Prof. Tar-Ching Aw 


Tel:      +971-3-7137-450
Fax:     +971-3-767-2022


"No more prizes for predicting rain. Prizes only for building arks" - Anon.


Professor Tar-Ching Aw was appointed Chair of the Department of Community Medicine in September 2007. He moved from the University of Kent in Canterbury where he was Professor of Occupational Medicine and head of division since 2002. Prior to that he was senior lecturer at the Institute of Occupational Health in Birmingham. He also spent four years at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in Cincinnati. Professor Aw has served as WHO consultant in occupational health for Kuwait, ILO consultant in Geneva, and consultant to the Malaysian Ministry of Health for a World Bank-funded project on occupational health. He was elected Board member of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) for two terms of office, and was formerly Chief Examiner and elected board member of the College of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians (London). He retains a visiting professorship at Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent.

Research Interests
The areas of his research interests include health hazards in the health-care industry, occupational exposure to metals, and training and education in occupational health. Professor Aw and his team from the Department of Community Medicine at UAE University recently completed the field work  for a national project on ‘Environment and Health in the UAE’ in collaboration with North Carolina University, Chapel Hill and RAND corporation.

Teaching Activities
In addition to teaching medical undergraduates, Professor Aw’s department has developed several continuing professional development events, with the most recent being:

a)    Establishment of the first College of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (FOM) exam centre for occupational medicine for the Middle East.  This followed the signing of an MOU in Nov 2008 between the College of Medicine & Health Sciences, UAE University and the FOM. The first exam was conducted in May 2010 with the Dean and Vice-Dean of the FOM in attendance.  They were guests of honor at the conferment ceremony held in Al-Ain after the exams.

b)  Participation in organizing and co-chairing a UAE University conference on “Global Health and the UAE.” (Jan 4th -8th, 2010).  This international event attracted participants from many prestigious universities including Yale, Harvard, McGill, Stanford, Monash, University of California, University of Malaya, and the National University of Singapore.   

c)  A course on ‘Spirometry in Occupational Health’ with Professor John Harrison as invited speaker from Brunel University, UK. (Dec 2009).  A jointly organized course on ‘New and emerging problems in occupational health’ with Otago University (April 2010).  Dr. Peter Verow from City and Sandwell hospitals, UK was guest speaker. 

d)    Exchange visits for academic staff and students between the department of Community Medicine, UAE University, and the Department of Social & Preventive Medicine, University of Malaya. UAEU’s Provost and the Dy Vice-chancellor of the University of Malaya signed an MOU in May 2009 to develop education and training links between the two universities.


  • Aw TC (2010). "Vibration" In: Oxford textbook of Medicine, 5th Edition (eds. Warrell DA, Cox TM, Firth JD). Oxford University Press. 2010;1:1434-1436.

  • Ahmed SM, Aw TC (2010). "Noise" In: Oxford textbook of Medicine, 5th Edition (eds. Warrell DA, Cox TM, Firth JD). Oxford University Press. 2010;1:1434-1436.

  • Aw TC, Blair I (2010). “Occupational infections” In: Infectious diseases 3rd edition (eds. Cohen J, Powderly WG, Opal SM). Mosby, Elsevier. 2010;1:715-726.

  • Aw TC (2010). “An initiative for global health in the United Arab Emirates.” Asia-Pacific J Publ Hlth 2010;22(3) Suppl:11S

  • Aw TC (2010). “Global public health and the United Arab Emirates.” Asia-Pacific J Publ Hlth 2010;22(3) Suppl:19S -24S

  • Aw TC, Taimur Z, Zaidi M (2010). ‘Using a Delphi approach to determine UAE Occupational health priorities’. Int J of Medicine 2010;40 (Suppl. 1), 1-65

  • Aw TC (2009). “The role of occupational health services in the control of infection” In: Ayliffe’s Control of Healthcare-associated Infection 5th edition (eds. Fraise AP & Bradley C) London: Hodder Arnold (Hachette UK). 2009;11:226-236.

  • Bernsen RM, Aw TC, Nagelkerke NJ (2009). “Refining Re: Sample Size calculations” Letter to the Editor (Rapid Responses). BMJ. 2009;(22 June).

  • Shaban S, Aw TC (2009). Trend towards multiple authorship in occupational medicine journals. J Occ Med & Toxicology 2009;4:3.

International Activities

  • Overseas Examiner, College of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (from 2010).

  • External examiner (2010), University of Birmingham, UK. PhD thesis.

  • External examiner (2010), Chinese University of Hong Kong. PhD thesis.

  • External examiner (2010), College of Medicine, National University of Malaysia (Postgraduate program in Occupational Health).

  • Visiting Professor and external examiner (2010), College of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Thailand.

  • Chair, EU Expert Committee on Diagnosis of Occupational diseases, Luxembourg.

  • Member, Working group on Action to control Chemicals (WATCH), Health & Safety Executive, London.

  • Member, BUPA Medical Advisory Panel, London.

  • Member of the International Advisory Board of “Occupational Medicine (Oxford)”.

  • Editorial Board member of “Safety and health at Work”.

  • Editorial Board member of the Emirates Medical Journal.

International Conferences

  • Invited speaker at the Singapore Workplace Safety & Health conference 14th – 16th September 2010.

  • Invited speaker for the 2nd International Annual Congress of the Society for Practitioners of Infection Control, at Ain Shams University Specialized Hospital (ASUSH), Cairo 2nd – 4th Oct 2010.






Department of Community Medicine
College of Medicine & Health Sciences (CMHS)
UAE University · PO Box 17666 ·  Al Ain · United Arab Emirates
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