Imperial College London

Dr Sara De Matteis

Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Honorary Senior Lecturer





G51Emmanuel Kaye BuildingRoyal Brompton Campus





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Research Interests:

Occupational physician and epidemiologist with expertise in occupational lung diseases.

Specific Research areas:

1) Asbestos-related diseases, in particular lung cancer and mesothelioma

2) Occupational asthma, COPD, ILD

3) Occupational exposure methods, and development of new efficient web-based tools

4) Gene-environment interactions in occupational lung diseases

5) Climate change and occupational health co-benefits

Current Research Projects:

I am currently working on the HSE-COPD study in the UK Biobank, a cohort set up to improve our understanding of the environmental and genetic causes of common diseases that recruited 500,000 men and women aged 40-69 from the UK general population.

The overarching goal of the HSE-COPD study is to identify the occupational causes of COPD and related burden in the UK general population in order to implement focused preventive strategies at workplace.


Course organizer and lecturer on epidemiology and statistical methods, occupational lung diseases and occupational health surveillance.




    Jennings N, Fecht D, De Matteis S, 2020, Mapping the co-benefits of climate change action to issues of public concern in the UK: a narrative review, The Lancet Planetary Health, Vol:4, ISSN:2542-5196, Pages:e424-e433

    Sadhra SS, Mohammed N, Kurmi OP, et al., 2020, Occupational exposure to inhaled pollutants and risk of airflow obstruction: a large UK population-based UK Biobank cohort, Thorax, Vol:75, ISSN:0040-6376, Pages:468-475

    Consonni D, De Matteis S, Dallari B, et al., 2020, Impact of an asbestos cemet factory on mesothelioma incidence in a community in Italy, Environmental Research, Vol:183, ISSN:0013-9351

    Schraufnagel DE, De Matteis S, Hoffmann B, 2020, Reply: An "Old" Methodological Pitfall: Numbers of Deaths Due to Reducing Air Pollution Cannot Be Identified from Epidemiological Data, Annals of the American Thoracic Society, Vol:17, ISSN:1546-3222, Pages:528-528

    Ratanachina J, De Matteis S, Cullinan P, et al., 2019, Pesticide exposure and lung function: a systematic review and meta-analysis., Occupational Medicine, Vol:70, ISSN:0962-7480, Pages:14-23

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