Dr Laidlaw’s research focus is on understanding the epidemiological relationships between lead exposure and lead poisoning, autism and preeclampsia in urban areas.
Urban studies; urban resilience and sustainable cities; translational medicine; health and well-being promotion; public health and the environment.
His research findings indicate that lead exposure through lead contaminated urban soils and dust is associated with lead poisoning, autism prevalence trends in children and preeclampsia in pregnant women. This provides evidence-based data for public health officials to engage in environmental remediation schemes to prevent these diseases.
Dr Laidlaw’s research has been published in international and peer-reviewed journals such as Environmental Health Perspectives, Environmental Science and Technology, Environment International, Environmental Pollution etc. The interdisciplinary nature of the research has provided Dr Laidlaw with an opportunity to collaborate with environmental scientists, toxicologists, statisticians, geochemists, geologists, epidemiologists, medical doctors, economists and others to gain the data required in relation to lead contamination through petrol and exterior paints.
Dr Laidlaw was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2015 and is based in the School of Science.