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.
A review of studies of childhood cancer and natural background radiation
Kendall GM. et al, (2021), International Journal of Radiation Biology, 1 - 32
Summary of Radiation Research Society Online 66th Annual Meeting, Symposium on “Epidemiology: Updates on epidemiological low dose studies”, including Discussion
Milder CM. et al, (2021), International Journal of Radiation Biology, 1 - 19
Epidemiological Studies of Low-Dose Ionizing Radiation and Cancer: Summary Bias Assessment and Meta-Analysis
Hauptmann M. et al, (2020), JNCI Monographs, 2020, 188 - 200
Epidemiological Studies of Low-Dose Ionizing Radiation and Cancer: Rationale and Framework for the Monograph and Overview of Eligible Studies
Berrington de Gonzalez A. et al, (2020), JNCI Monographs, 2020, 97 - 113
Case-control study of paternal occupational exposures and childhood bone tumours and soft-tissue sarcomas in Great Britain, 1962-2010.
Kendall GM. et al, (2020), Br J Cancer, 122, 1250 - 1259