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2015 Radiation Epidemiology and Dosimetry Course

, by DCEG Staff

by Wendy Schneider-Levinson

In May 2015, more than 200 researchers from 17 countries around the world came to NCI for the 2015 Radiation Epidemiology and Dosimetry Course, organized and hosted by DCEG’s Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB).

Radiation Course Organizing Committee (from left): Mark Little, Abigail Ukwuani, Maureen Hatch (Chair), Terrence Lee, and Vladimir Drozdovitch

Course faculty included world-renowned  experts in radiation epidemiology and radiation biology from cancer centers and academic institutions here and abroad, as well as specialists in biostatistics, dosimetry, molecular and genetic epidemiology, and genomics from REB and DCEG. Lectures covered everything from basic principles to the most up-to-date thinking about the health effects of radiation exposure.  The week-long course consisted of three components:

Understanding Statistical, Dosimetric, and Genetic/Genomic Tools in Radiation Research 

A one-day session on methodological tools, including genomic laboratory approaches, R programming and other statistical tools for risk assessment, and new techniques for assessing dose in medical radiation studies

Basic Principles in Radiation Epidemiology, Dosimetry, and Statistics 

A one-day overview course on radiation epidemiological, statistical, and dosimetric concepts

Radiation Epidemiology and Dosimetry: Concepts, Studies, and New Developments 

A three-day intensive program covering key studies and new developments in the field.  A full day each focused on the following topics.

  • Radiobiology and genomics
  • Environmental and occupational radiation epidemiology and dosimetry
  • Medical radiation epidemiology and dosimetry

There was lively discussion throughout the five days. View selected videos and course content from the 2015 Radiation Epidemiology & Dosimetry Course.

“This is an unique opportunity for junior and senior radiation researchers from around the world to come together to learn, exchange ideas, and develop new collaborations,” commented Amy Berrington de González, D.Phil., Chief of REB.

Radiation Epidemiology Course Registration

The next Radiation Epidemiology & Dosimetry Course will be held September 9-12, 2019, at NCI Shady Grove, Rockville, Maryland. Register for the Radiation Epidemiology & Dosimetry Course.

Learn more about the 2019 Radiation Epidemiology & Dosimetry Course and view videos and course content from the 2015 course.