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The Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen – German Research Center for Environmental Health (HMGU) investigates common diseases arising from the interactions between lifestyle, environment and personal genetic constitution. The centre is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German research centres. The HMGU Department of Radiation Sciences (DRS) currently employs more than 100 researchers in the Institutes of Radiation Protection, Radiation Biology and Innovative Radiation Therapy, as well as the research units Medical Radiation Physics and Diagnostics and Radiation Cytogenetics. The HMGU has a record of contributing to EURATOM radiation protection research, and currently coordinates three projects (ProCardio, Dark.Risk and EpiRadBio). We are members of the DoReMi and OPERRA projects and active participants in the MELODI, ALLIANCE and EURADOS platforms. We provide advice on radiation protection for national and international stakeholders.

HMGU developed a family of voxel phantoms of various ages and statures and both genders. The consortium members developed the ICRP reference computational phantoms (ICRP Publication 110) and performed extensive Monte Carlo calculations of organ and effective dose conversion coefficients for medical exposures as well as idealized whole-body exposures for photons, electrons, and neutrons that contributed, e.g., to ICRP Publication 116. HMGU has collaborated with Prof. Chan and his group (Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea) on the development of mesh-type phantoms.

Role in the Project

HMGU is leading WP2 for Dose simulations using computational phantoms and Monte-Carlo methods. HMGU is participating in WP3 as well.