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.
The work of the UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit is funded by Public Health England as part of the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health, funded also by the UK Medical Research Council.
Land use regression models for the oxidative potential of fine particles (PM2.5) in five European areas
Oxidative potential (OP) of particulate matter (PM) is proposed as a biologically-relevant exposure metric for...
Road traffic noise and incident cardiovascular disease: a joint analysis of HUNT, EPIC-Oxford and UK Biobank
Aims: This study aimed to investigate the effects of long-term exposure to road traffic noise on incident CVD in...
Noise is defined as “unwanted sound.” Aircraft noise is one, if not the most detrimental environmental effect of...
Traffic pollution, but not traffic noise, linked to low birth weight Air pollution from road traffic is having a detrimental impact upon babies...
Dr Anna Hansell was invited to present a plenary talk at the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology in Sydney, Australia in September. Her...
On the 16th of June 2017 SAHSU published an assessment of exposure to particle pollution around 22 municipal waste incinerators. This paper is part of a...
The MRC-PHE Centre held the annual meeting of its International Scientific Advisory Board on Monday 8 May. The meeting was held in the old-style...
The Imperial Festival took place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May 2017. The free annual festival took place at the College’s South Kensington...
The next GIS for Public Health short course will run Monday 10th July - Friday 14th July 2017. For more information and to register please click...