Gail Williams University Profile

Emeritus Professor Stephen Leeder

Professor Stephen Leeder

Professor Leeder’s research interest in air pollution began in 1968 when he observed the impact of domestic fire smoke on the respiratory health of children in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. In 1971 he worked with Professor Ann Woolcock and others from the University of Sydney on a study of 12,000 schoolchildren in which factors affecting their lung function were of interest. Subsequently Stephen worked in London at St Thomas Hospital and led a study with Professor Walter Holland and Professor John Colley defined for the first time a dose-response relationship between parental smoking and the respiratory health of children aged 0-5 years.
In western Sydney Stephen worked with Dr Bin Jalaludin on studies of low levels of fine particle pollution on human health. Dr Jalaludin was also interested in the impact of bushfire smoke on health. More recently he chaired an advisory committee overseeing the elegant research of Professor Guy Marks and his colleagues into the health effects on schoolchildren of unflued gas heaters. In short, Professor Leeder sees air pollution as a major environmental health challenge for the future

Professor Leeder is a professor of public health and community medicine at the University of Sydney and is currently a Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy and Chair of the Western Sydney Local Health District Governing Council.
Professor Stephen Leeder University Profile

Professor Lidia Morawska

Professor Lidia Morawska

Lidia Morawska is a Professor at the Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia, and the Director of the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health (ILAQH) at QUT, which is a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization on Research and Training in the field of Air Quality and Health. She conducts fundamental and applied research in the interdisciplinary field of air quality and its impact on human health and the environment, with a specific focus on science of airborne particulate matter (ultrafine and nanoparticles). Professor Morawska is a physicist and received her doctorate at the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland for research on radon and its progeny. Prior to joining QUT she spent several years in Canada conducting research first at McMaster University in Hamilton as a Fellow of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and later at the University of Toronto. Dr Morawska is an author of over three hundred journal papers, book chapters and conference papers. She has also been involved at the executive level with a number of relevant national and international professional bodies and has been acting as an advisor to the World Health Organization. She is a past President of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate.
Professor Lidia Morawska University Profile

Professor Alison Jones

Professor Alison Jones

Prof Alison Jones had 8 years’ experience at the National Poisons Information Service (London) providing 24/7 Consultant level advice in poisoning/ chemical incidents and actively managing poisoned patients on behalf of the largest poisons centre world-wide. She spent in addition to this role three years as Deputy Director of the Chemical Incident Response service at that centre and three years’ experience as the overall Director of the National Poisons Information Service centre (89 toxicology staff including chemical incident response, 24/7 poisons advice centre, analytical toxicology laboratory and veterinary poisoning advice service) and three years as the Head of Medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital. Professor Jones, has also previously as Director of the London centre, has provided confidential Professional advice to competent authorities such as Government departments on toxicology issues at an expert level. She has provided risk assessment, risk communication and active advice in the management of chemical incidents and terrorist events, such as active involvement as the duty Consultant toxicologist at the London centre on the day of the 7/7 London bombings in 2005.

Since arriving in Australia Professor Jones has worked as an independent toxicologist to help with the health surveillance strategy and risk communication around lead pollution in Esperance WA, has been the toxicology advisor to NSW Health, to FSANZ and has provided clinical toxicology advice to the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing on a number of matters. She is an active clinician, actively involved in the management of poisoned and general medical patients at the Calvary mater hospital in Newcastle, and thus brings active clinical expertise to toxicology work. She frequently presents in International toxicology meetings, predominantly in the USA. Her active research interests are in clinical toxicology (including antidotes) , pharmacology, risk assessment and risk communication. She has also undertaken work on behalf of WHO International Programme on Chemical Safety and the EU on chemical incident/ monitoring/ toxicosurveillance.
Professor Alison Jones University Profile

Associate Professor Geoff Morgan

Associate Professor Geoff Morgan

Associate Professor Geoff Morgan has more than 15 years’ experience in epidemiological research, as well as environmental health policy and education. The results of his research have been translated into environmental health and health services policy. His current work includes epidemiological studies into: the health effects of smoke from various sources including bushfires and wood heaters; the effects of drinking water quality on health; the health effects of heatwaves; the relationship between neighbourhood walkability and health; and the impact of care coordination on the management of patients with chronic disease. Geoff has a joint appointment with the University Centre for Rural Health, School of Public Health, University of Sydney and the Northern NSW Local Health District.
A/Professor Geoff Morgan University Profile

Professor Shyamali Dharmage

Professor Shyamali Dharmage

Professor Shyamali Dharmage is a Principal Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. She has coordinated a range of undergraduate and post graduate teaching programs during her academic career. She has extensive experience in the design, conduct and analysis of large epidemiological studies. She currently leads the Research Program in Allergy and Respiratory Diseases in the Centre for MEGA Epidemiology that includes two of the world’s key longitudinal studies in allergies i.e. Tasmanian Longitudinal Health Study (TAHS) and Melbourne Atopy Family Cohort Study (MACS). Both TAHS and MACS are currently funded by the NHMRC and the team includes doctoral students and post doctoral fellows working at the forefront of allergy and airway disease research. In addition she is a co-investigator of other NHMRC funded epidemiology studies in allergies including Health Nuts and Melbourne Asthma Pollen study in Childhood. She is also a collaborator of the European Community Respiratory Health Survey that is being conducted in 28 countries including Australia and the co-chair of the Early Life Risk Factors Working Group within this international study.
Professor Shyamali Dharmage University Profile