1998 …2024

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Personal profile

Biography

Karen trained originally in Medicine at Southampton University Medical School, UK, graduating in 1991. She chose to specialise in Rheumatology and was awarded a prestigious Arthritis Research UK (now Versus Arthritis) fellowship to do her PhD 1999-2002 about the epidemiology of neck and upper limb disorders in working aged adults and from there developed a particular interest in the relationship between work and health. Between 2013-2021, she was an MRC Investigator, Leader of an MRC Programme on Work and Health and Director of the MRC Versus Arthritis Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work. Karen migrated to Australia in December 2022 to take up her new role as Professor of Occupational Rheumatology and Director of the Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health. Her research focuses on musculoskeletal health in the workplace and she has broader interests in  promoting health at work; mental health and work; women in the workplace and older workers.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Medicine, FRCP, Fellowship of the Royal College of medicine (London)

Award Date: 1 Jul 2007

Epidemiology, PhD, The epidemiology of neck and upper limb disorders in working-aged adults, University of Southampton

1 Jan 199931 Dec 2002

Award Date: 1 Jul 2003

Rheumatology, CCST, Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training

Award Date: 1 Feb 2002

Medicine, MRCP, Membership of the Royal College of Physicians

Award Date: 1 Jul 1995

Medicine, Bachelor of Medicine, University of Southampton

1 Sept 198630 Jun 1991

Award Date: 30 Jun 1991

External positions

Director MRC Versus Arthritis Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work, University of Southampton

1 Jan 201531 Dec 2021

Professor & Honorary Consultant in Occupational Rheumatology, University of Southampton

1 Sept 2013 → …

Co-Director MRC Versus Arthritis Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work, University of Southampton

31 Jan 2001 → …

Research area keywords

  • Workplace health and safety
  • Musculoskeletal diseases
  • Older workers
  • Epidemiology
  • Psychosocial factors

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