Name: David Strachan
Position: Professor of epidemiology, Head of the Population Health Research Centre
Division: Population Health Sciences and Education
Research centre: Population Health
Tel: +44(0)208 725 5429
Asthma, allergic disease, respiratory disease, genetic epidemiology, environmental epidemiology, international comparisons.
Professor David Strachan joined St George’s as a senior lecturer in 1990, following undergraduate education at Cambridge and Edinburgh universities, vocational training in general practice, and four years of epidemiological research at the University of Edinburgh and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
In 1999, he was awarded the European Respiratory Society prize for paediatric respiratory research in Europe (jointly with Professor Derek Cook, also from St George’s), for systematic reviews of the effects of parental smoking on health of children.
Professor Strachan was a founder member of the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) which completed the first global assessment of geographical variations and time trends in the prevalence and severity of childhood asthma, rhinitis and eczema. He served on the ISAAC Executive for 20 years until the completion of the study at the end of 2012.
Professor Strachan was associate editor of Thorax from 1996 to 2006 and has served on several advisory committees of the UK Department of Health, the Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust and the National Institute for Health Research. He was chair of examiners for the UK Faculty of Public Health from 2006 to 2009 and continued until 2012 to lead development of the Part A (written) Faculty of Public Health examination.