The Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine has three major areas of focus:
The Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine is involved in several major areas of research.
The division is evaluating pulmonary toxicity in workers exposed to refractory ceramic fibers (RCF, a type of man-made vitreous fiber). The ongoing pulmonary morbidity and mortality studies of workers involved with RCF manufacturing have identified an association between duration of employment in RCF manufacturing jobs and the occurrence of pleural plaques on chest radiographs. There are ongoing investigations of the health effects of absorbent gelling material, solvent exposure and reproductive / auto-immune disorders, bronchiolitis obliterans, and breath analysis assessment of solvent exposures. Faculty members are also evaluating genotoxic changes associated with low-level solvent and fuel exposures.
Occupational Pulmonary Services within the division is investigating new techniques for evaluating longitudinal pulmonary function testing data for purposes of epidemiologic and individual trending analysis. This analysis is used to distinguish true change from intra and inter-subject variability with serial measurements of lung function. Faculty members are also studying occupational asthma through electronic ambulatory monitoring of lung function and the development of bronchoprovocation challenge procedures. The development and evaluation of respirator fit testing methods and leak checks are another area of active research. Recently, efforts have been directed at the examination of the utility of various fit check maneuvers in assessing adequate fit in wearers of industrial respirators.
Occupational Medicine residents in the training program are very actively involved in a variety of research projects including their Masters Thesis research.
Closely affiliated with the division is the University of Cincinnati's Center for Occupational Health, which is a multi-disciplinary clinical center that provides occupational health services to individuals and communities throughout Cincinnati and the Midwest. Core faculty members from the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics administer as well as staff the Center's activities. The Center for Occupational Health is recognized in the field of Occupational and Environmental Health as a comprehensive resource for employers, employees and health professionals.
The division is also involved in offering consultative and clinical
services to selected occupational and environmental populations in various
exposure settings. Exposures of special interest to faculty members within
the division include: metal working fluids, solvents, hydrogen cyanide,
mercury, and lead.
The Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
3223 Eden Ave. Kettering Building (ML#0056)
Cincinnati OH 45267-0056
Phone: (513) 558-0030
Fax: (513) 558-6272