International Workshop on the Causes of Childhood Leukemia

General Information

Unexplained findings from epidemiological studies in two different areas of radiation protection prompted the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) to intensify the research on the etiology of childhood leukemia: (i) the increased incidence of childhood leukemia near nuclear power plants and (ii) the consistently observed association of the risk for childhood leukemia with exposure to low-level low-frequency magnetic fields. For both findings, no plausible explanation exists according to the current knowledge of biological effects of ionizing or non-ionizing radiation. On a nearly bi-annual basis, BfS - and varying partners - jointly organized five scientific meetings to discuss the knowns and unknowns and to define a long-term strategic research agenda towards a better understanding of the main causes of childhood leukemia. As a further follow-up the BfS is organizing a 6th international workshop that will be held in Freising (Munich) on November 20-22, 2019.

The Workshop will discuss current research results and future research directions, focusing on potential mechanisms of childhood leukemia development. In different sessions and two special sessions the following topics will be discussed:

  • Ionizing and nonionizing radiation as risk factors for childhood leukemia
  • Mechanisms of leukemia development, including genetic and epigenetic factors, the role of the immune system and environmental risk factors
  • Background radiation and risk of leukemia
  • Animal models to study leukemia

The workshop is addressed to scientists, pediatricians, epidemiologists, biologists, radiation scientists and others, as well as to representatives of German, European and international institutions and stakeholders. Conference language is English.

We look forward to meeting you in Freising in November.

Confirmed Speakers

Arndt Borkhardt Shai Izraeli
Giovanni CazzanigaGerald Kendall
Lai N. ChanScott Kogan
César CobaledaChristian Kreis
Terence DwyerAntonella Mazzei
Friederike ErdmannJill A. McKay
Maria FeychtingPablo Menéndez
Ute FischerIsidro Sanchez-Garcia
Stéphanie GoujonJoachim Schüz
Julia HauerBen Spycher
Jianrong He


The workshop is conducted by the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz (BfS)) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

Organizing Committee:

Arndt Borkhardt
Sabine Hornhardt
Janine Schmidt
Joachim Schüz
Gunde Ziegelberger

Important Dates

July/August 2019
Registration opens.

28th October 2019 (new!)
Abstract submission closes.

20th November 2019
Approx. 11 am | Begin of workshop

22nd November 2019
Approx. 2:30 pm | End of workshop