Biography

I am a retired Professor of Environmental Sciences and was formerly the Director of the Centre for Environmental Risk (1998-99) and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research (1999-2004). My research is concerned with the effects of environmental conditions on health. This includes work on the effects of climate change on the risks of heat-wave deaths, winter deaths, the incidence of food poisoning and the impact on water-borne enteric infections such as cryptosporidiosis. My current research focuses on the positive and negative effects of exposure to sunlight and includes research on the effects of light exposure on age-related macular degeneration and the effects of sunlight on vitamin D status. I was Co-Chair of the MRC-NERC Cooperative Group on Climate Change, Ozone Depletion and Health, a member of the DETR Ultraviolet Measurements and Monitoring Review Group and of the Department of Health Expert Group on the Health Effects of Climate Change in the UK. 

All Publications

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Lake, I. R., Hooper, L., Abdelhamid, A., Bentham, G., Boxall, A. B. A., Draper, A., Fairweather-Tait, S., Hulme, M., Hunter, P. R., Nichols, G., Waldron, K. W.

(2012)

Climate change and food security: health impacts in developed countries,

in Environmental Health Perspectives

120

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pp. 1520-1526

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Ampikaipakan, S., Hughes, D., Hughes, J., Amen, T., Bentham, G., Wilson, A.

(2011)

Vitamin D and COPD: seasonal variation is important,

in Thorax

66

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pp. 541-542

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Jennings, A., Welch, A., Jones, A. P., Harrison, F., Bentham, G., van Sluijs, E. M. F., Griffin, S. J., Cassidy, A.

(2011)

Local food outlets, weight status, and dietary intake: associations in children aged 9-10 years,

in American Journal of Preventive Medicine

40

(4)

pp. 405-410

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Colon-Gonzalez, F., Lake, I., Bentham, G.

(2011)

Climate variability and dengue fever in warm and humid Mexico,

in American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

84

(5)

pp. 757-763

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Harrison, F., Bentham, G., Jones, A., Cassidy, A., van Sluijs, E., Griffin, S.

(2011)

School level correlates with adiposity in 9–10 year old children,

in Health & Place

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pp. 710-716

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Harrison, F., Jones, A., Bentham, G., van Sluijs, E., Cassidy, A., Griffin, S.

(2011)

The impact of rainfall and school break time policies on physical activity in 9-10 year old British children: A repeated measures study,

in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

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pp. 47

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Harrison, F., Jones, A., van Sluijs, E., Cassidy, A., Bentham, G., Griffin, S.

(2011)

Environmental correlates of adiposity in 9–10 year old children: Considering home and school neighbourhoods and routes to school,

in Social Science & Medicine

72

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pp. 1411-1419

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Jones, A., Bentham, G.

(2009)

Obesity and the environment,

in Clinical Obesity in Adults & Children.

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing

pp. 440-451

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Jones, A., Bentham, G.

(2009)

Particulate air pollution and mortality from lung cancer in local authority districts in England and Wales,

in Cancer Research Journal

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pp. 287-299

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Lake, I., Gillespie, I., Bentham, G., Nichols, G., Lane, C., Adak, G., Threlfall, E.

(2009)

A re-evaluation of the impact of temperature and climate change on foodborne illness,

in Epidemiology and Infection

137

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pp. 1538-1547

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Lake, I., Nichols, G., Harrison, F., Bentham, G., Sari Kovats, R., Grundy, C., Hunter, P.

(2009)

Using infectious intestinal disease surveillance data to explore illness aetiology; a cryptosporidiosis case study,

in Health and Place

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pp. 333-339

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Augood, C., Chakravarthy, U., Young, I., Vioque, J., De Jong, P., Bentham, G., Rahu, M., Seland, J., Soubrane, G., Tomazzoli, L., Topouzis, F., Vingerling, J., Fletcher, A.

(2008)

Oily fish consumption, dietary docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid intakes, and associations with neovascular age-related muscle degeneration,

in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

88

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pp. 398-406

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Lake, I., Harrison, F., Chalmers, R., Bentham, G., Nichols, G., Hunter, P., Kovats, R., Grundy, C.

(2007)

Case-control study of environmental and social factors influencing cryptosporidiosis,

in European Journal of Epidemiology

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pp. 805-811

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Lake, I., Nichols, G., Bentham, G., Harrison, F., Hunter, P., Kovats, R.

(2007)

Cryptosporidiosis Decline after Regulation, England and Wales, 1989–2005,

in Emerging Infectious Diseases

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pp. 623-625

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Lake, I., Nichols, G., Bentham, G., Harrison, F., Hunter, P., Kovats, R.

(2007)

Cryptosporidiosis decline after regulation, England and Wales, 1989-2005,

in Emerging Infectious Diseases

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pp. 623-625

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Augood, C., Vingerling, J., De Jong, P., Chakravarthy, U., Seland, J., Soubrane, G., Tomazzoli, L., Topouzis, F., Bentham, G., Rahu, M., Vioque, J., Young, I., Fletcher, A.

(2006)

Prevalance of age-related maculopathy in older Europeans: The European Eye Study (EUREYE),

in Archives of Ophthalmology

124

(4)

pp. 529-535

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Lake, I., Bentham, G., Kovats, R., Nichols, G.

(2005)

Effects of weather and river flow on cryptosporidiosis,

in Journal of Water and Health

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pp. 469-474

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Augood, C., Fletcher, A., Bentham, G., Chakravarthy, U., De Jong, P., Rahu, M., Seland, J., Soubrane, G., Tomazzoli, L., Topouzis, F., Vioque, J., Young, I.

(2004)

Methods for a population-based study of the prevalence of and risk factors for agerelated maculopathy and macular degeneration in elderly European populations: The EUREYE study,

in Ophthalmic Epidemiology

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pp. 117-129

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Gibbs, S., Surridge, H., Adamson, R., Cohen, B., Bentham, G., Reading, R.

(2003)

Atopic dermatitis and the hygiene hypothesis: A case control study (Abstract),

in British Journal of Dermatology

148

pp. 1291-1292

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Lane, S., Watts, R., Bentham, G., Innes, N., Scott, D.

(2003)

Are environmental factors important in primary systemic vasculitis? - A case control study,

in Arthritis and Rheumatism

48

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pp. 814-823

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Key Research Interests

Effects of environmental conditions on health; climate change and health. Positive and negative effects of exposure to sunlight. Light exposure and the risk of age-related macular degeneration; sunlight exposure and vitamin D status; environmental influences on physical activity and obesity. 

Significant Publications

  • Augood, C.A., J.R. Vingerling, P.T.V.M. De Jong, U. Chakravarthy, J. Seland, G. Soubrane, L. Tomazzoli, F. Topouzis, G. Bentham, M. Rahu, J. Vioque, I.S. Young, A.E. Fletcher, (2006). Prevalence of age-related maculopathy in older Europeans: The European Eye Study (EUREYE). Archives of Ophthalmology, 124 (4), 529-535. DOI: 10.1001/archopht.124.4.529 
  • Augood, C., A. Fletcher, G. Bentham, U. Chakravarthy, P.T.V.M. De Jong, M. Rahu, J. Seland, G. Soubrane, L. Tomazzoli, F. Topouzis, J. Vioque, I. Young, (2004). Methods for a population-based study of the prevalence of and risk factors for age-related maculopathy and macular degeneration in elderly European populations: The EUREYE study. Ophthalmic Epidemiology, 11 (2), 117-129.
  • Lake, I.R., G. Bentham, R.S. Kovats, G.L. Nichols, (2005). Effects of weather and river flow on cryptosporidiosis. Journal of Water and Health, 3 (4), 469-474.
  • Gibbs, S., H. Surridge, R. Adamson, B. Cohen, G. Bentham, R. Reading, (2004). Atopic dermatitis and the hygiene hypothesis: A case-control study. International Journal of Epidemiology, 33 (1), 199-207. DOI: 10.1093/ije/dyg267 
  • Lane, S.E., R.A. Watts, G. Bentham, N.J. Innes, D.G.I. Scott, (2003). Are environmental factors important in primary systemic vasculitis? A case-control study. Arthritis and Rheumatism, 48 (3), 814-823 DOI: 10.1002/art.10830 
  • Bentham, G., I.H. Langford, (2001). Environmental temperatures and the incidence of food poisoning in England and Wales. International Journal of Biometeorology, 45 (1), 22-26. DOI: 10.1007/s004840000083

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