By Erato Stylianou Markidou*
The European Alliance for Medical Radiation Protection Research (EURAMED) represents a consortium of associations involved in the application of ionising radiation in medicine, namely the (EANM) European Association of Nuclear Medicine, the (EFOMP) European Federation and Organizations for Medical Physics, the European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS), the European Society of Radiology (ESR) and the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO), with the goal of jointly improving medical care and its medical radiation protection issues through sustainable research efforts.
For the first time the five medical societies joined forces and agreed on a collaboration to improve the application of ionising radiation in medical care by developing and exploring common research strategies and by actively promoting the translation of results into clinical practice. The vision of EURAMED is to lead the European research activities in Medical RP and assume an umbrella function for the harmonisation of practice to advance European RP safety culture in Medicine.
EURAMED currently collaborates in four active projects:
CONCERT-European Joint Programme for the Integration of Radiation Protection Research under Horizon 2020 aims to contribute to the sustainable integration of European and national research programs in radiation protection. CONCERT as a co-fund action research programme in order to make better use of public R&D resources and to tackle common European challenges in radiation protection more effectively by joint research efforts in key areas. (http://www.concert-h2020.eu/)
MEDIRAD project studies the “Implications of Medical Low Dose Radiation Exposure” and has received funding from the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme. It aims to enhance the scientific bases and clinical practice of radiation protection in the medical field and thereby addresses the need to better understand and evaluate the health effects of low-dose ionising radiation exposure from diagnostic and therapeutic imaging and from off-target effects in radiotherapy. (http://www.medirad-project.eu/)
SINFONIA project will develop novel methodologies and tools that will provide a comprehensive a risk appraisal for detrimental effects of radiation exposure on patients, workers, carers and comforters, the public and the environment during the management of patients suspected or diagnosed with lymphoma and brain tumours (https://www.sinfonia-appraisal.eu)
Rocc-n Roll project aims to propose an integrated and coordinated European approach to research and innovation in medical applications of ionising radiation and related radiation protection based on stakeholder consensus and existing activities in the field (incl. existing SRAs of radiation protection platforms, EC health and digitisation programmes, EURATOM-funded projects, SAMIRA initiative). (https://roccnroll.euramed.eu/)
EURAMED is also involved in the 5th European Radiation Protection Week which will be held on 22–24 November 2021 in Vienna, Austria. The conference will be organized as a hybrid event, allowing for onsite and online participation. Registration for participating has opened and the Registration deadline is the 31st October 2021 (23:59 Vienna time). Scientific draft program is already online and the submission of abstracts is still open. (https://www.euramed.eu/erpw/)
Institutions or organizations active in the field of medical radiation protection research can become full members by paying an annual membership fee. Institutions or organizations that do not actively practice medical radiation protection research but have a considerable interest in the area of radiation protection can become Associate members. Enterprises interested in the activities and aims of the Society can become Corporate members. Any health professional or other scientist committed to the objectives of EURAMED with a completed university or equivalent education may apply for individual membership of EURAMED provided that he or she is mainly engaged in radiology, nuclear medicine, radiation oncology, medical physics, radiography or related fields can be an Individual member. (https://www.euramed.eu/membership/)
*Erato Stylianou Markidou is the chairperson of the communication committee of EURAMED, a Medical Physics Expert. She is the past president of CAMPBE. She is also the president of BRF (Biomedical Research Foundation) member of the Cypriot Medical Physics Registry Council and a member of the Coordination Committee of “New Wave – The Other Cyprus”. Currently, she is working at the Bank of Cyprus Oncology Centre.