Dr Richard Atkinson is Reader in Epidemiology working in the field of environmental epidemiology in the Population Health Research Institute.
His research interests include the health effects of outdoor air pollution and aeroallergens, statistical methods in epidemiology, time series and cohort studies.
Dr Atkinson is currently working on time series and cohort studies on the health effects of short and long term exposure to air pollution and systematic reviews funded by the Department of Health. He is a member of the Government Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollution (COMEAP).
Dr Atkinson has participated in a number of European collaborations studying air pollution and health, including the projects 'Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation', 'Air Pollution and Health: a European and North American Approach' and 'Air Pollution and Health: a European Information System'.
Dr Atkinson received his PhD in Epidemiology from London University in 2006 and has also completed the postgraduate certificate in Healthcare Education at St George’s.
Henschell, Le Tertre, Atkinson, Querol et al. 1999 to 2010 trends of ambient air nitrogen oxides in 9 European cities. Atmospheric Environment 2015 In press
Mills IC, Atkinson RW, Kang S, Walton H, Anderson HR (2015). Quantitative systematic review of the associations between short-term exposure to nitrogen dioxide and mortality and hospital admissions. BMJ Open, 5(5), e006946. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006946
Pirani M, Best N, Blangiardo M, Liverani S, Atkinson RW, Fuller GW (2015). Analysing the health effects of simultaneous exposure to physical and chemical properties of airborne particles. Environ Int, 79, 56-64. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2015.02.010
Rodopoulou S, Samoli E, Analitis A, Atkinson RW, de’Donato FK, Katsouyanni K (2015) Searching for the best modeling specification for assessing the effects of temperature and humidity on health: a time series analysis in three European cities. Int J Biometeorol. DOI 10.1007/s00484-015-0965-2
Atkinson R W, Mills IC, Walton HA, Anderson HR (2015). Fine particle components and health--a systematic review and meta-analysis of epidemiological time series studies of daily mortality and hospital admissions. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol, 25(2), 208-214. doi: 10.1038/jes.2014.63
Atkinson RW, Carey IM, Kent AJ, van Staa TP, Anderson HR, Cook DG (2015). Long-term exposure to outdoor air pollution and the incidence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in a national English cohort. Occup Environ Med, 72(1), 42-48. doi: 10.1136/oemed-2014-102266
Samoli E, Peng RD, Ramsay T, Touloumi G, Dominici F, Atkinson RW, . . . Katsouyanni, K (2014). What is the impact of systematically missing exposure data on air pollution health effect estimates?. Air Qual Atmos Health, 7(4), 415-420. doi:10.1007/s11869-014-0250-2
Williams ML, Atkinson RW, Anderson HR, Kelly FJ (2014). Associations between daily mortality in London and combined oxidant capacity, ozone and nitrogen dioxide. Air Qual Atmos Health, 7(4), 407-414. doi:10.1007/s11869-014-0249-8
Favarato G, Anderson HR, Atkinson R, Fuller G, Mills I, Walton H (2014). Traffic-related pollution and asthma prevalence in children. Quantification of associations with nitrogen dioxide.. Air Qual Atmos Health, 7(4), 459-466. doi:10.1007/s11869-014-0265-8
Chanel O, Henschel S, Goodman PG, Analitis A, Atkinson RW, Le Tertre A., . . . Aphekom group. (2014). Economic valuation of the mortality benefits of a regulation on SO2 in 20 European cities.. Eur J Public Health, 24(4), 631-637. doi:10.1093/eurpub/cku018
Le Tertre A, Henschel S, Atkinson RW, Analitis A, Zeka A, Katsouyanni K., . . . Medina S. (2014). Impact of legislative changes to reduce the sulphur content in fuels in Europe on daily mortality in 20 European cities: an analysis of data from the Aphekom project. AIR QUALITY ATMOSPHERE AND HEALTH, 7(1), 83-91. doi:10.1007/s11869-013-0215-x
Atkinson RW, Kang S, Anderson HR, Mills IC, Walton HA (2014). Epidemiological time series studies of PM2.5 and daily mortality and hospital admissions: a systematic review and meta-analysis.Thorax, 69(7), 660-665. doi:10.1136/thoraxjnl-2013-204492
Analitis A, Michelozzi P, D'Ippoliti D, De'Donato F, Menne B, Matthies F, . . . Katsouyanni K (2014). Effects of heat waves on mortality: effect modification and confounding by air pollutants. Epidemiology, 25(1), 15-22. doi:10.1097/EDE.0b013e31828ac01b
Butland BK., Armstrong, B., Atkinson, R. W., Wilkinson, P., Heal, M. R., Doherty, R. M., . . . Vieno, M. (2013). Measurement error in time-series analysis: a simulation study comparing modelled and monitored data.. BMC Med Res Methodol, 13, 136. doi:10.1186/1471-2288-13-136
Henschel, S., Querol, X., Atkinson, R., Pandolfi, M., Zeka, A., Le Tertre, A., . . . Goodman, P. G. (2013). Ambient air SO2 patterns in 6 European cities. ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT, 79, 236-247. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2013.06.008
Carey, I. M., Atkinson, R. W., Kent, A. J., van Staa, T., Cook, D. G., & Anderson, H. R. (2013). Mortality associations with long-term exposure to outdoor air pollution in a national English cohort.. Am J Respir Crit Care Med, 187(11), 1226-1233. doi:10.1164/rccm.201210-1758OC
Atkinson, R. W., Carey, I. M., Kent, A. J., van Staa, T. P., Anderson, H. R., & Cook, D. G. (2013). Long-term exposure to outdoor air pollution and incidence of cardiovascular diseases.. Epidemiology, 24(1), 44-53. doi:10.1097/EDE.0b013e318276ccb8
Atkinson, R. W., Cohen, A., Metha, S., & Anderson, H. R. (2012). A Systematic review and meta-analysis of epidemiological time-series studies on outdoor air pollution and health in Asia. Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health, 5(4), 383-391. doi:10.1007/s11869-010-0123-2
Henschel, S., Atkinson, R., Zeka, A., Le Tertre, A., Analitis, A., Katsouyanni, K., . . . Goodman, P. G. (2012). Air pollution interventions and their impact on public health.. Int J Public Health, 57(5), 757-768. doi:10.1007/s00038-012-0369-6
Peng, R. D., Samoli, E., Pham, L., Dominici, F., Touloumi, G., Ramsay, T., . . . Samet, J. M. (n.d.). Acute effects of ambient ozone on mortality in Europe and North America: results from the APHENA study. Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health. doi:10.1007/s11869-012-0180-9
Atkinson, R. W., Yu, D., Armstrong, B. G., Pattenden, S., Wilkinson, P., Doherty, R. M., . . . Anderson, H. R. (2012). Concentration-response function for ozone and daily mortality: results from five urban and five rural U.K. populations.. Environ Health Perspect, 120(10), 1411-1417. doi:10.1289/ehp.1104108
Professor Frank Kelly, Kings College London, ‘TRAFFIC’ project. http://www.kcl.ac.uk/lsm/research/divisions/aes/research/ERG/research-projects/traffic/index.aspx
2011 Systematic review and quantitative meta-analysis of the evidence for associations between chronic and short-term exposure to outdoor air pollutants and health. RW Atkinson (PI), HR Anderson, H Walton. DH PRP 002/0037. 1 January 2012 - -31 December 2012.
2011 Air Pollution and weather-related health impacts: methodological study based on spatiotemporally disaggregated multi-pollutant models P Wilkinson (PI); RW Atkinson (CoPI) & others NERC 1 January 2011-31 December 2014.
2011 Traffic Pollution and Health in London. F Kelly (PI), RW Atkinson CoPI & others. NERC 1 January 2011 – 31 December 2014 (SGUL: PW/DGC/RWA)
2009 A study of the concentration response relationship for the effects of ozone on health. Principal investigator. Department of Health
2009 An investigation of the effects of long term exposure to air pollution on cardiorespiratory morbidity in a large population cohort. Principal investigator. Department of Health
2008 APHEKOM Improving Knowledge and Communication for Decision Making on Air Pollution and Health in Europe. Medina and Forsberg (PIS) and others (SGUL PI)
MBBS 5 Population Health and Evidence Based Medicine
HCS Year 2 Module Lead, Research Methods
Inga Mills, Division of Population Health Sciences and Education, Principal Supervisor
Monca Pirani, Kings College London,co-supervisor
Nuredin Mohammed, University of Birmingham, co-supervisor