The European Radiobiology Archives (ERA) - Content, structure and use illustrated by an example

Georg B. Gerber, R.R. Wick, A.M. Kellerer, J.W. Hopewell, V. Di Majo, N. Dudoignon, W. Gössner, J. Stather

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The European Radiobiology Archives (ERA), supported by the European Commission and the European Late Effect Project Group (EULEP), together with the US National Radiobiology Archives (NRA) and the Japanese Radiobiology Archives (JRA) have collected all information still available on long-term animal experiments, including some selected human studies. The archives consist of a database in Microsoft Access, a website, databases of references and information on the use of the database. At present, the archives contain a description of the exposure conditions, animal strains, etc. from ∼350,000 individuals; data on survival and pathology are available from ∼200,000 individuals. Care has been taken to render pathological diagnoses compatible among different studies and to allow the lumping of pathological diagnoses into more general classes. 'Forms' in Access with an underlying computer code facilitate the use of the database. This paper describes the structure and content of the archives and illustrates an example for a possible analysis of such data. © 2006 Oxford University Press.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70 - 77
Number of pages8
JournalRadiation Protection Dosimetry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Radiation

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Gerber, G. B., Wick, R. R., Kellerer, A. M., Hopewell, J. W., Di Majo, V., Dudoignon, N., ... Stather, J. (2006). The European Radiobiology Archives (ERA) - Content, structure and use illustrated by an example. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 118(1), 70 - 77.