The 2nd International MELODI (Multidisciplinary European Low Dose Initiative) Conference, dedicated to research on the effects of low doses of ionising radiation, will be held from the 18th to the 20th October at the Cité Internationale Universitaire in Paris.
More than 220 scientists and low dose radiation specialists from throughout the world are expected to attend the 2nd scientific International MELODI Conference, organised by IRSN (French Institute for Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety) and CEA (French Atomic Energy Commission), which is scheduled this year in Paris to promote and foster research in this field.
Based on the finding that several open scientific questions remain on the health effects of low doses of ionising radiation, the European Commission (EC) briefed a group of European experts in 2008 to reflect on the definition of research priorities over the next twenty years.
Following the work of this think tank, it was decided to set up the European MELODI (Multidisciplinary European Low Dose Initiative) platform, the objective of which is to structure research in this field on a European level.
The MELODI platform, which already includes ten European partners including CEA and IRSN, the prominent French players, aims to promote, via an internationally orientated interdisciplinary approach, the set up of joint research projects in the fields of biology, toxicology, dosimetry, physics and epidemiology, in order to answer priority scientific questions regarding low dose radiation protection.
Six key avenues of research have been identified by the experts:
- The form of the dose - effect relationship
- Individual variability
- The non-carcinogenic effects of radiation
- Tissue sensitivity to cancer
- The risks linked to internal exposure
- The quality of radiation.
MELODI plays a key role in the coordination of research and training initiatives through:
- The definition of R&D objectives and the necessary resources in terms of infrastructures, teaching and training, particularly of young researchers
- The broadening of the scientific community involved in research programmes and the development of multidisciplinary approaches
- The definition of the different steps for the implementation of a long term strategic research agenda (SRA)
- Knowledge transfer to international radiation protection bodies (UNSCEAR, CIPR)
- Facilitating dialogue between stakeholders on questions of health risks associated with low doses.
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