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Emer O'Connell

Emer OConnell is a senior public health advisor at UKHSA, previously interim head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at Public Health England. Emer is a Consultant in Public Health with an interest in environmental public health. Her role is based in London, within the Health Protection and Medical Directorate of Public Health England.

Emer has a Masters in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a PhD in Public Health and Population Science from University College Dublin. She focused her public health speciality training on health protection, spending most of the 5 year programme working within different teams across PHE. More recently, she spent a year working with Transport for London where she focused on the public health impacts of air quality.

Thunderstorm asthma and public health – looking back to move forward

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Thunderstorm asthma: As spring blossoms and we approach the season for these events, in this blog we take a look at the interplay between the weather and our health and how we can use our scientific surveillance systems to inform future public health responses.