King's College London
School of Biomedical Sciences
Analytical & Environmental Sciences
Chemistry is fundamental to all three activities and particular strengths exist in the separation sciences and mass spectrometry and the development of novel analytical methods. Specific examples include improvements to aid detection of drug-facilitated sexual assaults and other vulnerable groups, such as children, the chemical profiling of fingerprints, including drugs and their residues, and use of nanoparticles for forensic purposes. The Drug Control Centre in the Division is the UK World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratory and it will play a key role in the 2012 Olympics anti-doping screening program.
In the area of Environmental Health we aim to integrate research into fundamental mechanisms of human toxicity with aspects of environmental and regulatory toxicology. A clear intent is the application of cutting edge analytical science and technology to environmental toxicology, and to provide opportunities for a thorough training in all aspects of the discipline.
Environmental Science activity focuses on air quality and includes monitoring, modelling and toxicology research. This is undertaken primarily within the Environmental Research Group, which is part of the MRC-HPA Centre for Environmental Health. Key goals for the Division are: (a) to develop environmental exposure modelling science; (b) measure and effect science; (c) biomarker science;(d) to contribute to a better understanding of exposure/response relationships; and (e) to further the potential of exposure research to contribute to the development of evidence-based policies.
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