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COMARE Committee Members

Members are appointed by the Chief Medical Officer on the basis of the Nolan principles. Records are held by the Department of Health and the Health Protection Agency's Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards.

Chairman  
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Professor Alex Elliott BA PhD DSc CPhys FInstP FIPEM

Professor of Clinical Physics & Consultant Clinical Physicist

 
  University of Glasgow
Glasgow
  Current term: 01.04.13 - 31.03.15  
Deputy Chairman  
     
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Dr Paul Darragh MD PhD MSc FRCP FFPHM

Public Health Physician

 
 

Public Health Agency for Northern Ireland

Belfast

  Current term: 01.06.11 - 31.05.15
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Professor William Evans MA PhD FInstP FIPEM HonMRCR

Head of Medical Physics

 

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff

  Current term: 01.04.14 - 31.03.17  
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Dr Brenda Howard MBE

Radioecologist

 
  Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre
 
  Current term: 01.04.14 - 30.09.17  
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Professor Munira Kadhim PhD

Professor of Radiation Biology

 
 

Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

Oxford Brookes University, Oxford

  Current term: 01.06.11 - 31.05.15
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Professor Peter Marsden MSc PhD FSRP MIPEM MInstP CRadP

Head of Medical Physics and Bioengineering

 

UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

London

  Current term: 01.04.14 - 30.09.16
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Dr Giles Maskell MA FRCP FRCR

Consultant Clinical Radiologist

 

Department of Radiology

Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro

  Current term: 01.06.10 - 31.05.14
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Professor Stephanie McKeown MA PhD FSB CBiol

Director

 
 

Health and Rehabilitation Science Research Institute

University of Ulster

  Current term: 01.06.11 - 31.05.15
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Dr Tom Nunan MD FRCP FRCR

Nuclear Medicine Physician

 

Retired

  Current term: 01.06.11 - 31.05.15
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Dr Mark Pearce BSc MSc PhD

Senior Lecturer (Epidemiology)

 

Institute of Health and Society,

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne

  Current term: 01.04.14 - 31.03.18
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Mr Ian Robinson BSc CRadP FSRP FNucI

Consultant on nuclear and radiation safety (formerly HM Superintending Inspector of Nuclear Installation, Office for Nuclear Regulation)

 

Merseyside

  Current term: 01.06.13 - 31.05.16
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Professor Roger Taylor MA, FRCPE, FRCP, FRCR

Professor of Clinical Oncology and Honorary Consultant Oncologist

 

School of Medicine

Swansea University

  Current term: 01.12.11 - 30.11.15
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Professor Richard Wakeford BSc PhD CSci CPhys FInstP CStat CEng MINucE CRadP FSRP

Visiting Professor in Epidemiology

 

Dalton Nuclear Institute

University of Manchester

  Current term: 01.12.07 - 30.11.11  
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Professor Peter Warwick BA MSc PhD DSc CChem FRSC

Professor of Environmental Radiochemistry

Head, Department of Chemistry

Director, Centre for Environmental Studies

 
 

Loughborough University

 
  Current term: 01.04.14 - 31.03.18  
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Professor Catharine West BA PhD

Professor of Radiation Biology

 
 

The University of Manchester
Manchester

 
  Current term: 01.06.13 - 31.05.16  
     
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Secretariat

The independent members of COMARE are supported in their work by a Secretariat which, since 1996, has been provided by the Public Health England - Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards (PHE-CRCE), formerly HPA & NRPB. The Secretariat have expertise which enables them to provide members with comprehensive background information and briefing papers that inform the decision making processes of the Committee.

  • Dr Jill Meara FFPH (Scientific)
  • Dr Emma Petty BSc PhD (Scientific)
  • Dr Kerry Broom BSc DPhil CBiol FSB (Scientific)
  • Ms Kim Stonell (Minutes)
  • Ms Janet Humphreys (Administration)
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Assessors In Attendance Representing The Following Organisations

  • Department for Communities and Local Government
  • Department of Energy and Climate Change
  • Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Health, Social Services & Public Safety (Northern Ireland)
  • Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills
  • Environment Agency
  • Food Standards Agency
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Information Services Division, NHS Scotland
  • Medical Research Council
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
  • Office of National Statistics
  • Public Health England
  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency
  • Scottish Government
  • Welsh Government
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Declarations Of Interests

During all discussions individuals are required to declare potential conflicts of interest and in such cases can be disqualified from further discussion at the Chairman's discretion. These declarations are supplementary to interests declared on appointment to the Committee and annually thereafter.

Details of the Declarations of Interests are given here.

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COMARE Subgroups

Authorisation Working Group

Chairman:  Professor W Evans

Members:

  • Professor A Elliott
  • Dr B Howard
  • Professor R Wakeford
  • Professor P Warwick

Secretariat:   Miss J Kedward

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Contaminations Working Group

Chairman: Professor A Elliott
Members:

  • Professor T Atkinson
  • Professor R Wakeford
  • Dr M Pearce
  • Dr B Howard
  • Professor P Marsden

Assessors:

  • SEPA
  • EA
  • PHE
  • Sellafield Ltd
  • DH
  • FSA
  • NDA

Secretariat:  Dr E Petty

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Sellafield and Dounreay Review Subcommittee

Chairman:  Dr M Pearce

Members:

  • Professor A Elliott
  • Professor R Wakeford
  • Professor S Hodgson
  • Mr R Black
  • Mrs K Bunch

Assessor:  DH

Secretariat:  Dr K Broom and Dr E Petty

Terms of Reference:

“To review and update  cancer incidence and risk data in individuals born, or resident, in the vicinity of the Sellafield and Dounreay nuclear installations as per Recommendation 5 of our Eleventh Report.  If any unusual incidence is observed, then to investigate whether there is or has been any association with potential radiological causes, including  local levels of radioactive discharges from the sites.”

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Medical Practices Subcommittee (CT)

Chairman:  Dr G Maskell

Members:

  • Dr T Nunan
  • Professor M Kadhim
  • Professor S Hodgson
  • Professor P Hoskin
  • Professor W Evans
  • Dr S Golding
  • Mrs H Warner

Assessor:  DH

Secretariat:  Mr S Ebdon-Jackson and Dr E Petty

Terms of Reference:

"To advise COMARE on the health effects arising from medical and similar practices involving the use of ionising and non-ionising radiation through assessment of the available data and to inform COMARE of further research priorities."

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Medical Practices Subcommittee (IR)

Chairman:  Professor A Elliott

Members:

  • Dr T Nunan
  • Professor S McKeown
  • Professor P Marsden
  • Professor R Taylor
  • Dr I Robertson
  • Mrs H Warner

Assessor:  DH, PHE

Secretariat:  Dr E Petty

Terms of Reference:

"To advise COMARE on the health effects and risks arising from  the use of ionising and non-ionising radiation in interventional radiology through assessment of the available data and to inform COMARE of further research priorities."

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