Dr. Anil Adisesh studied medicine at the University of Liverpool, UK and then specialized in occupational medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals, King’s College London (UK). He went on to complete his specialist training and doctoral studies on exhaled breath nitric oxide and the respiratory health effects of occupational organic dust exposures at the University of Manchester.
In 1997, Anil became Specialty Director for Occupational Health at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK, later moving back to Manchester and subsequently to the UK Health and Safety Laboratory where he was Deputy Chief Medical Officer until 2013. He was then the inaugural JD Irving Research Chair in Occupational Medicine at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia before moving to Toronto. Anil has Chaired the WHO ICD-11 revision for Occupational Health, and Co-chaired work to produce exposure and diagnostic criteria for occupational diseases for the International Labour Organisation.
The overarching theme to Anil’s research is “promoting long and healthy working lives.” This theme recognizes the benefit of work to individuals, the necessity of longer working lives in a world with an aging population, and the prevention of work-related disease. Dr. Adisesh has a research interest in the role of the exposome in disease causation. His current research includes using toenails as a biomatrix for metallome profiling comparing cancer cases with controls, and investigating the effects of work and health with the Atlantic PATH Cohort. In clinical service provision, he plans to establish the potential for digital technologies to be incorporated in clinical occupational medicine practice.