The linear no-threshold extrapolation from a dose-response relationship for ionizing radiation derived at higher doses to doses for which regulatory standards are proposed is being challenged by some scientists and defended by others. It appears that the risks associated with exposures to doses of interest are below the risks that can be measured with epidemiological studies. Therefore, many have looked to biology to provide information relevant to risk assessment. The workshop reported here, 'The Impact of Biology on Risk Assessment', was planned to address the need for additional information by bringing together scientists who have been working in key fields of biology and others who have been contemplating the issues associated specifically with this question. The goals of the workshop were to summarize and review the status of the relevant biology, to determine how the reported biological data might influence risk assessment, and to identify subjects on which more data are needed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging