IOM senior scientist, Dr Ioannis Basinas, awarded Thomas Bedford Memorial Prize

10.12.2018

The Thomas Bedford Memorial Prize has been awarded to Dr Ioannis Basinas and co-authors for the most outstanding paper published in the Annals of Work Exposures over a two year period, following a recommendation by the Editorial Board.

Senior IOM scientist Dr Ioannis Basinas led the study that observed a reduction in dust exposure to farmers through the implementation of a simple intervention based on information regarding their actual exposure levels and general exposure reduction measures.

The winning paper "Feedback on measured dust concentrations reduces exposure levels among farmers” was co-authored by; Torben Sigsgaard, Jakob Hjort Bønløkke, Nils Testrup Andersen, Øyvind Omland, Hans Kromhout, and Vivi Schlünssen. The prize will be awarded at next year’s OH2019 conference in Brighton. 

“This paper highlights the positive reductions that can be realised by making measurement results and simple information available, in this case, to farmers. This very simple and cost-efficient exposure reduction approach can, however, be applied more widely to assist exposure reduction programs in workplaces. Along with my co-authors, I’m honoured to accept this award.” Dr Ioannis Basinas
About the Author
Dr Ioannis Basinas Senior Scientist

Ioannis is an exposure scientist and chartered statistician with a background in epidemiology, working as a Senior Scientist in IOM's Research Division. His research activities focus primarily on the assessment of human exposure to dangerous substances including bio-aerosols, inorganic dusts, pesticides, nanomaterials and other chemical agents both in support of regulatory and epidemiological research.  Ioannis has substantial experience on the assessment of exposure to organic dusts and the related health risks particularly among agricultural working populations and a strong interest on the use of statistical modelling as a method for improving quantitative exposure and risk assessment for population studies. Recent activities, among others, include research aiming to characterise levels of exposure to pesticide in workplaces, the improvement of methodologies available for pesticide exposure in occupational epidemiological research, evaluation exercises of the exposure tools used within REACH, the exposure assessment for a study of cognitive impairment in former English professional footballers, and the evaluation of trends in exposure to dangerous substances at an EU level. Ioannis won the Thomas Bedford Memorial Prize in 2018.

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Qualifications:

  • PhD in Medicine (Specialization: Occupational epidemiology and hygiene)
  • MSc in Toxicology and Environmental Epidemiology
  • BSc in Environmental sciences

Committee and Society Memberships:

  • Royal Statistical Society: Chartered Statistician (CStat)  

Research Interests:

  • Quantitative exposure assessment
  • Statistical modeling of exposure
  • Assessment of health risks
  • Exposure control and prevention
  • Intervention studies