UEF has extensive experience of research on biological effects (man and biota) and health risks of radiation, including both ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. All approaches of environmental health research are used, including in vitro studies, animal studies, epidemiology and exposure assessment. Recent research has focused particularly on cancer-related effects (of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation) and has included measurements of DNA damage and repair, genomic instability, gene expression changes, and epigenetic effects. A total of 15 PhD degrees on radiation-related topics have been completed at UEF between 1990 and 2016. The Department of Environmental and Biological Sciences has more than 200 staff members, offering a multidisciplinary research environment. UEF also educates qualified scientists in medical physics, promoting collaboration between research groups within the field of medical physics. UEF is member of national Consortium for Radiation Safety Research (Cores).
Role in the Project
UEF is leading the WP2 Integration and SRA development in radiation protection research and is responsible of the overall management of the WP2 from the period 2 onwards. As expert and Executive Board Member, UEF also participates in the activities of WP3 (joint programming), WP5 (stakeholder activities), WP6 (infrastructures) and WP7 (education and training). Activities in CONCERT are undertaken not only in the Department of Environmental and Biological Sciences but also at the Faculty of Health Sciences of UEF, in close co-operation with the Kuopio University Hospital and the Biobank of Eastern Finland.