Integrating observational and experimental research

The Sixth International MELODI Workshop ( is being jointly organized by CREAL (the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology, Barcelona), the University Autónoma of Madrid and the University Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona). The workshop will take place on 7, 8 and 9 October 2014 in the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB). The park, which regroups seven independent research organisations focusing on human health and biomedicine, is situated in Barcelona by the sea and within walking distance and easy commute from the centre, hotels and tourist attractions.

The workshop offers a unique opportunity to update your knowledge and discuss low-dose research issues, and to be involved in the MELODI Low Dose Research Platform

The main aim of MELODI being to reach out to the whole radiation protection community, discussions with stakeholders, radiation protection organizations, national authorities are consequently of utmost importance in helping to develop a structured European Radiation Protection Community.  With this in mind, the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) of MELODI was developed and it has evolved continuously during recent years. It is updated regularly and is available for consultation and comment on the MELODI website.  

The underlying theme of the MELODI 2014 workshop is Integrating observational and experimental research. Plenary sessions will focus on integration between the different fields of radiation research, a major cornerstone of the MELODI SRA, specifically:

  • Molecular Epidemiology
  • Radiation Sensitivity
  • Risk of non-cancer diseases
  • Effects of joint exposures to internal and external radiation.

The second day will be organized into three sets of three parallel sessions of 1h30 each (with 2-3 persons making a brief introduction to the topic followed by extensive discussions including all participants which will serve to keep the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) up-to-date and to further implement it into the various low-dose research groups throughout Europe). The topics covered will be priority topics in the MELODI SRA, as well as aspects of interest to the other members of the OPERRA alliance: Alliance, NERIS and EURADOS:

  • Genetics and Epigenetics
  • Lessons from radiation accidents (report from OPERRA)
  • Dosimetry
  • High throughput analyses
  • Health Impact Assessment
  • Mechanisms and underlying effects of cancer and non-cancer effects
  • Alliance

These sessions will be followed by presentations of selected posters.

MELODI also aims to recognize talented and promising young scientists (under 35 years old) who have already contributed greatly to low dose research. Therefore, for the third time, an annual MELODI award will be granted. 

The final day of the workshop will be devoted to reports from the break-out sessions, the MELODI Awards, discussions on updating the MELODI SRA and Consequences for OPERRA and Radiation Protection Research.

The workshop will start on 6th of October in the evening, with registration and a General Assembly meeting (invitation only), and will end on 9th of October around mid-day. The MELODI Workshop registration desk will be open from 6th October at 7pm. 

The DoReMi Network of Excellence funded by the European Commission is supporting the setting up of the Melodi Platform and addresses some of its research needs.