Hilary Cowie

Senior Statistician and Epidemiologist
Institute of Occupational Medicine

Institute of Occupational Medicine
Research Avenue North
Riccarton, Edinburgh
EH14 4AP
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Research Expertise


Hilary Cowie has been a research statistician at the IOM since 1981 and a senior statistician since 1994. She has extensive experience of the design and analysis of epidemiological morbidity and mortality studies, including survey methods and questionnaire design and has been project leader of a number of studies. Much of her work has been concerned with the investigation of exposure-response relationships, primarily among occupational populations. Hilary Cowie was Project Leader of two epidemiological studies carried out for the UK Department for International Development (DfID) and the UK Department of Health. The first was a study of the health of Montserratians who relocated to the UK and the second was a study of the health of workers on the island of Montserrat.

Relevant Publications

Baxter, P.J., Searl, A., Cowie, H.A., Jarvis, D. and Horwell, C.J. (2014) ‘Evaluating the respiratory health risks of volcanic ash at the eruption of the Soufrière Hills Volcano, Montserrat, 1995-2010’, In: Wadge, G., Robertson R., & Voight, B. (Eds) The Eruption of Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat from 2000 to 2010. Memoir of the Geological Society of London, 39(22), 407-425.

Cowie, H.A., Hutchison, P.A., Graham, M.K., Cattermole, T.J., Dempsey, S., Russell, M. (2006) ‘Study of workers on the island of Montserrat: Follow up to survey in 2000’, Edinburgh: Institute of Occupational Medicine. (IOM Report TM/06/02).

Cowie, H. A., Baxter, P. J., Hincks, T., Searl, A., Sparks, R. S. J., Tran, C. L., Aspinall, W. & Woo, G. (2003) Risk assessment for silicosis and exposure to volcanic ash on Montserrat. London: UK Department for International Development.

Cowie, H.A., Graham, M.K., Searl, A., Miller, B.G., Hutchison, P.A., Swales, C., Dempsey, S., & Russell, M. (2002) A health survey of workers on the island of Montserrat. Institute of Occupational Medicine, Edinburgh, IOMTM/02/01.

Searl, A., Baxter, P. J. & Cowie, H. (2002) 'Exposure to volcanic ash on Montserrat, British West Indies', Annals of Occupational Hygiene, 46(Supplement 1), 35-38.

Cowie, H.A., Searl, A., Ritchie, P.J., Graham, M.K., Hutchison, P.A., & Pilkington, A. (2001) A health survey of Montserratians relocated to the UK. Institute of Occupational Medicine, Edinburgh, IOM TM/01/07. 


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