Transgenerational effects of parental occupational radiation exposure

This is a major research programme which involved the construction of a unique database of all 300,000 births in Cumbria, North of England linked to health data (cancer and deaths) and paternal occupational radiation exposures (at Sellafield).  All births are geographically referenced using postcodes and grid-references.

The database has been used to investigate the role of parental radiation exposure, proximity to hazardous locations and other factors on the health of children in Cumbria.  Health outcome data was obtained from various sources (National Health Service Central Register, Northern Region Fetal Abnormalities Survey, several Cancer Registries and by direct abstraction of family practitioner records).