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Here you will find selected research projects.

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Wismut uranium miners cohort study

The Wismut cohort is the largest cohort of miners occupationally exposed to radon. The cohort comprises 59,000 male employees who were working in uranium ore mining in the former German Democratic Republic between 1946 and 1990. The Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) is conducting this study to scientifically investigate the health effects of mining-related activities. The large scale, the long observation period and the wealth of information about different risk factors make this study unique. The cohort allows for the investigation of various research issues and previous results were published in many publications. On request, the BfS provides data to interested scientists to investigate their own specific research questions.

European radiobiology archives (ERA)

The German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) and the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) have jointly conducted a project (funded by the European Union (EU)) named ERA-PRO. The project was aimed to update and promote the European Radiobiological Archives (ERA) and to transfer the existing database into a version which will be accessible on the internet. A user friendly interface was installed which allows the interested scientist to search and retrieve relevant information either on study description, on groups included in single studies, or even on individual animals. This information allows further analyses of data from radiobiological experiments with animals, mostly mice.

German Mobile Telecommunication Research Programme (DMF)

The German Mobile Telecommunication Research Programme (DMF) had been initiated by the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUB, former BMU) and the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS). The Programme was funded with 17 million euros, equally shared by the Federal Ministry for the Environment and the network operators.

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