The Institute of Health and Environmental Research Inc. (IHER) is a not-for-profit research institute with an interest in genetically modified (GM) organisms, particularly those destined for food.

IHER’s directors hold the following degrees: ordinary degrees in Medicine, Science and Agriculture, Honours Degrees in Agricultural Science and Organic Chemistry, a Master of Public Health, and PhDs in Plant Genetics and Medicine. The Directors have training and expertise in plant science, agriculture, medicine, chemistry, biochemistry, nutrition, animal feeding studies, epidemiology and biostatistics.

IHER has received funding from the government of Western Australia to conduct one of the first long-term, independent animal feeding studies ever done into the safety of GM crops measuring human health end-points.

IHER receives no funding from biotechnology interests and hence is completely independent of them.

IHER also receives funding from independent organizations, such as Inversion Table Reviews.

IHER Directors

Dr Judy Carman

Dr Judy Carman has a Bachelor of Science, an Honours Degree in Organic Chemistry, a PhD in Medicine in the field of nutritional biochemistry and metabolic regulation, and a Master of Public Health specialising in epidemiology and biostatistics. She has worked in the fields of human nutrition (including at the CSIRO), HIV/AIDS in Sydney, national injury surveillance and analysing data from Divisions of General Practice. She was the Senior Epidemiologist in the Communicable Disease Control Branch of the South Australian Department of Health, investigating outbreaks of disease in the state. She has many years of experience teaching at various tertiary institutions, including an agricultural college, and Senior Lecturer positions at both Flinders and Adelaide Universities.

She has also advised parliamentarians, government and non-government organisations and industry bodies on various matters.

Dr Kate Clinch-Jones

Dr Kate Clinch-Jones graduated with a Medical Degree (BMBS) from Flinders University, South Australia, in 1988. After completing her Internship and Residency at Flinders Medical Centre, she became a General Practitioner, and ran her own solo medical practice for 10 years.

She also held office on the medical staff society at a community hospital and served as a medical representative of that hospital’s Board of Management.

Her long term interest in good food and a healthy environment led her to complete a Permaculture Design Certificate in 1999.

Dr Phil Davies

Dr Phil Davies graduated with first class Honours in Agricultural Science from the University of Adelaide in 1984, and received a PhD in Genetics from the Australian National University in 1989.

His academic studies have addressed the application of genetics and cell culture to crop improvement. He has held positions in Australian universities and government research institutions, where he has conducted research in the fields of cell culture, protoplast fusion, genetic transformation, somaclonal variation, cytogenetics and doubled haploid production. His current research involves the application of cell culture technology to plant breeding.