In this issue, Alex Perry describes non-cancer health effects of ionising radiation in an article titled ‘Ionising Radiation and Tissue Effects’. His article summarises medical conditions such as radiation sickness and sterility that can arise a short time after exposure and effects such as cardiovascular disease which can arise several years later. There is also discussion of cataracts and about how scientific understanding of these effects, collectively described as ‘tissue effects’, has progressed.

We also provide a short summary of our ‘Basic Facts’ series which were are populating onto the CHRC website The purpose of this interactive, educational resource is to provide interested readers with knowledge of the science that underpins our research.

Speaking of our research, we continue to be busy with the processing and analysing of blood samples in the Genetic and Cytogenetic Study. We have now received samples from over 80% of our recruited families, which is excellent and are on course to complete analysis on some aspects of this study by the end of this year. We remain very grateful to all those who have taken part and those participants who are continuing to provide blood samples for this study.

With regards to the social science studies, George has finished collecting data for his exposure worry study and is currently analysing the results of the surveys and the transcripts of the interviews which took place. Amy has completed the collection of data from two rounds of in-depth interviews. She is currently using a process of creative nonfiction writing to represent the findings in a way that is both novel and accessible to all. Both George and Amy would like to thank everyone who volunteered and contributed to these projects.

Last August researchers from the CHRC participated in the International Congress of Radiation Research (ICRR) in Manchester. The ICRR is the premier international scientific conference which brings together scientists from all over the world who study the effects of ionising radiation. CHRC staff and students participated in the programme of this 5-day event with oral and poster presentations about our research with British nuclear test veterans. This forum not only increases the profile of CHRC’s research to an international scientific audience but also promotes potential collaborative new research partnerships.