Press Releases 2014-2015

Professor David Russell to deliver public lecture at UWTSD Swansea on ‘Chemicals and Society: Benefits and Risk’


Professor David Russell, Head of CRCE-Wales (Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards) and Head of WHO Collaborating Centre for Chemical Incidents, CRCE will be visiting the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Swansea on April 23rd to deliver a lecture entitled ‘Chemicals and Society: Benefits and Risk.’

Professor David Russell

The event will be held in the Reading Room of UWTSD’s ALEX Design Exchange on Alexandra Road and will start at 6pm.

Professor Russell’s main interests include the public health management of chemical incidents, maritime transport, air quality and public health and chemical terrorism.

Having obtained several research grants from the European Union for study in these areas, Professor Russell also runs several training and teaching programmes, with regular contributions to universities in Kenya and Oman, as well as the Chulabhorn Research Institute (CRI).

He has strong links with the WHO (the World Health Organisation) and its regions and represents the UK at the Chemical Events Working Group of the G7+Mexico Global Health Security Action Group.

David Russell obtained a BSc in Neurophysiology from The University of Leeds in 1983, before completing a MSc in cardio-vascular physiology at the same university in 1984. He subsequently read medicine at the Welsh National School of Medicine (now Cardiff University), graduating in 1989.

He then practiced as an anaesthetist for two years, before specialising in medical biochemistry and completing his training in 2000, successfully obtaining his Membership of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2000, being made a fellow in 2003.

In 2000, he was appointed as the Medical Director of the National Focus for Chemical Incidents, before becoming the Senior Medical Officer for the Environment at Welsh Assembly Government in 2002. In 2003, he was appointed as Head of The Chemical Hazards and Poisons Division (Cardiff), part of the Health Protection Agency for whom he worked between 2003 and 2013.

He now works as a Consultant in environmental Toxicology for Public Health England.

For more information on the lecture or to book your place, please contact Amanda Hughes by emailing

Note to Editor

  1. For more information please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Senior PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676908 / / 07449 998476
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014