Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Visiting Professor







Norfolk PlaceSt Mary's Campus





Francesco Forastiere, MD, Ph.D, is with the National Research Council (CNR) in Palermo, Italy and is visiting professor at Imperial College, London. He has served for 37 years as a public health officer the Department of Epidemiology, Lazio Region Health Service, Rome. With a medical background in respiratory and occupational medicine, Master of Science in Epidemiology (LSHTM) and Ph.D. in Epidemiology (Linkoping, Sweden), he has conducted studies on the health effects of numerous environmental and occupational exposures. PI in several EC funded projects. Author or co-author of more than 500 full papers in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. Temporary adviser for WHO/Geneva/Bonn and IARC/Lyon on several occasions. Chief Editor of the Italian Journal of Epidemiology (Epidemiologia & Prevenzione) and Associate Editor of Environmental Health. He has focused on the application of scientific research findings to a wide range of public health issues, including air pollution, radon, waste disposal, occupational exposure to silica and asbestos, and environmental tobacco smoke.

Leadership Roles:

Co-Editor Epidemiologia e Prevenzione, Official Journal of the Italian Epidemiological Associaton  (

Consultant of WHO Geneva, Air pollution program

Co-Chair Review Panel on Health Effects of Traffic Related Air Pollution, Health Effects Institute (USA)

Previous Leadership Roles:

Visiting Professor, Environmental Research Group, King's College London

Director, Analytical Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology, Lazio Region, Rome, Italy

Key Research Interests:

Short-term effects of air pollution in particular respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

Long-term effects of air pollution in particular respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and lung cancer. 

Health effects of traffic-related air pollution.

Health effects of industrial pollution

Long-term effects of silica exposure on silicosis and lung cancer

Lung cancer risk related to lung cancer

Health effects of pesticides

Study design and methods in environmental epidemiology