Every year tens of thousands of people across the UK die from conditions that can be linked to exposure to cold weather. But why? What is it about cold that causes us such problems?
Emer OConnell is interim head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at Public Health England. Emer is a Consultant in Public Health with an interest in environmental public health. Her role is based in London, within the Health Protection and Medical Directorate of Public Health England.
Emer has a Masters in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a PhD in Public Health and Population Science from University College Dublin. She focused her public health speciality training on health protection, spending most of the 5 year programme working within different teams across PHE. More recently, she spent a year working with Transport for London where she focused on the public health impacts of air quality.