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Dr Christine Cowie

SWS Clinical School
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c.cowie@unsw.edu.au

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Dr Christine Cowie is an environmental epidemiologist and Senior Research Fellow with the UNSW South West Sydney Clinical School and the Centre for Air Quality and Health Research and Evaluation (CAR) based at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research (WIMR). Her major research focus is in quantifying the health effects of air pollution exposures and developing appropriate tools for exposure measurement. She has a special interest in the health effects of traffic related exposures. Christine managed the Air Quality and Respiratory Health Study (AQRHS) which investigated changes to air quality and health before and after opening of the Lane Cove Tunnel in Sydney. Current work includes development of a land use regression model for estimating NO2 for application to a birth cohort in western Sydney and investigating the effect of genetic polymorphisms on the relationship between air pollution exposure and respiratory outcomes.

She has a broad background in environmental health, encompassing research, teaching at the University of Sydney in the Master of Public Health, and policy implementation with the NSW Health Department for over ten years as well as work with a Public Health Unit. Her work with the NSW Health Department’s Environmental Health Branch focussed on water quality and lead contamination issues and she established and managed the Water Unit within the EHB.

 

Research
Field of Research (FOR) Tag: 
Public Health and Health Services