Lane Lecture

Ronald Lane became the first ever Professor of Occupational Health when he was appointed to a chair in Manchester University in 1945. This was the first chair in this discipline and the first university department of occupational health.

The eponymous Lane Lecture and Symposium is an annual event, held in honour of this remarkable man.


Past Lane Lectures

Date Speaker Topic

Professor Ira Madan

Convergent Junctions - how the clinical, political, and cultural landscape has changed Occupational Health practice in recent decades and why Occupational Health research is more important than ever.

Lecture video

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Professor Nicola Cherry

Have workplace studies had their day?

Lecture video

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Dr Lesley Rushton
Emeritus Reader of Occupational Epidemiology and Chair of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC)

Long-COVID: should this be in the occupational disease fast lane?

Lecture video

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Professor Cath Noakes
School of Civil Engineering
University of Leeds

Droplets of Aerosols - the complex physics of respiratory disease transmission

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Dr Jenny Hoyle
Consultant Respiratory Physician
North Manchester General Hospital

30 years of SWORD: forging the links between research and practice to produce impact (PDF)
2018 Professor John Cherrie
Principal Scientist, Institute of Occupational Medicine
Professor of Human Health, Heriot-Watt University
The exposome and work
2017 Professor Raymond Agius
Emeritus Professor of Occupational Medicine, Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Manchester
From patients to prevention - a journey through occupational and environmental medicine.
2016 Professor David Fishwick
Chief Medical Officer and Co-Director of the Centre for Workplace Health, HSL
The lungs at work: from cotton mills to composites?
2015 Professor Keith Palmer
Professor of Occupational Medicine, University of Southampton and Consultant Occupational Physician
Health risks and benefits of extended working life: is retirement good for you?
2014 Professor Neil Pearce
Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Getting occupational health back on the policy agenda.
2013 Professor Paul Cullinan
Professor in Occupational and Environmental Respiratory Disease, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, London
Honorary Consultant Physician in Respiratory Medicine, Royal Brompton Hospital, London
Occupational asthma: too much of a bad thing.
2012 Professor Richard Wakeford
Visiting Professor in Epidemiology, Dalton Nuclear Institute, University of Manchester
Risks from exposure to ionising radiation - the contribution of occupational studies.
2011 Professor Tarani Chandola
Professor of Medical Sociology, University of Manchester
Work and stress in post-recession Britain.
2010 Dr Jos Verbeek
Senior Researcher at Finnish Institute of Occupational Health,
Associate Professor at Coronel Institute of Occupational Health, University of Amsterdam
Evidence for the effectiveness of occupational health interventions: help or hindrance for practitioners?
2009 Professor Jon Ayres
Professor of Environmental and Respiratory Medicine, University of Birmingham
Environments and health - complexity meets pragmatism.
2008 Professor Sir Anthony J Newman Taylor
Deputy Principal, National Heart and Lung Institute
Causation attribution and compensation: the development of industrial injuries benefit in the UK.
2007 Professor Dame Carol Black
Government Director for Health and Work and Professor of Rheumatology at UCL Medical School
Health, work and well-being: the challenge of translating theory into practice.
2006 Professor Sherwood Burge
Consultant Respiratory Physician, Department of Lung Medicine, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital
What is occupational asthma?
2005 Professor Julian Peto
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Asbestos related cancer deaths in the UK - the past, present and future.

2004 Professor Bert Brunekreef
Professor of Environmental Epidemiology, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Universiteit Utrecht
Health effects of traffic-related air pollution.
2003 Professor TC Aw
Professor of Occupational Medicine, Kent Institute of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Kent at Canterbury
Occupational diseases: dilemmas in attributing causation.
2002 Professor Paul W Brandt-Rauf
Professor of Public Health and Director of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York
Molecular epidemiology: the case of vinyl chloride.
2001 Professor David Coggon
Epidemiologist and Honorary Consultant Physician, MRC Environmental Unit, Southampton General Hospital
Occupational health research in the UK - where next?
2000 Professor Corbett McDonald
Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, National Heart & Lung Institute, Brompton Hospital, London
Asbestos fibre type and carcinogenicity.
1999 Professor Michael Marmot
Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College, London Medical School
Psychosocial factors and work.
1998 Professor Anthony Seaton
Professor of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, University of Aberdeen.
Hunting for demons: asthma and the wider environment.
1997 Professor James H Vincent
Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Minnesota
Occupational hygiene science and its application in occupational
health policy: at home and abroad.
1996 Professor Sir Colin Berry
The London Hospital Medical College
Small risks and "the robots of dawn".
1995 Miss Jenny Bacon
Director-General of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Occupational health: the next 50 years.
1994 Professor Robert Lauwery
The Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels
Critical effect levels of lead on the kidney in adult male workers and the general population.
1993 Professor Roger J Berry
Director of the Westlakes Research Institute
Childhood cancer and parental occupational radiation exposure - a paradox within an enigma.
1992 Professor Richard SF Schilling
Emeritus Professor of Occupational Health, London University
The role of universities in occupational health.