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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.

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.

Opening of the Data Set; Call for Proposals

The German uranium miners cohort study (Wismut cohort) is the largest single cohort study of miners exposed to radon and its progeny. Results of the second mortality follow-up have been published (Kreuzer et al., 2008; Kreuzer et al., 2009c; Walsh et al. 2010) and it is the aim to open this data set to the scientific community for further analyses.

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