International Scientific Advisory Board

The International Scientific Advisory Board acts as a scientific advisory committee for the MRC Centre for Environment and Health, providing independent advice to the Centre’s Director and Deputy Director on the strategic direction and development of the Centre, and reporting recommendations to the funding agencies.

The Chair, membership and terms of reference of the Board are agreed between the Medical Research Council (MRC), the University (Imperial College London as the lead research organization) and the Centre’s Director.




  • Professor Jonathan Samet MD, MS – Dean, Colorado School of Public Health, Colorado State University, USA


  • Professor Chris Holmes - Chair in Biostatistics, Department of Statistics, University of Oxford
  • Dr Daniel Greenbaum - President, Health Effects Institute, Boston, USA
  • Professor Martyn Smith - Professor of Toxicology, School of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, University of California Berkeley, USA
  • Professor Nick Wareham - Director, MRC Epidemiology Unit, Cambridge
  • Vacancy - following retirement of Dominique Gauguier


  • Dr Nathan Richardson - Head of Molecular and Cellular Medicine, Medical Research Council
  • Dr Tim Cullingford - Programme Manager for environmental health, pharmacology and toxicology, Medical Research Council
  • Dr Simon Bouffler - Deputy Director for Research, Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards (CRCE), Public Health England
  • Dr Bernadette Hannigan - Director of Research and Development, Public Health England

Scope and responsibilities

  • Assess the scope, content and quality of the Centre’s research and training activities within the context of the Centre’s mission and major strategic aims;
  • Advise on development of scientific strategy underpinning the research and training programme within the context of national/international developments in research in the field of environment and health;
  • Advise on the appropriate deployment of resources and development of research and training capacity;
  • Review the level and range of scientific and educational outputs of the Centre in relation to the stated milestones and deliverables.
  • Promote relevant contacts with government departments, agencies and other academic groups, nationally and internationally.