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Prof Damien McElvenny

Damien is a principal epidemiologist who has worked in the Statistics and Toxicology Section of Research Division since 2011.  He is an Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Central Lancashire, an Honorary Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Manchester.  He has over 30 years' experience working in a variety roles relating to the statistical analysis of health data in the public and private sector.  Damien was chair of the Local Organising Committee for the EPICOH 2017 conference, the premier international conference on epidemiology in occupational health, which was held in Edinburgh.  

Research Interests:

  • The carcinogenicity of formaldehyde
  • Meta-analysis methodology
  • Shift working and cancer
  • Trauma and cancer
  • Neurodegenerative disease in professional sportspersons
  • Occupational surveillance of silica-exposed workers
  • The interrelationship between work and health in older workers
  • Issues relating to return to work in cancer survivors
  • Chronic kidney disease in workers in hot climates
  • Neurodegenerative disease in workers exposed to pesticides
  • Estimating the prevalence of occupational carcinogens and agents that cause respiratory diseases
  • Screening former asbestos workers for mesothelioma 

Contact Details:


  • BSc (Hons)
  • MSc
  • PhD
  • CStat
  • CSci

Committee and Society Memberships:

  • Honorary Member of the Society of Occupational Medicine
  • Royal Statistical Society (Chartered Statistician and Chartered Scientist)
  • Industrial Injuries Advisory Council
  • Expert Committee on Pesticides
  • International Epidemiological Association
  • International Commission on Occupational Health
  • IOSH Research Committee
  • Occupational Medicine Editorial Board
  • Society for Social Medicine

Selected Publications:

McElvenny DM, Crawford JO, Davis A, Dixon K, Alexander C, Cowie H, Cherrie JW.  A review of the impact of shift work on occupational cancer.  Part 1 =- Epidemiological evidence.  Policy Practice Health Safety.  Accepted.

Crawford JO, Cherrie JW, Davis A, Dixon K, Alexander C, Cowie H, Cherrie JW, McElvenny DM.  A review of the impact of shift work on occupational cancer.  Part 2 – Mechanistic and Health and Safety Evidence.  Policy Practice Health Safety.  Accepted.

Cherrie JW, Crawford JO, Davis A, Dixon K, Alexander C, Cowie H, McElvenny DM.  A review of the impact of shift work on occupational cancer.  Summary of the Evidence for Practitioners.  Policy Practice Health Safety.  Accepted.

Gallo V, McElvenny D, Hobbs C, Davoren D, Morris H, Crutch S, Zetterberg H, Fox NC, Kemp S, Cross M, Arden N, Davies M, Malaspina A, Pearce N.  Brain health and healthy AgeINg in retired rugby union players, the BRAIN study – study protocol.  Br Med J Open.  Accepted.

Marsh GM, Buchanich JM, Zimmerman S, Liu Y, Balmert LC, Graves J, Kennedy KJ, Esmen NA, Hoshammer H, Morfeld P, Erren T, Gross JV, Yong M, Svartengren M, McElvenny D, Cherrie J.  Mortality among hardmetal production workers: Pooled analysis of cohort data from an international investigation.  J Occup Environ Med.  Accepted.

Cherrie JW, McElvenny D, Blyth KG.  Estimating past inhalation exposure to asbestos: A tool for risk attribution and disease screening.  Int J Hyg Environ Health 2017.  Epub ahead of print.

McElvenny DM, van Tongeren M, Turner MC, Benke G, Figuerola J, Fleming S, Hours M, Kincl L, Krewski D, McLean D, Parent ME, Richardson L, Schlehofer B, Sclaefer K, Sadetski S, Schiuz J, Siemiatycki J, Cardis E.  The INTEROCC case-control study: Risk of meningioma and occupational exposure to selected combustion products, dusts and other chemical agents.  Occup Environ Med 2017.  Epub ahead of print.

McElvenny DM, MacCalman LA, Sleeuwenhoek A, Davis A, Miller BG, Alexander C, Cowie H, Cherrie JW, Kennedy KJ, Esmen NA, Zimmerman SD, Buchanich JM, Marsh GM.  Mortality among hardmetal production worker: UK cohort and nested case-control studies.  J Occup Environ Med 2017.

Steenland K, Barry V, Anttila A, Sallmen M, McElvenny D, Todd AC, Straif K.  A cohort mortality study of lead-exposed workers in the USA, Finland and UK.  Occup Environ Med 2017; epub ahead of print.

Little MP, McElvenny DM. Male Breast Cancer Incidence and Mortality Risk in the Japanese Atomic Bomb Survivors - Differences in Excess Relative and Absolute Risk from Female Breast Cancer. Environ Health Perspect. 2017; 25(2): 223-229.

Pearce N, Gallo V, McElvenny D. Head trauma in sport and neurodegenerative disease: an issue whose time has come? Neurobiol Aging. 2015 Mar;36(3):1383-9.

McElvenny DM, Miller BG, MacCalman LA, Sleeuwenhoek A, van Tongeren M, Shepherd K, et al. Mortality of a cohort of workers in Great Britain with blood lead measurements. Occup Environ Med. 2015 Sep;72(9):625-32.