Non Peer-reviewed Articles

These are articles which the CHRC has written specifically for the British nuclear test veteran community for publication in the magazines Campaign (2016-2017) and Exposure (since 2018). Their purpose to inform the nuclear community about the work of the CHRC and to educate about the science which underpins our research.


Ionising Radiation and Cancer Part 1
Published in Exposure Magazine, December 2020

In this article we discuss cancer as a health effect which may arise as a consequence of exposure to ionising radiation.

Ionising Radiation and Tissue Effects Part 2
Published in Exposure Magazine, Summer 2020

This is the second part of a two-part article. This article discusses examples of late tissue effects, i.e. effects which can take place several years after exposure such as cardiovascular disease and cataracts.

Ionising Radiation and Tissue Effects Part 1
Published in Exposure Magazine, April 2020

In this article, we discuss the non-cancer health effects of radiation on exposed individuals. The article explains how ionising radiation can cause damage to cells that can lead to cellular death and how this in-turn can produce damage in tissues and organs known as ‘tissue effects’.

Radiation Exposed Populations
Published in Exposure Magazine, August 2019

In this article we introduce research from scientists from around the world who are studying groups of people known to be exposed to radiation. The article includes medically-exposed populations, survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and those affected by the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident.

Assessment of Risks from Combined Exposures to Radiation and Chemicals
Published in Exposure Magazine, April 2019

Here we summarise the CHRC project that is examining the effects of combined exposures to radiation and chemicals. The article explains the work being carried out in order to help us gain an understanding of the possible risks of such combined exposure on health.

Investigating the DNA of British Nuclear Test Veterans and their Families
Published in Exposure Magazine, December 2018

A major component of the research programme that is currently underway at CHRC is the genetic and cytogenetic assessment of nuclear test veterans and their families. This article provides information on the rationale and process for undertaking this study.

Techniques to study de novo mutations
Published in Exposure Magazine, August 2018

We describe here the scientific detail behind the new DNA technologies that we are using as part of the ‘Genetic and Cytogenetic study’. The techniques and processes described can be used to identify the potential for newly arising mutations in the descendants of exposed populations.

Exposure Worry, Ageing, and Cognitive Functioning
Published in Exposure Magazine, August 2018

This article outlines the CHRC project that is examining factors associated with cognitive functioning. The article talks about the nature of ‘exposure worry’ and the possible association with cognitive impairment in old age, specifically in veterans who have witnessed historical nuclear weapons tests.

Why can’t I volunteer for the genetic study?
Published in Exposure Magazine, April 2018

At the start of the ‘Genetic and Cytogenetic’ study the CHRC was approached by many veterans wishing to take part. This article was written in response to explain the reasons why individuals are are unable to pro-actively volunteer.

Genome Biology: Techniques to study chromosome aberrations
Published in Campaign Magazine, Spring 2017

This article provides background knowledge relevant to the ‘Genetic and Cytogenetic’ study. It describes the various techniques used to study chromosomal aberrations including an overview of the technique known as fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH).

Genome Biology: Chromosomes and their structural rearrangement
Published in Campaign Magazine, Summer 2016

This article describes the structural rearrangement of chromosomes and the possibility of incorrect repair when damage occurs as a result of radiation exposure.