Past Event

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

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

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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