Dr Gerry Kendall
BSc MSc PhD
Gerry Kendall has worked for thirty years at the National Radiological Protection Board. When he retired in 2005, rather than devote himself entirely to butterflies, he was offered an Honorary Research Fellowship with the Childhood Cancer Research Group (CCRG). When the CCRG was wound up in 2014, he was very grateful to accept the offer of a desk in CEU.
His main work at Oxford has involved calculating doses from natural ionising radiation and investigating their effects, both by calculation and by epidemiology. This culminated in a huge record-based case-control study which showed a link between natural gamma rays and childhood leukaemia (Kendall G, et al. Leukemia 2013;27:3–9). This contradicts suggestions that very low doses of radiation have no effects at all. He is working towards a second phase of this study which will
be even bigger than the initial phase of the study, and use better estimates of radiation dose.
Spatial prediction of naturally occurring gamma radiation in Great Britain.
Chernyavskiy P. et al, (2016), Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 164, 300 - 311
Residential mobility and associated factors in relation to the assessment of exposure to naturally occurring radiation in studies of childhood cancer
Kendall GM. et al, (2015), Journal of Radiological Protection, 35, 835 - 868
A record-based case-control study of natural background radiation and the incidence of childhood leukaemia and other cancers in Great Britain during 1980-2006
Kendall GM. et al, (2013), Leukemia, 27, 3 - 9
Childhood and adult cancers: contrasts and commonalities
Murphy MF. et al, (2013), Maturitas, 76, 95 - 98
Case-control study of paternal occupation and social class with risk of childhood central nervous system tumours in Great Britain, 1962-2006
Keegan TJ. et al, (2013), Br J Cancer, 108, 1907 - 1914