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Professor Frank De Vocht - University of Bristol. Bristol, , GB

Professor Frank De Vocht Professor Frank De Vocht

Professor In Epidemiology & Public Health | University of Bristol


Examining diseases caused by radiation and excessive alcohol consumption

Areas of Expertise (11)


Non-Communicable Diseases



5G Networks

Policies On Alcohol Consumption

Radiation From Wifi

Public Health

Nuclear Radiation

5G Health Risks

Environmental Health


Dr Frank de Vocht is based in the Bristol Medical School's Centre for Populaton Health Sciences where he investigates the spread of non-communicable diseases – how they are caused and how they are overcome. He has a particular interest in diseases caused by radiation and by excessive alcohol consumption, alongside broader areas of environmental health and evaluations of public health policies and interventions.

Dr De Vocht is currently exploring the effectiveness of policies to reduce alcohol consumption in public places alongside ways of reducing radiation impacts from sources such as nuclear power stations, 5G masts, and mobile phones. He has also explored the health implications of working in other non-ionising settings, such as alongside MRI scanners in hospitals and in rubber manufacturing plants. He has an additional area of research focused on future planning in health systems using data analysis.






What's The Impact Of 5G? - BBC Click



Accomplishments (3)

Senior Author Paper nominated for Bernard Wheatly Award


Public Health England Annual Conference ePoster Award


University of Bristol Vice Chancellor’s Award for Education at the University Teaching Awards


Education (3)

Utrecht University: Ph.D., Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology 2006

Wageningen University & Research: M.Sc., Environmental and Occupational Health 2002

Wageningen University & Research: B.Sc., Environmental Sciences 1998

Media Appearances (5)

Negative energy surrounds Glastonbury’s 5G committee

The Times  online


Balance, rigour and the hierarchy of evidence are normally paramount in a scientific study. When it is an investigation into the safety of 5G technology led by Glastonbury town council, however, spiritual healers, conspiracy theorists and flower essence practitioners also make an appearance.

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What are the main health concerns around 5G and are they justified?

Woman & Home  online


Frank De Vocht Reader in Epidemiology and Public Health at Bristol University, whose research interests include the effects of ionising and non-ionizing radiation on human health, outlined that 5G will consist of two different parts or stages.

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Should we be hung up over 5G mega masts? As hundreds of 65ft mobile towers are set to transform internet speeds, residents in towns such as Totnes are fighting back

Daily Mail  online


Dr Frank de Vocht, an epidemiologist and public health scientist at Bristol University, warns that protesters do not want to delay the roll-out of 5G — but to block it altogether. ‘You cannot really prove that something is “100 per cent safe” using scientific methods,’ he says. This is because any studies that could be carried out would have to be done on animals or at a cellular level.

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Is your mobile phone damaging your brain?

Deutsche Welle  online


Likewise, Frank de Vocht, reader in Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Bristol, told DW it's unlikely the dangers of mobile phones have simply gone under the radar. "If the use of mobile phones would increase the risk of something significantly like, say, cancer, this would have been picked up much more clearly with the scientific methods we have now; for example how the risks of tobacco smoking on lung cancer are straightforward to pick up."

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The Faraday cage: from Victorian experiment to Snowden-era paranoia

The Guardian  online


“It’s not a new thing, but more and more stuff is being developed. My personal opinion is that it doesn’t do a lot,” says Frank de Vocht, a senior lecturer in epidemiology and public health research at Bristol University. “There will be a lot of leakage because it’s not a Faraday cage.”

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Articles (5)

A systematic review protocol examining workplace interventions that aim to improve employee health and wellbeing in male-dominated industries

Systematic Reviews

2020 The workplace environment potentially provides access to a large population who are employed, and it is an employer's responsibility to provide appropriate conditions for its employees. Whilst the aetiology of cardiovascular disease is multifactorial, it is generally acknowledged that working conditions, gender and age are involved in its development.

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Reweighting national survey data for small area behaviour estimates: modelling alcohol consumption in Local Authorities in England

Population Health Metrics

2020 There are likely to be differences in alcohol consumption levels and patterns across local areas within a country, yet survey data is often collected at the national or sub-national/regional level and is not representative for small geographic areas.

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Occupational zoonoses potential in Southeast Asia

Occupational Medicine

2020 Southeast Asia is considered to be a prime target for the emergence of zoonoses due to high population density, close proximity and interactions between humans, livestock and wild animals.

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Long-term impact of the expansion of a hospital liaison psychiatry service on patient care and costs following emergency department attendances for self-harm

BJPsych open

2020 In September 2014, as part of a national initiative to increase access to liaison psychiatry services, the liaison psychiatry services at Bristol Royal Infirmary received new investment of £250 000 per annum, expanding its availability from 40 to 98 h per week. The long-term impact on patient outcomes and costs, of patients presenting to the emergency department with self-harm, is unknown.

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Impact of banning smoking in cars with children on exposure to second-hand smoke: a natural experiment in England and Scotland


2020 England banned smoking in cars carrying children in 2015 and Scotland in 2016. We used survey data from 3 years for both countries (NEngland=3483–6920, NScotland=232–319) to assess effects of the English ban using logistic regression within a difference-in-differences framework. Among children aged 13–15 years, self-reported levels of regular exposure to smoke in cars for Scotland were 3.4% in 2012, 2.2% in 2014 and 1.3% in 2016 and for England 6.3%, 5.9% and 1.6%.

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