Teun van Dillen was awarded second place in the Young Professionals Competition at the international conference of radiation experts in Cape Town for his work on the SUDOQU methodology. This methodology can be used for calculating the radiation dose from exposure to ionising radiation from surface-contaminated objects used by workers and/or members of the public.
Minor differences in the daily energy balance (the intake versus the expenditure of calories) are responsible for the development of obesity among children in the long term, as demonstrated through PhD research by Saskia van den Berg, carried out by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, RIVM in conjunction with the Julius Center of the University M...
Residues of medicinal products, such as painkillers, hormones and antidepressants, are increasingly detected in surface water and drinking water. Some medical product residues are known to have environmental effects. To limit damage to the environment, we need solutions that also ascertain the positive effects of medicines, now and in the future.
The determination of radon in a number of groundwater and finished drinking water samples from the Dutch provinces Overijssel and Limburg show a low level of radon. A comparison of the data with an earlier campaign in 1995 shows that radon-222 activity concentrations in water samples in the Netherlands are at a constant and low level.
Addition of an extra adjuvant (additive) to the current pertussis vaccines could enhance the effectivity of these vaccines. Moreover, a new generation vaccine, an outer-membrane vesicle vaccine, might be even more effective in protecting against pertussis. Based on this research, Jolanda Brummelman, of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), will o...
Maintaining the highest standard in food safety for the Netherlands and in international context is a core topic of concern of RIVM. We develop models to determine food safety and maintain relevant databases. In the field of microbial food safety we use Quantitative Microbiological Risk Assessment (QMRA).
The Zika virus is spread by the yellow fever or dengue mosquito (aedes aegypti). Although the disease (Zika fever) is usually fairly mild, there are increasingly more indications that an infection during pregnancy can harm the unborn child.
RIVM and EFSA are organising an international symposium to reflect on the state of play in research with regard to the risk assessment of chemical mixtures. 18-19 May Dutch researchers, scientists, stakeholders and policy-makers, and their European and international peers will meet to discuss scientific progress in the field of evaluating exposure to mixtures of pesticides and to address new challenges in mixture testing for a broad range of chemicals.