Our main areas of work are:

  • To conduct and publish experimental research into the effects of ionising and non-ionising radiation to inform and improve health risk assessment;
  • To conduct and publish epidemiological analyses on radiation risk, especially in relation to UK occupational ionising radiation exposure risk to improve quantification of health risks in humans;
  • To provide a source of expert knowledge on the health risks and biological effects of ionising, non-ionising and optical radiation to facilitate the development of appropriate radiation protection standards and advice, working with government, national and local organisations, international bodies and others;
  • To provide a biological dosimetry service to assess individual radiation exposures;

Overall, the department aims to produce and publish high quality research relevant to radiation protection. This research output and the staff involved ensure the related UKHSA advisory functions are of international standing.