The Radiation Epidemiology group carry out high quality research and provide advice on the health effects of ionising and non-ionising radiation which is mainly published in the peer reviewed scientific press. These publications contribute to the evidence base for health protection measures and to strengthen UKHSA's scientific reputation and the development of health protection services and expert advice.
The group manages two large epidemiological cohorts owned by UKHSA:
UKHSA has a contract with the NDA to manage its epidemiological research program (Link). This involves management of a large cohort of ex-BNFL (British Nuclear Fuels Limited) workers and a cohort of United Kingdom Atomic Energy Agency (UKAEA) workers which were transferred to the NDA following a reorganisation of the nuclear industry. It also involves undertaking a programme of research with the aim of reassuring the NDA workforce that their health is not unacceptably or unduly impacted by their occupational radiation exposure. UKHSA also provides the conduit through which other researchers may seek permission to use these data for appropriately authorised research.
The group provides advice and support to UKHSA, government departments & other public health staff on results and applications of radiation epidemiology studies. This includes advice and support to the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) in particular in regard to lifetime radiation risk estimates for cancer and non-cancer diseases.
The group provides training and lecturing in radiation epidemiology. The group maintains an overview of the latest relevant research in the epidemiological and statistical literature, and undertakes peer review of manuscripts on behalf of scientific and medical journals.
We are continuously seeking potential collaborations with all research establishments (universities, institutes and government organisations).
We are particularly interested in approaches from groups who have similar epidemiological data from cohort studies which could be pooled with our cohort data to generate larger more statistically powerful data sets to better investigate the effects of radiation exposure on human health. We have considerable experience of this type of collaboration and have successfully overcome both the information governance issues and statistical modelling challenges of such projects.