Sara De Matteis


Department of Medical Sciences and Public Health

Telephone: +39 070 675 4714


Personal webpage: here

Main areas of expertise: Occupational Respiratory Diseases; Epidemiology; Occupational Health; Exposure assessment; Air pollution.




I am an Associate Professor in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Department of Medical Sciences and Public Health of Cagliari University, in Cagliari, Italy, and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the National Heart & Lung Institute (NHLI), Imperial College London, UK.

As occupational physician and epidemiologist I have more than ten years’ experience in prevention, diagnosis, and management of occupational respiratory diseases. My research activity has focused on studying the complex interplay between individual and occupational and environmental exposure factors in the aetiology of a broad range of respiratory conditions, from mesothelioma to asthma especially in large population-based epidemiological studies. I am also interested in applying new technologies to improve occupational exposure assessment, e.g. I developed OSCAR, a web-based tool to collect and automatically code lifetime occupational histories for large epidemiological studies, such as the UK Biobank cohort.

Key publications:

  1. Andersen ZJ, Hoffmann B, Morawska L, Adams M, Furman E, Yorgancioglu A, Greenbaum D, Neira M, Brunekreef B, Forastiere F, Rice MB, Wakenhut F, Coleen E, Boogaard H, Gehring U, Melén E, Ward B, De Matteis S. Air pollution and COVID-19: clearing the air and charting a post-pandemic course: a joint workshop report of ERS, ISEE, HEI and WHO. Eur Respir J. 2021 Aug 19;58(2):2101063. doi: 10.1183/13993003.01063-2021. PMID: 34385271; PMCID: PMC8361303.
  2. De Matteis S. COVID-19: are not all workers ‘essential’? Occup Environ Med. 2021 Apr 2:oemed-2020-107272. doi: 10.1136/oemed-2020-107272. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33811176.
  3. Archangelidi O, Sathiyajit S, Consonni D, Jarvis D, De Matteis S. Cleaning products and respiratory health outcomes in occupational cleaners: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Occup Environ Med. 2020 Nov 24:oemed-2020-106776. doi: 10.1136/oemed-2020-106776. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33234692.
  4. Neil Jennings, Daniela Fecht, Sara De Matteis. Mapping the co-benefits of climate change action to issues of public concern in the UK: a narrative review. Lancet Planet Health 2020; 4: e424–33.
  5. De Matteis S, Jarvis D, Darnton A, Hutchings S, Sadhra S, Fishwick D, Rushton L, Cullinan P. The occupations at increased risk of COPD: analysis of lifetime job-histories in the population-based UK Biobank Cohort. Eur Respir J. 2019 Jul 18;54(1). pii: 1900186. doi: 10.1183/13993003.00186-2019. Print 2019 Jul. PubMed PMID: 31248951.
  6. Sara De Matteis, Dick Heederik, Alex Burdorf, Claudio Colosio, Paul Cullinan, Paul K. Henneberger, Ann Olsson, Anne Raynal, Jos Rooijackers, Tiina Santonen, Joaquin Sastre, Vivi Schlunssen, Martie van Tongeren, Torben Sigsgaard. Current and new challenges in occupational lung diseases. Eur Respir Rev. 2017 Nov 15;26(146).
  7. De Matteis S, Jarvis D, Young H, Young A, Allen N, Potts J, Darnton A, Rushton L, Cullinan P. Occupational self-coding and automatic recording (OSCAR): a novel web-based tool to collect and code lifetime job histories in large population-based studies. Scand J Work Environ Health. 2017 Mar 1;43(2):181-186. doi: 10.5271/sjweh.3613. Epub 2016 Dec 14. PMID: 27973677.
  8. De Matteis S, Jarvis D, Hutchings S, Darnton A, Fishwick D, Sadhra S, Rushton L, Cullinan P. Occupations associated with COPD risk in the large population-based UK Biobank cohort study. Occup Environ Med. 2016 Jun;73(6):378-84.
  9. De Matteis S, Consonni D, Pesatori AC, Bergen AW, Bertazzi PA, Caporaso NE, Lubin JH, Wacholder S, Landi MT. Are Women Who Smoke at Higher Risk for Lung Cancer Than Men Who Smoke? Am J Epidemiol. 2013 Apr 1;177(7):601-12.
  10. De Matteis S, Consonni D, Lubin JH, Tucker M, Peters S, Vermeulen RC, Kromhout H, Bertazzi PA, Caporaso NE, Pesatori AC, Wacholder S, Landi MT. Impact of occupational carcinogens on lung cancer risk in a general population. Int J Epidemiol. 2012 Jun; 41(3):711-21. doi: 10.1093/ije/dys042. Epub 2012 Mar 31. Erratum in: Int J Epidemiol. 2013 Dec;42(6):1902.
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