The Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU) was originally established in 1987 following the recommendations of the Black Enquiry, a national investigation into the incidence of leukaemia in children and young adults near the Sellafield nuclear plant.
The main aim of SAHSU has been to assess the risk of exposure to environmental factors, to the health of the population, with an emphasis on the use and interpretation of routine health statistics.
SAHSU is a nationally and internationally recognised institution for research into environment and health, with over 200 scientific publications and impact on health policy. SAHSU is currently undertaking a number of major research projects, with increasing attention being given to improving exposure assessment techniques.
SAHSU maintains a wide range of routinely collected health and environmental data at small area level. A key focus of its work is the development of methods in spatial statistical analysis to investigate potential associations between environmental factors and health.
SAHSU works with a multi-disciplinary team that collaborates extensively with other departments within Imperial College and with external institutions in the UK, Europe and the USA.
Exposure to aircraft and road traffic noise and associations with heart disease and stroke in six European countries: a cross-sectional study.
BACKGROUND: Although a number of studies have found an association between aircraft noise and hypertension, there is...
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association of aircraft noise with risk of stroke, coronary heart disease, and...
Comparative assessment of particulate air pollution exposure from municipal solid waste incinerator emissions
Research to date on health effects associated with incineration has found limited evidence of health risks,...
In this video, Professor Paul Elliott and Dr Ann Hansell discuss the methodology used in carrying out study linking aircraft noise to higher rates of heart...
Q&As relating to the SAHSU study "Aircraft noise and cardiovascular disease near London Heathrow Airport"
Study published in the BMJ October 12th 2013 (http://www.bmj.com/cgi/doi/10.1136/bmj.f5432 ) What does the study show? The study looked at the...
Risks of hospital admissions and deaths from stroke, heart and circulatory disease are higher in areas with high levels of aircraft noise, a study has found...
In the Chair: Professor Paul Elliott Vote of Thanks: Professor Elio Riboli Date: Tuesday, 26 November 2013 Time: 4-6 pm Venue TBC
King's College London (Room TBC) As in previous years the Training Programme Committee (TPC) and the Researchers' Society (RS) are jointly...
Paddington Station, Paddington, London, W2 1HQ United Kingdom Come along to Paddington station to meet the scientists SAHSU all...