Sarah has a long standing research record in Neuropsychology, Adult Mental Health and Toxicology.
Agriculture: In 2004, Sarah was awarded a grant by the UK Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (circa £700,000) to run a four year research programme investigating whether low level exposure to organophosphates causes disabling neurological or psychiatric disease in sheep farmers. The study was completed in 2008 and a full report is available on the DEFRA website. The study findings have also been independently peer reviewed and published in the scientific journal Neurotoxicology and Teratology (please see publications section).
Aviation: Between 2005 and 2009 Sarah Mackenzie Ross examined a number of commercial airline pilots, cabin crew and passengers who complain of ill health following reported exposure to engine oil fumes. She prepared a report for a UK Government Scientific Advisory Committee called the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT). She gave evidence to the COT committee throughout 2006/2007 and was later invited to give evidence to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee in 2008. Sarah has published a number of scientific papers on this topic in peer reviewed journals (please see publications section).
In 1994 Sarah joined a leading, internationally recognized research team from the University of Cambridge who were studying dementia. She has also written a number of papers on memory disorders and has a particular interest in retrograde amnesia. Sarah has also been involved in a number of research projects looking at cognitive function in diabetic, renal failure and cancer patients (please see publications section).
ADULT MENTAL HEALTH
In 1997 Sarah was invited to join a team of Accident & Emergency Specialists at Addenbrookes Hospital Cambridge to undertake a study to determine the psychological effect of witnessed resuscitation on bereaved relatives. The team were given an award for this work by the BUPA foundation 'Communication Award' in association with the Academy of Medical Rule Colleges and the Patients' Association. The award was granted for research which will fundamentally affect medical practice. In 1998 Sarah undertook a study concerning psychological morbidity following minor road traffic accidents (please see publications section).
In addition to her own research work, Sarah supervises postgraduate students and qualified clinical psychologists undertaking research on a range of topics.
Sarah has research links with Professor Clem Furlong, Professor of Genome Sciences & Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle (please click here for more details of Professor Furlong’s work); and she worked with a group of researchers from the Universities of Oregon, California (San Francisco) and British Columbia investigating air quality issues within commercial aircraft.