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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

Epidemiological studies of radiation exposed populations have produced evidence for increased risk of circulatory diseases (primarily but not exclusively, heart attack and stroke) at doses down to about 0.5 Gy. High dose radiation exposures are known to cause direct damage to heart tissue but... Read more...

Theme 3: Project 2 - Electromagnetic fields

We will start the SCAMP study involving a group of ~2,500 secondary school children to investigate whether children’s use of mobile phones and/or other technologies that use radio waves e.g. wireless internet, might affect their neurocognitive or behavioural development e.g. attention and memory... Read more...

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

Vitamin D deficiency/insufficiency is a worldwide health problem that is associated not only with impaired musculoskeletal health, but also a wide range of acute and chronic immune-mediated diseases ranging from autoimmune and allergic conditions to cancer. However, much of the evidence is... Read more...