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Discovering the causes of cancer and the means of prevention

Radiation Epidemiology Branch

Understanding the link between radiation exposure and cancer

The research mission of the Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB) is to identify, understand, and quantify the risk of cancer in populations exposed to medical, occupational, or environmental radiation, and to advance understanding of radiation carcinogenesis.

Research Areas

REB investigators carry out a wide range of epidemiological, genetic, and radiation dosimetry research to quantify risk, identify susceptible populations, and carry out advanced exposure assessments. Learn more about REB research areas.


REB fellows enjoy unique opportunities to plan, conduct, and publish results of a variety of research studies, while receiving training in radiation epidemiology, biostatistics, molecular epidemiology, radiation biology, and cancer risk assessment from radiation exposure.

Tools and Resources

REB investigators offer a variety of radiation tools and resources developed to support research into radiation and cancer risk.

The Chernobyl Accident 30 Years Later

DCEG investigators are using cutting edge molecular and genetic epidemiologic methods to expand our knowledge on the relationship between ionizing radiation and cancer.

Read about the latest progress on Chernobyl research

Learn more about DCEG Chernobyl Studies

REB Highlights

Association of chemotherapy for solid tumors with development of therapy-related myelodysplastic syndrome or acute myeloid leukemia in the modern era. Morton LM, et al.

Benzene exposure response and risk of myeloid neoplasms in Chinese workers: A multicenter case-cohort study. Linet MS, et al.

Trends in pediatric central nervous system tumor incidence in the United States, 1998-2013. Withrow DR, et al.

Patterns of cause-specific mortality among 2053 survivors of retinoblastoma, 1914-2016. Kleinerman RA, et al.