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.
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.
addition to teaching medical undergraduates, Professor Aw’s department
has developed several continuing professional development events, with
the most recent being:
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
Shaban S, Aw TC (2009). Trend towards multiple authorship in
occupational medicine journals. J Occ Med & Toxicology 2009;4:3.
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
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,
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
Editorial Board member of “Safety and health at Work”.
Editorial Board member of the Emirates Medical Journal.
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.