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Emeritus Professor David Coggon


Research interests

  • Relationship of musculoskeletal disorders to work
  • Health effects of chemical pollutants
  • Occupational risks of Covid-19

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Address: Southampton General Hospital, Tremona Road Shirley, SO16 6YD


Over a career spanning more than 40 years, Professor Coggon has conducted epidemiological research on a wide range of occupational and environmental hazards, focusing particularly on the relationship of musculoskeletal disorders to work, and the health effects of various chemical pollutants.  His achievements include the demonstration of hazards of hip osteoarthritis in farmers, knee osteoarthritis in occupations that entail prolonged kneeling or squatting, and infectious lobar pneumonia in welders and other occupations involving exposure to metal fume; and identification of major differences between countries in the prevalence of common musculoskeletal complaints and associated disability among workers carrying out similar physical activities.  He has also engaged extensively in scientific advisory work for government, both nationally and internationally, and was President of the UK Faculty of Occupational Medicine from 2008-2011.   Most recently, his research has addressed implications of Covid-19 for occupational health.  He is a trustee of the Colt Foundation.