Epidemiologic Research

Health hazards assessed through surveillance and studies

Epidemiology, a core capability of the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, continues to evolve and diversify as priorities and needs change. Early in its history, ORISE engaged in studies of mortality among U.S. Department of Energy nuclear workers. Epidemiologists developed robust expertise in occupational health studies and DOE worker populations. In the early 1980s, the Center for Epidemiologic Research became the operating unit for this important research.

Epidemiological studies provide valuable insight into health trends and risks for workers and the public at large. ORISE researchers have kept in step as DOE operations and worker health assessment needs have evolved over time. Since the early 1990s, ORISE researchers have concentrated on building and maintaining worker health registries to support medical surveillance, risk assessments and morbidity studies.

ORISE retains the expertise and capabilities needed to perform epidemiologic studies of exposure to radiation, chemicals and other hazards. Specifically, ORISE’s capabilities include:

  • Study design and implementation
  • Design, implementation and evaluation of health surveillance programs
  • Survey/questionnaire development, deployment and evaluation
  • Exploratory data analysis and advanced data visualization
  • Biostatistical analysis and advanced modelling of health data

Learn more about specific ORISE epidemiologic research and capabilities: