Center for Epidemiologic Research
The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) has been building its capability in epidemiology since 1978. Early ORISE studies of mortality among U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear workers led researchers to develop increasing expertise in epidemiologic research, occupational health studies and DOE worker populations. ORISE's researchers and skills coalesced into an operating unit that became the Center for Epidemiologic Research (CER).
CER has changed over time as worker health assessment needs have evolved. Since the early 1990s, CER researchers have concentrated on building and maintaining worker health registries and conducting morbidity studies. CER retains all of the expertise needed to perform studies of occupational exposure to radiation and chemicals.
Specifically, CER's capabilities include:
- Protocol preparation
- Study design
- Design, implementation and evaluation of clinical surveillance programs
- Descriptive analysis of data sets
- Questionnaire development and evaluation of data
- Evaluation of statistical data produced from epidemiologic information systems