1980 …2020

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Research interests

My research is concerned with understanding the links between human health and exposure to chemicals, pesticides, asbestos, and other risk factors.

Recent research projects include:

  • A study of UV exposure and vitamin D status amongst outdoor construction workers.
  • A health impact assessment of air pollution in Thailand - TAPHIA.
  • The Heading study of professional soccer players and their brain helath.
  • HEALS, which is a very large pan European project that is developing methods for Health and Environment-wide Associations based on Large population Surveys.
  • ConstructHealth.sg, where we are making an assessment of the amount disease associated with the construction industry in Singapore, and providing clear strategies to minimize the amount of this disease in the future.

Much of my research is related to the risk of occupational cancer, and I have recently been involved with three epidemiological studies looking at risks from inorganic lead exposure, risks from exposure to tungsten carbide with cobalt binder and from work in the British rubber industry.

I am also interested in improving occupational and environmental exposure assessment for epidemiological studies of neurodegenerative disease, modeling exposure to metals from contaminated land, and pesticide exposure for workers and people living near to land where pesticides are applied.

I work closely with scientists at the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM), where I am based part-time. 

Biography

I graduated in Physics from Edinburgh University in 1977 and went to work at the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM). My early career involved measuring exposure to airborne fibres, both asbestos and man-made mineral fibres. The latter work was in support of a large European epidemiology study coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).  I developed an interest in occupational hygiene, and the science behind occupational exposure to harmful agents. In 1991 I joined the University of Aberdeen to set up a Masters course in occupational hygiene. During this time I developed my interest in retrospective occupational exposure assessment for epidemiological studies, and this work formed the basis of my PhD, which I received in 1996. In 2003 I rejoined the IOM and took on the role of Research Director. During this time I broadened my research interested to encompass the “exposome”, human exposure assessment, occupational cancer, environmental and occupational epidemiology, natural and synthetic fibres, dermal exposure and air pollution. In 2015 I took up a chair in Human Health at Heriot Watt University. 

I am a Chartered Fellow of the Faculty of the British Occupational Hygiene Society (CFFOH).

I co-wrote the textbook Monitoring for Health Hazards at Work, published by Wiley-Blackwell. Translated into Chinese in 2011. We are currently updating the book to the 5th edition. 

I was President of the British Occupational Hygiene Society 2007/08.

Winner of the Bedford Medal 2014.

Jeffrey S. Lee Lecturer 2012.

Member of the Editorial Board for the Annals of Work Exposures and Health, and I am a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

I have served on the… 

The Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (current)

Health and Safety Executive - Workplace Health Expert Committee (current)

Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - Advisory Committee on Pesticides, 2002 - 2008

Health and Safety Executive - Committee on Fibre Measurement, 1992 - date

Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - Expert Panel on Air Quality Standards, 1994 – 2003   

Veterinary Medicines Directorate - Appraisal Panel For Human Suspected Adverse Reactions To Veterinary Medicines, 1998 – 2002   

 

External positions

Institute of Occupational Medicine

1979 → …

Keywords

  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • Occupational health
  • Exposome
  • Cancer
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Epidemiology
  • Asbestos
  • Skin exposure

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Research Output

Ambient particulate matter and biomass burning: an ecological time series study of respiratory and cardiovascular hospital visits in northern Thailand

Mueller, W., Loh, M., Vardoulakis, S., Johnston, H. J., Steinle, S., Precha, N., Kliengchuay, W., Tantrakarnapa, K. & Cherrie, J. W., 3 Jul 2020, In : Environmental Health. 19, 1, 77.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Calibration of the Welding Advanced REACH Tool (weldART)

    Sailabaht, A., Wang, F. & Cherrie, J. W., Jun 2020, In : International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health. 227, 113519.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Covid-19: Protecting Worker Health

    Semple, S. & Cherrie, J. W., Jun 2020, In : Annals of Work Exposures and Health. 64, 5, p. 461-464 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    4 Citations (Scopus)

    Decontamination of respirators in the covid-19 pandemic

    Loh, M., Cherrie, J. W. & Aitken, R. J., 18 May 2020, In : BMJ. 369, m1986.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

    Prizes

    Thomas Bedford Medal

    Cherrie, John W. (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    • 10 Invited talk
    • 2 Membership of committee
    • 1 Membership of council

    Natural Environment Research Council (External organisation)

    John W. Cherrie (Chair)

    2019 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

    Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (External organisation)

    John W. Cherrie (Chair)

    2019 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership of council

    Lane Lecture

    John W. Cherrie (Speaker)

    2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Keynote speaker at the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygiene

    John W. Cherrie (Speaker)

    2017 → …

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk