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.
Bayesian spatial modelling for quasi-experimental designs: An interrupted time series study of the opening of Municipal Waste Incinerators in relation to infant mortality and sex ratio
There is limited evidence on potential health risks from Municipal Waste...
Risk of congenital anomalies near municipal waste incinerators in England and Scotland: Retrospective population-based cohort study
Background: Few studies have investigated congenital anomalies in relation to municipal waste...
INTRODUCTION: Birth weight is a strong predictor of infant mortality, morbidity and later disease risk. Previous...
On the 21st of June 2019 SAHSU published a paper titled "Risk of congenital anomalies near municipal waste incinerators in England and Scotland:...
On the 22nd of November 2018 SAHSU published a paper titled "Fetal growth, stillbirth, infant mortality and other birth outcomes near UK municipal waste...
Prize awarded to SAHSU member: 3rd Early Career Researchers Conference on Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE Young) in Freising, Germany.
Aina Roca-Barceló (pictured above), is an early researcher who works as a Research Assistant in Epidemiology for the Small...
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...
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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...