Dr Christina Mitsakou

UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA)

Principal Environmental Public Health Scientist, Air Quality and Public Health (Environmental Hazards and Emergencies Department)

UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA)
Department of Health & Social Care

Dr Christina Mitsakou is a Principal Environmental Public Health Scientist in the Air Quality and Public Health Team (AQPH) at UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). Her background is in Atmospheric/Air Pollution science and she holds PhD on lung dosimetry of inhaled particulate matter. Her research includes estimating personal and population exposure to air pollution and other environmental factors, implementation and development of atmospheric/climate/air quality/dispersion models, exploring interventions aiming to improve air quality and their effectiveness.

Christina’s current scientific interests also focus on the performance of health impact assessments and quantification of mortality and morbidity effects from environmental hazards and she led the updated mortality estimates attributable to air pollution in the UK. She coordinates the updates of the Public Health Outcomes Framework air pollution indicator, as well as the development of tools that provide surveillance of air pollution and associated health effects, which can be used for evaluation of interventions.

Christina and AQPH work closely with government departments, such as Defra and Department for Transport, providing scientific evidence input that informs policy development. Christina has been a member of the Scientific Secretariat of the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP); recent publications of the Committee include a report on the links between air pollution and dementia and a statement on the science linking air pollution exposure with COVID-19 infection.

Christina has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers in international scientific journals and conferences, she has co-authored book chapters and research reports on exposure to environmental factors and health impact assessments, ambient and indoor air quality.

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