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

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

Public Health England

Simon Bouffler is Deputy Director for Research at Public Health England’s Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards (CRCE). 

He obtained a BSc in Biology and subsequently a PhD from the University of Southampton. He started his career as a post-doctoral research assistant in the Cancer Research Campaign Mammalian Cell DNA repair research group in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge.

In 1991 he moved to the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) as a Senior Scientific Officer. He subsequently took Group Leader and Department Head roles; NRPB became part of the Health Protection Agency and consequently, since 2013 part of Public Health England as CRCE.

Simon’s main research interests concern the mechanisms of radiation carcinogenesis and variation in radiation sensitivity. He also has interests in the effects of UV light, electromagnetic fields and chemical agents. Recently he has developed an interest in the mechanisms of cataract and circulatory disease development following radiation exposure.  He has a consistent publication record with over 80 publications listed in PubMed. 

He has significant involvement in European Union funded research through contributions to the DoReMi Network of Excellence, MELODI, OPERRA and co-ordination of RISK-IR. His research has also received support from the US DoE low dose program and UK research charities.

Dr Bouffler has served as secretary to the PHE’s Advisory Group on Ionising Radiation, overseeing the publication of seven major reports covering diverse topics, including circulatory disease risk, risks from tritium, radon and public health and most recently human radiosensitivity. He has been a member of the UK delegation to the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) since 2008 and is a member of the International Commission on Radiological Protection’s Committee 1 (Radiation Effects).

Dr. Simon Bouffler is interim Deputy Director for Research and Head of Biological Effects Department at the Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards (CRCE) of Public Health England (PHE).

Dr. Bouffler graduated from the University of Southampton with a BSc in biology in 1981. He went on to complete a PhD in Southampton in 1984 on the modulation of chemical genotoxicity by cadmium. Between 1985 and 1990 he carried out research on DNA repair and mutagenesis at the University of Cambridge. He joined the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) in 1991, becoming Group Leader in 1994, Department Head in 2003 and interim Deputy Director in 2013. During this period NRPB became part of the Health Protection Agency (HPA, 2005-2013) and then PHE (April 2013).

Dr. Bouffler has been involved in several European and international research projects both as a participant and in lead roles. Currently he co-ordinates the EU FP7 RISK-IR project that aims to understand how stem cell responses contribute to low dose radiation cancer risk and is involved in the DoReMi Network of Excellence. His main research interests are in mechanisms of radiation-associated diseases reflected in over 75 peer reviewed publications.

He has been Secretary of the Advisory Group on Ionising Radiation from 2005 to present. He has been a member of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) Committee 1 since July 2013.

Dr. Bouffler has been a member of the UK delegation to UNSCEAR since 2006.