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Thomas Ashton Institute for Risk and Regulatory Research

Watch again: Lane Lecture 2022 - Have workplace studies had their day?, with Guest Speaker Professor Nicola Cherry

25 August 2022

Improving health and safety in the workplace – or the best management of occupational ill-health when it occurs – needs to be evidence based.

Images of people in a variety of work settings

But as time goes by the collection of data on workers and their exposures seems to be replaced by data linkage and systematic reviews that may give sustenance to policy makers but do little to address and resolve workplace issues.

If the cardinal role of occupational health research is to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions, can we achieve all the steps along that path without studying the workplace itself?

Guest speaker - Professor Nicola Cherry

Nicola Cherry came to Manchester as Professor of Occupational Medicine in 1991, after appointments with the MRC (at the London School of Economics), the TUC Institute of Occupational Health (at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and the School of Occupational Health at McGill University.

She was the 4th professor at Manchester (after Ronald Lane, Tommy Scott and Tim Lee) and set up the Lane Lecture in 1992. She became Head of the School of Epidemiology and Health Sciences, which incorporated occupational medicine, but returned to Canada, to the University of Alberta, in search of a research life without an administrative role.

This was delayed by a period as Chair of Public Health and then Director of the Division of Preventive Medicine, but finally came about with the privilege of an endowed chair – the Tripartite Chair in Occupational Health – her current position.

Watch the lecture again on YouTube

Access the presentation from Professor Cherry (PDF format)

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