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Professor Peter Blain


Professor of Environmental Medicine

Theme 6 - Biomarkers in detection and triage

Newcastle University

Professor Peter Blain has been Director of the joint Health Protection Agency/Newcastle University Medical Toxicology Centre since 2006 and honorary Consultant in Emergency Response Medicine to the Health Protection Agency and Department of Health since 2003.

He is a Clinical Consultant to the Ministry of Defence and is involved in defence medical sciences research, operational military medicine and CBRN medical countermeasures.

He is also an operational medical advisor to a military Medical Support Unit, including the provision of clinical care for CBRN casualties.

His research interests are primarily in clinical toxicology and the translation of mechanistic toxicology research to clinical practice and population health protection.

He has held major research funding (over £8M since 2006) for projects in neurotoxicology, population exposure biomarkers, skin permeability and decontamination, CBRN medical countermeasures and emergency response medical interventions.

Blain is also the Director for the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Chemical and Radiation Threats and Hazards.