Past Event

Gilbert W. Beebe Symposium on the Future of Low-Dose Radiation Research in the United States

8:00 AM EDT - 5:30 PM EDT
May 8, 2019 - May 9, 2019

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

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An ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will organize a symposium to discuss the future of low-dose radiation research and the need for a long-term strategy to guide low-dose radiation research in the United States. Specifically, the symposium participants will discuss:

1. The current status of low-dose radiation research in the United States and internationally.
2. Priority scientific goals for such research.
3. The potential value of a long-term strategy to guide low-dose radiation research in the United States.
4. Criteria to judge success of such a strategy and its essential components to maximize potential to succeed.
5. The pros and cons of different options for organizing such research, such as a single integrated national program or a more distributed research effort.

The symposium presentations and discussions will be summarized in a National Academies proceedings.

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The Future of Low-Dose Radiation Research in the United States—“Models for Coordinated Research: Lessons Learned from Large-Scale Biology Initiatives”—Two Initiatives: TCGA and ISPY 2 (PDF download)

Anna Barker, Arizona State University


Medical Exposure Studies (PDF download)

Amy Berrington de González, National Cancer Institute


New Directions in Low-Dose Radiation Research: the Microbiome (PDF download)

Eleanor Blakely, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


The effects of low doses of ionizing radiation: Uncertainties and societal implications (PDF download)

David Brenner, Columbia University


History of the U.S. Department of Energy Research Program (PDF download)

Tony Brooks, Washington State University Tri-Cities


Systems Biology Approaches in Radiation Health Research (PDF download)

Francis Cucinotta, University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Low Dose Ionizing Radiation And Nano-particulates In Blood (link to video)

Sadik Esener, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU)


Immune response to low dose radiation (PDF download)

Silvia C. Formenti, Weill Cornell Medicine


Molecular injury responses triggered by low dose radiation and implications for long-term effects in normal tissues (PDF download)

Al Fornace, Georgetown University


Measuring the Consequences of Low-Dose Radiation with Single-Cell Genomics (link to video)

Charles Gawad, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


A Spatial Systems Biology Approach to Understanding Human Disease Genesis and Behavior (link to video)

Joe Gray, OHSU


The Future of Low-Dose Radiation Research in the United States: The13th Gilbert W. Beebe Symposium (PDF download)

Joe Gray, OHSU


Models for Funding and Implementing Coordinated Research: The Case of Air Pollution and Health (PDF download)

Dan Greenbaum, Health Effects Institute


Biomarkers for Molecular Epidemiological Studies (PDF download)

Janet Hall, French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (presented by Michaela Kreuzer, Federal Office For Radiation Protection (BfS), Germany)


Epigenetic Alterations from Low Dose Radiation (PDF download)

Randy Jirtle, North Carolina State University


Low-Dose Radiation Research at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (PDF download)

Dmitry Klokov, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories


The Multidisciplinary European Low Dose Initiative (MELODI) (PDF download)

Michaela Kreuzer, BfS, Germany


Network for Global Coordination of Low-Dose Research (PDF download)

Ted Lazo, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development-Nuclear Energy Agency


Federal Funding and Coordination on Low-Dose Radiation Research (PDF download)

John Neumann, Government Accountability Office


Low Dose/Low Dose Rate Environmental Exposures Studies (PDF download)

Dale Preston, Hirosoft International


Gilbert W. Beebe: An Unassuming Genius, A Modest Giant (PDF download)

Dale Preston, Hirosoft International


Current Directions and the future of Low-Dose Radiation Research: Occupational Studies (PDF download)

David Richardson, University of North Carolina


The Low-Dose Radiation Programs in Japan (PDF download)

Ignacia Tanaka, Institute for Environmental Sciences, Japan


Recent Studies at RERF (Radiation Effects Research Foundation) (PDF download)

Bob Ullrich, Radiation Effects Research Foundation


Low Dose and Low Dose Rate Responses in Animals (PDF download)

Gayle Woloschak, Northwestern University