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research positions are available at the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory (LBNL), which is managed by the University of California at Berkeley for the
U.S. Department of Energy. One of LBNL's missions or agenda is to conduct research to
improve the scientific basis of risk assessment. The Laboratory's current research
activities include: human exposure assessment; cancer risk assessment; extrapolation of
cancer risks from animals to humans; physiologically-based pharmacokinetic and cancer
models; electromagnetic fields; and risks of ionizing radiation in space.
About three years ago, U.S. Food and Drug Administration awarded eight (8) extramural research and risk assessment grants totaling $2 million under the President's Food Safety Initiative. A little over half of this total was awarded to three institutes (Tufts University, University of Georgia, and University of Maryland) to develop dose-response models for certain foodborne diseases. And nearly $150,000 was awarded to the University of California at Davis for a study on consumer handling practices for fresh fruits and vegetables.
The Environmental Biosciences Program (EBP) at the Medical University of South Carolina is an integrated, multidisciplinary research and development program. Within the subprogram area Epidemiology and Risk Assessment, EBP research has a focus on the development of new, more accurate methodologies of dose-response and quantitative risk assessment. EBP researchers in environmental epidemiology also have access to a sophisticated geographical information system for the study of population health risks.