Antony Young

King's College London


Professor Young has been involved in research on the health effects of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) on human skin for the past 30 years. The European Commission (EC), UK Department of Health, UK Medical Research Council (MRC), research charities and industry have funded this research. Professor Young has a long-standing interest in photoprotection, and is also currently working on vitamin D, the photobiology of different skin types and the development of natural marine sunscreens – mycosporine like amino acids (MAA). He was the coordinator of a 4-year EC €3.5-million research project, within its Framework 7 Environment and Climate Change Programme, entitled “The impact of climatic and environmental factors on personal ultraviolet radiation exposure and human health (ICEPURE)”. This multi-national project assessed the beneficial and detrimental health impacts of UVR in field studies of human populations in work and leisure situations in different European countries.

Professor Young is an active member of the European Society for Photobiology (ESP) and the   American Society for Photobiology (ASP) and was the winner of the ASP 2016 Research Award.  Professor Young is also a member of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – Environmental Effects Assessment Panel.