Om Kurmi

Division of Respirology

Om Kurmi

BSc, MSc, PhD

Assistant Professor, Division of Respirology, Department of Medicine






Education and Professional Standing

Dr. Kurmi completed his PhD from Department of Public Health, University of Aberdeen, UK studying the cardiorespiratory health effects of air pollution in rural and urban Nepal. After working as a post-doctoral researcher (Feb. 2009 - July 2012) at University of Birmingham, he joined Nuffield Department of population Health, University of Oxford in August 2012 as a senior scientist and worked there as an respiratory epidemiologist in the China Kadoorie Biobank cohort until December 2017. He is mainly trained in respiratory epidemiology, environmental health, air borne pollutants assessment, biostatistics and health research methods. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton. He is an active member of number of learned societies including European Respiratory Society, British Thoracic Society, Global Consortium on Public Health Research and UK Indoor Environment Group. He has been elected as Secretary of Group -06.01 – Respiratory Epidemiology at European Respiratory Society for three years starting on September 2018. He has also received number of awards including Young Investigator Award (in 2011), Occupational and Epidemiology Assembly of European Respiratory Society and David Bates Award (in 2008), Environmental, Occupational and Population Health Assembly, American Thoracic Society.

Research Interests

  • Dr Kurmi’s main research interests are lifestyles, occupational and environmental determinants of chronic diseases particularly cardiorespiratory health in both adults and children, particularly in the low and middle income countries.
  • He is interested in understanding the role of occupational exposures in diseases burden, workplace interventions for return to work, effects of work on health and improving work capability.
  • He is interested in understanding the determinants of lung growth in children particularly in low and middle income countries and their risk to chronic diseases during adulthood.

Selected Publications

  1. Kurmi O, Li L, Davis K, Wang J, Bennett B, Yang L, Chen Y, Guo Y, Bian Z, Chen J, Wei L, Jin D, Collins R, Peto P, Chen Z. Excess risk of major vascular diseases associated with air flow obstruction: a 7-year prospective study of 0.5 million Chinese adults. Int. J COPD. 2018 (in press)
  2. Sood A, ….Kurmi O,…..Balmes J. ERS/ATS Workshop report on Respiratory Health Effects of Household Air Pollution. European Respiratory Journal. 2018; 51(1):1700698
  3. Newell K; Kartsonaki C; Lam KBH; Kurmi O. The cardio-respiratory health impacts of particulate ambient air pollution (AAP) exposure in adults within low and/or middle-income countries (LMICs): a systematic review and meta-analysis. The Lancet Planetary Health. 2017; 1:e368-80
  4. Chan KH, Lam KBH, Kurmi O et al., Trans-generational changes and rural-urban inequality in household fuel use and cookstove ventilation in China: A multi-region study of 0.5 million adults. Int J Hyg Environ Health, 2017; 220:1370-1381
  5. *Wain LV,….Kurmi O,…Tobin MD. Genetic associations with lung function and chronic obstructive diseases implicative novel genes, biological pathways and druggable targets. Nature Genetics 2017; 49 (3): 416-425  (*All authors not listed due to very large number)
  6. Clarke R*, Du H*, Kurmi O*, Parish S*, Yang M, Arnold M, Guo Y, Bian Z, Wang L, Chen Y, Meijer R, Sansome S, McDonnell J, Collins R, Li Liming*, Chen Z*. Burden of carotid artery atherosclerosis in Chinese adults: implications for future risk of cardiovascular diseases. European J Preventive Cardiology 2017; 24: 647-656 (*contributed equally)
  7. Sadhra S, Kurmi OP, Chambers H, Lam KBH, Fishwick D. The ACE Job exposure Matric for the SOC 2000 listings; development and exposure assignation. Occupational Medicine 2016; 66: 358-64
  8. Smith M, Li L, Augustyn M, Kurmi OP, Chen J, Collins R, et al. Prevalence and correlates of airflow obstruction in approximately 317,000 never-smokers in China. Eur Respir J 2014;44:66-77.
  9. Kurmi OP, Semple S, Devereux GS, Gaihre S, Lam KB, Sadhra S, et al. The effect of exposure to biomass smoke on respiratory symptoms in adult rural and urban Nepalese populations. Environ Health 2014;13:92.
  10. Kurmi OP, Li L, Smith M, Augustyn M, Chen J, Collins R, et al. Regional variations in the prevalence and misdiagnosis of air flow obstruction in China: baseline results from a prospective cohort of the China Kadoorie Biobank (CKB). BMJ open respiratory research 2014;1:e000025.
  11. Gordon SB, Bruce NG, Grigg J, Hibberd PL, Kurmi OP, Lam KB, et al. Respiratory risks from household air pollution in low and middle income countries. The Lancet. Respiratory medicine 2014;2:823-60.
  12. Kurmi OP, Dunster C, Ayres JG, Kelly FJ. Oxidative potential of smoke from burning wood and mixed biomass fuels. Free radical research 2013;47:829-35.
  13. Kurmi OP, Devereux GS, Smith WC, Semple S, Steiner MF, Simkhada P, et al. Reduced lung function due to biomass smoke exposure in young adults in rural Nepal. Eur Respir J 2013;41:25-30.
  14. Kurmi OP, Semple S, Simkhada P, Smith WC, Ayres JG. COPD and chronic bronchitis risk of indoor air pollution from solid fuel: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Thorax 2010;65:221-8.