The present proposal is aiming at further strengthening of the ongoing collaborations with the institutions in the former Soviet Union. It will focus on enhancement of research developments and skills.
The overall objective of the proposal is to study the carcinogenic and non-carcinogenic effects of protracted low dose ionizing radiation. The cohort under study are individuals that lived in the vicinity of the Mayak facility, Techa River and Semipalatinsk Test Site.
Through workshops, courses, scholarships, ... a climate for closer collaboration will be established. The collaborators in the NIS institutions will be given the opportunity to attend meetings, to study and to work in the western institutions during the project.
The studied cohorts are different in many aspects but when it comes to the structure and methodology for solving the epidemiological problems they are quite similar. This will give the partners the possibility to collaborate in the actions planned at increasing research development.
A parallel proposal addressing the Nuclear Fission Safety (NFS) programme has been submitted by the same researchers. The present proposal is focusing on the data base improvement e.g. update of the information on death and birth rates, migration, and if possible identify control groups. The importance of a thorough epidemiological work-up before any conclusions can be drawn is going to be emphasized. The NFS proposal focuses on the actual calculations and analyses of the data.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts