Researcher

Dr Nicholas Osborne

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

Dr Osborne, BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD is an epidemiologist and toxicologist with research interests in using environmental epidemiology to examine aetiology and pathological pathways of disease. He has worked on a range of projects examining environmental exposures and health outcomes including exposure to metals, pollen, mould, chronic exposures to low levels of chemicals, pesticide and cyanotoxins.  He also has experience examining how exposure to...view more

Dr Osborne, BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD is an epidemiologist and toxicologist with research interests in using environmental epidemiology to examine aetiology and pathological pathways of disease. He has worked on a range of projects examining environmental exposures and health outcomes including exposure to metals, pollen, mould, chronic exposures to low levels of chemicals, pesticide and cyanotoxins.  He also has experience examining how exposure to environmental may increase health and wellbeing (green/bluespace and solar irradiance and vitamin D).

He has developed skills in the linkage of environmental and population health data in an interdisciplinary context, and has expertise in design, linkage, hypothesis formulation, analysis, interpretation, translation and dissemination.

He has experience in designing and collecting epidemiological data and initiating studies of primary collected data (HealthIron, HealthNuts, Cornwall Housing Study, Survey of Recreational Water Users, Monitoring of Meniere’s Symptoms).

He also has used secondary data from existing cohorts (NHANES, UK Biobank, 1958 Birth Cohort, British Household Survey, Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study, South Asian Clinical Toxicology Research Collaboration), as well as linkage of previously unconnected “big data” sets in mashups on novel platforms (MEDMI project).  He has used traditional statistical methods such as linear/logistic regression, time series analysis, interrupted time series and Cox regression to ascertain associations between exposures and outcomes, as well as integrating confirmatory structured equation modelling with environmental/health data sets to construct conceptual diagrams of associations and assess pathway directions.

He has supervised 6 PhD students to completion (2 primary supervisor, 4 co-supervisor) and currently supervises 1 PhD student. He has taught into the MSc in Environment and Human Health at University of Exeter Medical School, UK.  He has been associate editor of Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health since 2011. He is a member of Australasian Epidemiology Association, International Society of Environmental Epidemiology and International Epidemiology Association.

He has previously worked at the Universities of Sydney, Exeter, Melbourne, Portsmouth, Queensland and Flinders, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Cancer Council Victoria. He completed his PhD at the School of Population Health, University of Queensland/National Research Centre of Environmental Toxicology working on the toxicology and public health effects of cyanobacterial toxins in southeast Queensland.

 

 

 


My Grants

Title

A molecular taxonomic workflow for understanding pollen deposition: validating bio-aerosol models and implications for human health

Budget

£1.2M

Period

Mar 2016 - Feb 2019

 

To provide a spatially and temporally explicit approach to understand taxon-specific pollen deposition across the UK and provide linkages to the human allergic response

CI list

Creer S, Skjoth C, de Vere N, Griffith GW, Hollingsworth P, Osborne NJ

Agency

NERC


My Qualifications

PhD, University of Queensland, School of Population Health

MAgSci, University of Queensland, School of Land and Food


My Awards

Fellow Higher Education Academy, UK


My Research Activities

Pollen and Health outcomes

Osteoporosis and exposure to solar radiation

Risk factors for the consumption of pesticides


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

epidemiology, toxicology, allergy, cyanobacteria, low dose chronic exposure, chronic kidney disease, pollen


Currently supervising

Co-supervising 1 PhD student, University of Exeter

1 x Professional Doctorate in Applied Public Health, UNSW


My Expertise

epidemiology pollen asthma metals toxicology cyanobacteria lyngbya environmental epidemiology cyanobacteria

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Location

Samuels

Contact

+61293851929

Videos

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