A key aim of the Department is to integrate research into fundamental mechanisms of human toxicity with aspects of environmental and regulatory toxicology. Our intent is to apply cutting edge analytical science and technology to environmental toxicology, and to provide opportunities for thorough training in all aspects of the discipline.
In this respect the Analytical, Environmental & Forensic Science groups that make up the Department complement and support each other.
Specific examples include: improvements that aid the detection of drug-facilitated sexual assaults as well as other vulnerable groups, such as children, the chemical profiling of fingerprints, including for drugs in their residue and the use of nanoparticles in forensics.
The Drug Control Centre (DCC) which is part of the Department is the only World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratory in the UK and played a key role in the 2012 Olympics anti-doping screening program. The DCC is also accredited by the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) as a testing laboratory, in accordance with ISO 17025. The DCC was the first International Olympic Committee/WADA accredited laboratory to achieve this distinction.
Environmental Science within the Department focus on Air Quality research (measurement, modelling and toxicology research) within the Environmental Research Group (ERG) and Toxicogenomic research of soil-dwelling, model organisms.
Both groups are part of the MRC-PHE Centre for Environmental Health.
Key goals are:
- to develop environmental exposure modelling science
- measurement and effect science
- biomarker science
- to contribute to a better understanding of exposure/response relationships
- to further the potential of exposure research to contribute to the development of evidence-based policies which will ultimately improve the quality of our lives