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07/10/2014

MELODI holds its 6th annual open Workshop on European Research on the Effects of Low Doses of Ionizing Radiation

 

IRSN participates in the 6th international workshop of MELODI in Barcelona (Spain) on 7-9 october 2014.

 

The 6th International Open MELODI Workshop, jointly organized by the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL), an ISGlobal research center, the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) and the University Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona), will take place on 7th, 8th and 9th October 2014 at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB). This year’s workshop focuses particularly on integrating experimental and observational research.

The MELODI Association (Multidisciplinary Low Dose Initiative) including 30 research organizations from 16 EU Member States, aims to advance Research and Development on the effects of low doses of radiation.

Radiation protection regulations today provide a common European framework for the protection of workers, patients, the general population and the environment. However, several major questions about low dose radiation effects remain unanswered by science, and this situation can adversely affect the quality of risk prevention measures, as well as the trust society places in public policies in this field. One emblematic example is the current limited understanding of the biological mechanisms behind differences in radio-sensitivity between individuals.

MELODI members share the opinion that any scientific breakthrough in this difficult field can only be achieved by concerted efforts internationally, providing opportunities for multidisciplinary innovative projects, associating different disciplines such as biology, nuclear physics and dosimetry, epidemiology, medicine, and environmental sciences.

Major steps towards this goal have already been accomplished:

  • MELODI has a mature and publicly available Strategic Research Agenda (SRA), which will be discussed and further fine-tuned during the workshop, taking into account the latest scientific findings and scientific approaches.
  • MoU’s (Memorandum of Understanding) have been signed recently between European level organizations involved in other areas of competence needed to address comprehensively the research problematic of radiation protection: MELODI (low dose effects and risks), Alliance (radioecology), EURADOS (dosimetry), NERIS (radiological emergency preparedness and response), and five major medical associations: ESR and EFRS (radiology), EANM (nuclear medicine), ESTRO (radiotherapy), EFOMP (medical physics).
  • The European Commission has granted financial support to major collaborative projects (DoReMi in 2010, STAR in 2011, OPERRA and COMET in 2013) that support these convergence initiatives, and co-fund new research development in accordance with agreed MELODI priorities, and in synergy between the respective disciplines. In September 2014, a new ambitious and wide ranging project, called CONCERT, gathering over 68 participating organizations from 23 countries has been proposed to the EC as a response to the 2013-EURATOM research call, to identify and address radiation protection R&D priority needs in the coming years.

Nearly 250 experts, researchers and leaders from the radiation protection research community in Europe, as well as from Asia and America, will gather in Barcelona for 3 days to address these issues, generate consensus on the way forward, and sow the seeds for future research projects.

"The workshop offers a unique opportunity to update our knowledge on health effects of ionizing radiation and to provide input to MELODI’s integrated European Strategic Research Agenda on low dose radiation protection research", explained Elisabeth Cardis, head of the Radiation Programme at CREAL.

 

For more information:

Consult the MELODI-2014 workshop website

Consult the MELODI Initiative website

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