Southern Urals Radiation Risk Research
The aim of this project was to study the risk of cancer in individuals exposed to ionizing radiation as children and the risk of cardiovascular disorders in individuals exposed as adults.
A large international consortium, including representatives from Japan, the US, and the European Union, evaluated the late adverse health effects associated with exposure to prolonged doses of ionizing radiation.
The overall aim of the project was to generate a Cause of Death Registry for those living by the contaminated Techa River. Instant cancers were also tracked as part of the project and the overall aim was to study the radiation associated cancer risks. There was several adjacent projects funded by other institutions, such as the National Cancer Institute, that focused on dosimetry, residency and time spent in the river area.
Project leader for the Swedish part
Project period: 1996-2009
Main financing: The European Commission, 6th framework programme, EURATOM
Peter Jacob, Coordinator of SOUL, GSF - National Research Center for Environment and Health
Alexander Akleyev, Professor, Urals Research Centre for Radiation Medicine, Chelyabinsk, Russia