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Theme 3: Health impact of low dose non-ionising and ionising radiation

Theme 3: Introduction

Overall aim of this theme: This theme aims to quantify the health risks and benefits associated with exposures to low-level non-ionising and ionising radiation, including the effects of light, UV and radiofrequency exposures.

Theme 3: Project 1 - Novel human cell model of atherogenesis

We have demonstrated that ionising radiation (A) causes the apical surface of endothelial cells to become highly adhesive and (B) disrupts the production of junction proteins that hold adjacent endothelial cells together. These features increase the risk of atherosclerotic plaque formation... Read more...

Theme 3: Project 2 - Electromagnetic fields

The SCAMP cohort study is investigating whether children’s use of mobile phones and/or other wireless technologies that use radio waves (e.g. tablets, laptops) might affect their neurocognitive or behavioural development (e.g. attention and memory).

A biomarker validation study is being... Read more...

Theme 3: Project 3 - UV radiation effects on vitamin D sufficiency and blood pressure

The blood pressure study was initiated to test the claims that UV can decrease blood pressure; a claim that is potentially very relevant in health protection. Our own investigations revealed that while UVB (which is very much more damaging to DNA) has no appreciable effect on nitric oxide (NO)... Read more...