August 13, 2009

RTI International to Study Cancer Risk of Radiation Exposures for National Cancer Institute

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John Heinrich
John Heinrich

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.—Researchers at RTI International will work with the National Cancer Institute's Radiation Epidemiology Branch to evaluate the cancer risk associated with radiation exposures.

RTI researchers were awarded a five-year contract, worth nearly $11 million, by the National Cancer Institute to improve the understanding of the link between radiation exposure and cancer and develop programs in risk assessment.

"These studies will help characterize and quantify the cancer-causing effects of radiation," said John Heinrich, vice president of the Health Sciences Division in RTI's Statistics and Epidemiology unit. "The better we are able to understand the links between radiation exposures and various cancers, the more effective we will be at preventing and treating cancer."

As part of the contract, RTI researchers will support research of epidemiological studies of people who are exposed to radiation including radiologic technologists, physicians, survivors of retinoblastoma (cancer of the retina) and hospital patients monitored with radiographic examinations. RTI staff will also provide a range of support activities to National Cancer Institute dosimetrists involved with research in radiation and nuclear threats.

RTI has conducted research for the National Cancer Institute for more than 25 years and has extensive capabilities in epidemiology, data and biospecimen collection and data management.