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Dr. Margot Tirmarche

Dr. Margot Tirmarche is Commissioner and member of the college of the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) in France since 2012.

She is a graduate of the Science University of Strasbourg and hold a master's degree in biology and in genetics from the University of Paris VI (1972) and a Phd equivalent from the University of Medicine Paris-Sud, in 1975, in the field of oncology and immunogenetics, completed by a diploma in statistics applied to medicine and epidemiology.

From 1976 to 1980, at the cancer hospital called Institute Gustave Roussy (IGR), she participated in an international epidemiological study of lung cancer risk factors (tobacco, asbestos), coordinated by NCI (USA).  Her professional activity then focused on environmental exposure and in particular on risks linked to ionizing radiation. In 1980, Dr. Tirmarche joined the Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and the Institute for Protection and Nuclear Safety (IPSN), where she launched cohort studies on workers exposed to radiation, in particular long term studies of uranium miners.

In 1999 she become head of the laboratory of epidemiology at IPSN. Over more than 15 years, she was a coordinator of large scientific programs on European level. Since 2009, first at the department of science and then at the department of strategy, development and partnership of the Institute for Radiation Protection and Reactor Safety (IRSN), she was in charge of the coordination of scientific activities in the radiation protection field.

Dr. Tirmarche is member of Committee 1 of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), and as an expert of the World Health Organization (WHO) worked on the WHO reports on health effects related to the Chernobyl accident and on the WHO Radon Handbook.  She is the author of over 85 articles published in international peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Dr.  Tirmarche has been a member of the French delegation since 2000 and alternate representative for France to UNSCEAR for 63rd, 64th and 65th sessions.


Last updated: Saturday, 16 June 2018