Human Radiation Effects Group

Photo of 'The field' by Richard Box showing many lights under a powerline

The Human Radiation Effects Group

We are interested in the environmental factors linked to the incidence of childhood leukaemia. One particular focus is the role played by electric and magnetic fields associated with the electricity supply. Two aspects are being investigated. The first concerns the role of corona ion emission from high voltage powerlines and how this may explain the observation of increased incidence of childhood leukaemia up to 600 metres from high voltage powerlines in England and Wales. The second concerns the mechanisms by which magnetic fields appear to increase the risk of childhood leukaemia as well as certain other diseases.

The Group is supported by CHILDREN with CANCER UK. Britain's leading charity dedicated to the conquest of Childhood leukaemia

December 2012:

Invited paper presented at The 7th Princess Chulabhorn International Science Congress, Bangkok 28th Nov to 3rd Dec 2012 Childhood Leukaemia and EMFs; Mobile Phones and Brain Tumours, Risks and Causal Pathways

October 2012:

Invited paper by Professor Denis L. Henshaw, presented at ITIS, 2012 Review of plausible interaction mechanisms of anthropogenic fields, with a focus on childhood leukaemia

July 2011:

Invited paper by Professor Denis L. Henshaw presented at the joint annual meeting of the Association for Radiation Research and The United Kingdom Environmental Mutagen Society, held at the University of Nottingham, June 29 - July 1, 2011. The interaction of magnetic fields with biological systems trying to understand the diversity of reported health effects.

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