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Radiation cancer analysis and low dose risk estimation: new developments and perspectives

Objective

The objective of the project is networking and research communication. The aim of the Radiation Cancer Analysis meeting is to provide a international forum where radiation biologists, epidemiologists and modellers can meet each other, exchange recent results in their fields of interest and discuss the implication of their results for the estimates of radiation risks at low doses. The scientific aim is improving the understanding of the dose-effect relationship at low doses, discussing the currently used and new methods to analyse epidemiological data, and comparing the results using different methods. Current EU contractors in the fields of interest are especially invited to participate in this meeting, particularly from contracts FIGH-CT1999-00005 (LOW DOSE RISK MODELS), FIGH-CT1999-00013 (UMINERS + ANIMAL DATA) and FIGD-2000-00079 (NDISC). The discussion will focus on the practical implications of the research for health effects in man arising from enhanced radiation levels, which may be encountered in the environment, occupationally or as a consequence of medical radiological applications.

The potential risks of exposure to ionising radiation have been well recognised for many years. Yet, many uncertainties still exist when it comes to the estimation of the radiation risks in situations encountered in practical radiation protection circumstances. These problems have to betackled by a synthesis of approaches from different disciplines, by combining new insights in radiation mechanisms, carcinogenesis modelling and epidemiology.

An international scientific meeting is therefore proposed to discuss the use of mechanistic cancer modelling for the analysis of epidemiological data and its implications for low dose radiation risks Current EU contractors in the fields of interest are especially invited to participate in this meeting, but specialists from outside the EU are requested to present their results as well The meeting is aimed to provide a forum where radiation biologists, epidemiologists and modellers can meet each other, exchange recent results in their fields of interest and discuss the implication of their results for the estimates of radiation risks at low doses. The proceedings of the meeting will be published.

Funding Scheme

ACM - Preparatory, accompanying and support measures

Coordinator

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT
Address
Anthonie Van Leuwenhoeklaan 9
3720 BA Bilthoven
Netherlands