Research journal chronicles decades of Million Person Study activities

International Journal of Radiation Biology

May 4, 2022

The latest edition of the International Journal of Radiation Biology (Vol. 98, Issue 4, 2022) features a special issue on the “The Million Person Study of Low-Dose Health Effects.

The Million Person Study, led by the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, is a collaborative effort of researchers at multiple institutions including ORISE, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Vanderbilt University, and others, to study the health effects of chronic low-dose radiation exposure in one million United States workers and veterans. The edition comprises of 24 peer-reviewed publications related to the Million Person Study activities including reviews of historical radiation studies, methodologically approaches, dosimetry, and current epidemiologic studies of radiation workers. Eight current or retired ORISE employees authored or co-authored 13 of the publications. Additionally, ORISE Health Studies Director, Dr. Ashley Golden, was a guest editor for the edition.

This work represents years of effort to highlight the importance of the Million Person Study—and ORISE’s contribution to the study—for advancing the science on radiation health effects.

“It is an invaluable collection of research that will inform U.S. radiation exposure regulation and policy for years to come,” said Golden.

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