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Description of work

The following activities have been accomplished.

  • Key institutions (authorities and research bodies) that are willing to commit to future collaboration on Chernobyl research have been identified worldwide.

  • A thorough assessment of existing infrastructures (cohorts of affected populations, completeness of follow-up and sources of information on health outcomes) has been performed.

  • Reviews of dosimetry databases and dose reconstruction methods, and of existing biobanks to assess their suitability and the areas in which they require improvement, have been carried out in preparation for establishing future Chernobyl lifespan cohorts.

  • A meeting of the dosimetry subgroup to review dosimetric methods has taken place, and a report on the various approaches that have been used, together with recommendations for improvement has been prepared.

  • Two scientific expert group meetings were held at IARC in June 2015 to discuss further perspectives and priorities in molecular biology and mental health post-Chernobyl research.

  • From 10–19 June 2015, an IARC delegation headed by the IARC Director Dr Christopher Wild visited Minsk and Gomel, Belarus, to meet with the First Deputy Minister of Health of the Republic of Belarus and with the directors of leading institutions in charge of the Chernobyl and cancer research. Both sides agreed on the importance of scientific collaboration between IARC, Belarus and other concerned parties to assess Chernobyl health consequences, and on the necessity to prepare and sign an official Memorandum of Understanding ensuring and supporting further cooperation.

  • Collaborative agreements were concluded with leading research institutions and organisations from Belarus, the Russian Federation, and Ukraine, and represent a commitment to international cooperation in the long-term studies of health effects of this major nuclear disaster.

  • Chernobyl research priorities have been reviewed with input from the scientific expert groups and a multidisciplinary Chernobyl Research Programme and timetable have been developed (CRP).

  • A satellite symposium to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident was held at IARC on 11 June 2016, following the IARC 50th anniversary conference Over 70 participants from 23 different countries attended the meeting. During the lunchbreak, a meeting took place with potential stakeholders to discuss sustainable a funding mechanism for future research.


  • Satellite symposium: Chernobyl 30 years after, 11 June 2016, IARC, Lyon, France

  • Partners’ and Experts’ meeting,11-12 December 2015, IARC, Lyon, France

  • Mental Health and Risk Communication Expert Group meeting, 23-24 June 2015, IARC, Lyon, France

  • Molecular Biology and Pathology Expert Group meeting, 4-5 June 2015, IARC, Lyon, France

  • Scientific Expert Group meetings, 9-10 October 2014, Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL), Barcelona, Spain

    • Epidemiology and medicine

    • Dosimetry

  • Kick-off meeting, 13-14 March 2014, IARC, Lyon, France