Health Protection Research Unit for Chemical & Radiation Threats & Hazards



The Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Chemical and Radiation Threats and Hazards aims to identify chemical and radiation hazards and understand the risks to public and patient health.

The Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Chemical and Radiation Threats and Hazards is a partnership between:

Through our everyday lives we come into contact with a wide variety of hazards, both natural and man-made, for example:

  • chemicals in the environment such as organochlorine pesticides
  • naturally occurring chemicals including plant derived flavours
  • synthetic drugs
  • radiation from medical sources
  • radiation from the sun in the form of UV light

Exposure to any of these may cause harm to individuals.

The aims of HPRU are to:

  • reduce exposure
  • detect any exposure
  • understand what happens when people are exposed
  • treat the consequences of exposure

To achieve these aims, we have brought together a multidisciplinary team. This includes:

  • clinicians who specialise in radiation and emergency medicine
  • epidemiologists
  • scientists with knowledge of radiation effects and chemical toxicity

This team will be able to understand the potential hazards that surround us and provide a strategy on how to manage those situations where possible hazards might occur.

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Our funding comes directly from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

We are one of 13 health protection units set up in April 2014.

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For further details on our work and to get involved, contact us.