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Workshop Report: "Low Dose Radiation Epidemiology - What Can it Tell Us?" 
Published: June 01, 2009
Posted: June 08, 2009

The Office of Science held a workshop in December 2008 identifying a pressing need and a golden opportunity to obtain more information on the long term effects of relatively low radiation doses, delivered over protracted periods of time, by pooling and updating data for various groups of occupationally exposed U.S. workers.  This group of workers represents a large and relatively untapped data base.  In the long run, this data could be integrated with studies from around the world.  With the continuing increase of diagnostic radiation, large studies with good dosimetry of both patients and medical personnel could also contribute much needed data.  The workshop organizing committee consisted of a member each from DOE, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Cancer Institute, and Columbia University.  Participants were chosen for their acknowledged expertise, and included 29 epidemiologists, four dosimetrists, and five radiation biologists.  A report on the workshop has been accepted for publication in the July 2009 issue of the journal Radiation Research.

Contact: Noelle Metting, SC-23.2, (301) 903-8309
Topic Areas:

  • Research Area: Human Subjects Research
  • Legacy: Low Dose Radiation, Radiobiology

Division: SC-23.2 Biological Systems Science Division, BER


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