What We Do
The mission of the Center for Radiological Research (CRR) is 1) to foster a multi disciplinary approach towards understanding the biological and human health consequences of ionizing radiation exposure 2) to train the next generation of radiobiologists and 3) to provide an unbiased, comprehensive, independent source of scientific information on radiation exposure for government, elected officials, non-profit institutions and private entities to enable them to make informed policy decisions.
The Center's staff includes professionals from diverse fields including molecular biology, cell biology, radiation physics, computational physics, engineering, radiation oncology and public health.
The Center for Radiological Research (CRR) is a worldwide leader in unraveling the biological and molecular mechanisms underlying radiation effects in cells, tissues, organ systems and living organisms and how radiation exposure affects human health.
For more than 75 years, the Center has been at the forefront of training undergraduates, medical and graduate students in radiobiology, health physics and medical physics. The faculty instructs medical residents in Radiology and Radiation Oncology in the Columbia University School of Physicians & Surgeons and offers a citywide course for Radiology residents as part of their training.
Our faculty interact with and have research collaborations with a wide range of international and national educational institutions, research laboratories, academic leaders in radiological sciences, non-profit organizations, advisory groups and governmental agencies and have served as consultants and advisors for the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), the National Council on Radiation Protection & Measurements (NCRP), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The Center is a member of the International Consortium for Medical Care of Hibakusha (A-bomb survivors) and Radiation Life Science organized by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences of Nagasaki University, Japan where it joins other international institutions to promote international collaboration in radiation research and graduate education.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded Center for High Throughput Minimally-Invasive Radiation Biodosimetry and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), funded research efforts at the Center have led to development of novel assays and rapid screening techniques to enable accurate determination of individual radiation exposures in large numbers of potentially exposed persons.
The CRR has been at the forefront of efforts to evaluate individual risk from radiation exposure and provide advice and guidance to appropriate regulatory and governmental officials.