Multidisciplinary European Low Dose Initiative (MELODI): strategic research agenda for low dose radiation risk research

Michaela Kreuzer, Anssi Auvinen, Elisabeth Cardis, Marco Durante, Mats Harms-Ringhdahl, Jean-René Jourdain, B.G. Madas, Andrea Ottolenghi, Simonetta Pazzaglia, Kevin M Prise, Roel Quintens, Laure Sabatier, S. Bouffler

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    MELODI (Multidisciplinary European Low Dose Initiative) is a European radiation protection research platform with focus on research on health risks after exposure to low-dose ionising radiation. It was founded in 2010 and currently includes 44 members from 18 countries. A major activity of MELODI is the continuous development of a long-term European Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) on low-dose risk for radiation protection. The SRA is intended to identify priorities for national and European radiation protection research programs as a basis for the preparation of competitive calls at the European level. Among those key priorities is the improvement of health risk estimates for exposures close to the dose limits for workers and to reference levels for the population in emergency situations. Another activity of MELODI is to ensure the availability of European key infrastructures for research activities, and the long-term maintenance of competences in radiation research via an integrated European approach for training and education. The MELODI SRA identifies three key research topics in low dose or low dose-rate radiation risk research: (1) dose and dose rate dependence of cancer risk, (2) radiation-induced non-cancer effects and (3) individual radiation sensitivity. The research required to improve the evidence base for each of the three key topics relates to three research lines: (1) research to improve understanding of the mechanisms contributing to radiogenic diseases, (2) epidemiological research to improve health risk evaluation of radiation exposure and (3) research to address the effects and risks associated with internal exposures, differing radiation qualities and inhomogeneous exposures. The full SRA and associated documents can be downloaded from the MELODI website ( html).
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages11
    JournalRadiation and Environmental Biophysics
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - 15 Dec 2017

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