Past Event

Gilbert W. Beebe Symposium on 30 Years after the Chernobyl Accident: Current and Future Studies on Radiation Health Effects

Symposium/Convocation
November 1, 2016 - November 2, 2016

Location: National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW Washington DC 20418



The April 26, 1986, Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident was the most severe accident in the history of commercial nuclear power in terms of releases of radiation to the environment. Initial radiation exposure in contaminated areas was due to short-lived iodine-131 and later due to caesium-137. About 5 million people in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine were exposed to radiation from the accident.

The Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident was also the only accident to date with acute radiation-related fatalities. Of the 134 plant employees and first responders with confirmed diagnosis of acute radiation syndrome, 28 died the first few weeks of the accident.

The focus of the 2016 Beebe Symposium was on commemorating the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident and discussing the achievements of 30 years of studies on the radiation health effects following the accident and future research directions.

There was scientific and policy significance of the 2016 Beebe Symposium topic: ongoing studies of the Chernobyl accident are improving the understanding of the health effects caused by the accident. They are also important for obtaining a fuller scientific understanding of radiation health effects and biology/genetics in general and for informing radiation protection efforts.

The symposium was sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Information about the Symposium

Statement of Task
Workshop Organizing Committee
Agenda

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Gilbert W. Beebe Symposium on 30 Years after the Chernobyl Accident: Current and Future Studies on Radiation Health Effects


Overview of the Chernobyl Accident

Mikhail Balonov, Institute of Radiation Hygiene, Russia

 

Late Health Effects in Cleanup Workers Following the Chornobyl Accident

Dimitry Bazyka, Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine

 

Gilbert W. Beebe’s Contributions in Radiation Research

John D. Boice, National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements

 

Doses Received from the Chernobyl Accident

Andre Bouville, National Cancer Institute (retired)

 

Mental Health Sequelae of Radiation Disasters

Evelyn J. Bromet, Stony Brook University School of Medicine

 

Advances in Research: In Countermeasures

David R. Cassatt, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

 

Harnessing the Genomic Revolution: Investigation of the Effects of Radiation on Thyroid Cancer and Transgenerational Mutational Patterns

Stephen J. Chanock, National Cancer Institute

 

Dosimetry During the Chornobyl Accident

Vadim Chumak, National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine

 

Health Effects of In Utero Exposure to I-131 in Chernobyl Fallout

Maureen Hatch, National Cancer Institute

 

Late Cancer-Related Health Effects in the General Population - Thyroid Cancer

Ausrele Kesminiene, International Agency for Research on Cancer

 

Lessons Learned from Other Disasters

Dean G. Kilpatrick, Medical University of South Carolina

 

Radiation Cataracts: Recent insights and findings regarding risk of radiation cataract following environmental exposures

Norman J. Kleiman, Columbia University

 

Cardiovascular Health Effects

Kiyo Mabuchi, National Cancer Institute

 

Acute Health Effects and Radiation Syndromes Resulting from the Chernobyl Accident

Fred A. Mettler Jr., University of New Mexico School of Medicine (Professor Emeritus)

 

Genetic Markers

Yuri E. Nikiforov, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

 

Research on the Aftermath of Chernobyl: Have Lessons Been Learned?

Jonathan M. Samet, University of Southern California

 

Community Resilience

Benjamin Springgate, Louisiana State University Health New Orleans

 

The Chernobyl Tissue Bank – an infrastructure for systems biology of thyroid cancer

Geraldine Thomas, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom

 

Medical Aftermaths of Chernobyl Disaster in Belarus

Ilya Veyalkin, The Republican Research Centre for Radiation Medicine and Human Ecology, Belarus

 

Enhancing National Preparedness through Biodosimetry

Lynne K. Wathen, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority

 

Late Cancer-Related Health Effects in the General Population: Leukemia and Breast Cancer

Lydia B. Zablotska, University of California, San Francisco