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CEREBRAD, Cognitive and Cerebrovascular Effects Induced by Low Dose Ionizing Radiation, is a collaborative European project funded in 2011 within the 7th EU framework programme, Nuclear Fission and Radiation Protection.

CEREBRAD aims to identify the potential cognitive and cerebrovascular risks of radiation doses below 100 mGy when delivered to a young child (pre- or postnatally). Health risks will be assessed via epidemiological studies of cohorts of exposed children to radiotherapy treatment receiving low doses to the brain or exposed in utero during the Chernobyl disaster. Experimental data will be gathered using animal models exposed to radiation at different stages of brain development. Emphasis will be put on the effects of internal and external exposure, as well as the combined effect of radiation and environmental pollutants. Brain of phenotypically relevant animals will be subjected to deep cellular and molecular analyses to decipher the biological mechanisms underlying the cognitive and cerebrovascular effects induced by low dose radiation.

Project start date: October 1, 2011 - Duration: 40 Months