Health Protection Research Unit for Chemical & Radiation Threats & Hazards

Get Involved

Get Involved

We are keen to involve and engage the public and patients in our research.

Health Protection is about balancing risks - for example in evaluating new treatments or giving people advice using pesticides in the home. If we knew everything about the risks and how to deal with them, further research wouldn’t be needed.

The scientists and doctors who work on this project need to understand what concerns you to be sure that we are addressing the right questions in the right way. Given the importance of the topics it is essential that we understand public and patients’ concerns and seek your advice on how to report the outcome of the research.

We need your advice on:  

  • what aspects you (and the general public) are likely to be particularly interested to know about and therefore what our research should focus on;
  • who should be consulted as the research develops;
  • how to present and disseminate results in a clear and understandable way.

Overview of the project and lay summaries of research themes

‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌This Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) at Newcastle is one of 13 Centres funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Public Health England (PHE).  Its role is to investigate the effects of exposure to chemicals or radiation on people’s health and then to devise responses to keep us all safer.

The research covers 4 Themes.  You can find out about the issues being investigated by each theme by clicking on the links to summaries below. Each summary includes a link to further information and profiles of researchers.

Radiation Theme - Health Effects of Medical Radiation Exposure

Dermal Theme - The Skin and Barrier Function in Radiation and Chemical Exposures

Liver Theme - Chemical Exposures and the Development of Primary Biliary Cholangitis

Neurotoxicology Theme - Chemical Exposure and Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders


How to get involved

‌We have set up a Steering Committee‌ ‌to encourage people to get involved. You can let us have your comments and questions direct to, Michelle Thursby, Project Administrator and join in a range of interesting events and activities.

The committee is chaired by a member of the public, Dr Pamela Denham, and includes researchers and lay people who are working with each theme and give advice direct to the researchers.

Please read Dr Pamela Denham's blog about her involvement in the Public and Patient Involvement and Engagement Steering Committee for the project.

We have vacancies for new members from time to time so please look out for opportunities to join the committee and work with one of the themes. 

Events and Activities

‌Details about upcoming events will be published here when available.

Please read our Event Report, which includes a short film of the day, following our event on 27th February 2018 – Health Protection Research Matters: Keeping Patients and Public safer.

All our events are co-ordinated and advertised through VOICE. VOICE is an organisation at Newcastle University that provides opportunities for members of the public to become actively involved in research. 

If you are not currently a member of VOICE, you will need to register and complete the quick and easy registration process to become a member

If you are a member, you can just enter your login details. If you have any difficulty or have any questions about VOICE, please email or contact Katherine Jacques, Engagement Project Support Officer on 0191 208 1288. 

Contact us with any questions and to let us know what you think. 

Contact - Michelle Thursby