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Member: Professor Keith Palmer

Professor Keith Palmer, University of Southampton, studied at Corpus Christi College, Oxford and the John Radcliffe Hospital. A former GP and Employment Medical Adviser with the HSE, he has since held a tenured research post at consultant grade in occupational epidemiology with the MRC Epidemiology Lifecourse Unit in Southampton, as well as being an honorary consultant with the Southampton University NHS Trust and holding a Chair in Occupational Medicine with the University of Southampton.

Additionally, he chairs the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (a statutory body that advises the Secretary of State at the DWP on state-funded compensation to workers suffering recognised occupational diseases and injuries); he served as Editor-in-chief of the BMJ Publishing Group journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine between 2003 and 2009; and he was Academic Dean at the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, London from 2007-13.


His research is focused on the epidemiology of occupational diseases, and the clinical management and prevention of work-associated illnesses. He shares in the leadership of a long-standing MRC funded research programme on work and health.