Thomas Robins

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Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Director, Center for Occupational Health & Safety Engineering

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Major Projects:
  • Fogarty International Center International Research Training in Environmental and Occupational Health in Southern Africa - Director (1996-present). This program provides financial and intellectual support for candidates from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to receive short-term focused training, advanced degrees, and research visits at the University of Michigan and partner institutions in Southern Africa. Several web-based learning programs have also been developed. The program is currently sponsoring studies on topics such as: the effects of air pollution on children’s respiratory health in highly industrialized South Durban, South Africa
  • copper miners’ health in Zambia
  • health and environmental impact on women and children of small-scale gold mining in Zimbabwe
  • and occupational and public safety in the public transportation industry in Tanzania. These studies are being conducted by indigenous academic and government researchers from Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. This program has, over its 10 year involvement in Southern Africa, contributed substantially to the development of occupational and environmental health in the region. In addition to providing direct funding of training and degree program opportunities and research projects, the program has been able to serve as a catalyst for a variety of other related initiatives in the region.
  • (Pending) Gates Foundation proposal to design an evidence-based roadmap for collaborative interventions that will both accelerate and advance the government’s plans to strengthen human capital in the health sector in Ghana. Collaboration between University of Michigan, University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), and the Ghanaian Ministry of Health. UM Pis: Thomas Robins, David Stern. Co-Investigators: Frank Anderson, Rachel Snow, Margaret Kruk.
  • Renal and reproductive effects of lead exposure in lead acid battery workers in South Africa - co-PI (ongoing study).
  • South Africa
  • Ghana
  • Environmental Health Sciences