Professor Anderson is Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health in the Population Health Research Institute. He has a longstanding interest in the epidemiology of asthma and the health effects of air pollution.
His early air pollution research was into the effects of indoor biomass burning in Papua New Guinea but over recent decades he has been mainly concerned with outdoor air pollution. The body of his research in this area has been concerned with time-series studies in the UK, Europe and Hong Kong and has included extensive systematic reviews and meta-analyses of time-series studies.
More recently Prof Anderson has been investigating the effects of long term exposure to air pollution using health datasets from the UK and the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood. His main current interest is in investigating the health effects of traffic pollution in London.
Professor Anderson is now working in a part-time capacity at St George's, and King's College London. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He is currently a member of the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants, and a member of the Executive of the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health He is also a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Scientific Advisory Committee for the Review of Evidence of Health Aspects of Air Pollution (REVIHAAP) and for Health Risks of Air Pollution in Europe (HRAPIE).
Professor Anderson is co-chair of two expert groups within the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors programme: Outdoor Air Pollution and Chronic Respiratory Disease.
Recent external activities have included the Scientific Advisory Committee for the recent WHO updates of outdoor and indoor air quality guidelines, membership of the US Health Effects Institute Review Committee and Steering Committee of the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood.
Wong GW, Brunekreef B, Ellwood P, Anderson HR, Asher MI, Crane J, Lai CK, for the ISAAC Phase three Study Group. Cooking fuels and prevalence of asthma: a global analysis of phase three of the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC). Lancet Resp (Online first 31 May 2013). doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(08)61345-8
Carey IM, Atkinson RW, Kent AJ, van Staa T, Cook DG, Anderson HR. Mortality Associations with Long-Term Exposure to Outdoor Air Pollution in a National English Cohort. Am J Respir Crit Care Med (Epub) 03 Apr 2013.
Atkinson RW, Carey IM, Kent AJ, van Staa TP, Anderson HR, Cook DG. Long-term exposure to outdoor air pollution and incidence of cardiovascular diseases. Epidemiology 2013; 24(1):44-53.
Lim SS, Vos T, Flaxman AD, Danaei G, Shibuya K, Adair-Rohani H, Amann M, Anderson HR, Andrews KG, Aryee M, Atkinson C, Bacchus LJ, Bahalim AN, Balakrishnan K, Balmes J, Barker-Collo S, Baxter A, Bell ML, Blore JD, Blyth F, Bonner C, Borges G, et al. A comparative risk assessment of burden of disease and injury attributable to 67 risk factors and risk factor clusters in 21 regions, 1990-2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. Lancet. 2012 Dec 15;380(9859):2224-60. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(12)61766-8
Anderson HR, Favarato G, Atkinson RW. Long-term exposure to air pollution and the incidence of asthma: meta-analysis of cohort studies. Air Qual Atmos Health 2013; 6: 47-56. (Online First 6 April 2011). DOI: 10.1007/s11869-011-0144-5
Anderson HR, Favarato G, Atkinson RW. Long-term exposure to outdoor air pollution and the prevalence of asthma: meta-analysis of multi-community prevalence studies. Air Qual Atmos Health 2013; 6: 57-68. (Online First 19 April 2011) DOI: 10.1007/s11869-011-0145-4
Anderson HR, Armstrong B, Hajat S, Harrison R, Monk V, Poloniecki J, Timmis A, Wilkinson P. Air pollution and activation of implantable cardioverter defibrillators in London. Epidemiology 2010; 21(3): 405-413
Anderson HR. Air pollution and mortality: A history. Atmospheric Environment 2009; 43(1):142-152
Professor Frank Kelly (King’s College London)
Dr Richard Atkinson (St George's, University of London)
- A study of the concentration-response relationship for the effects of ozone on health (2009-2011) - £168,634
- An investigation of the effects of long term exposure to air pollution on cardiorespiratory morbidity in a large population cohort (2009-2012) - £196,938
- A systematic review and quantitative meta-analysis of the evidence for associations between chronic & short-term exposure to outdoor pollutants and health (2012-2013) - £129,727
- Traffic Pollution and Health in London (2011-2015) - £400,490