Gilbert W. Beebe Symposium on 30 Years after the Chernobyl Accident: Current and Future Studies on Radiation Health EffectsNuclear and Radiation Studies Board
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 SymposiumStatement of Task
Workshop Organizing Committee
Mikhail Balonov, Institute of Radiation Hygiene, Russia
Dimitry Bazyka, Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine
John D. Boice, National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements
Andre Bouville, National Cancer Institute (retired)
Evelyn J. Bromet, Stony Brook University School of Medicine
David R. Cassatt, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Stephen J. Chanock, National Cancer Institute
Vadim Chumak, National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine
Maureen Hatch, National Cancer Institute
Ausrele Kesminiene, International Agency for Research on Cancer
Dean G. Kilpatrick, Medical University of South Carolina
Norman J. Kleiman, Columbia University
Kiyo Mabuchi, National Cancer Institute
Fred A. Mettler Jr., University of New Mexico School of Medicine (Professor Emeritus)
Yuri E. Nikiforov, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Jonathan M. Samet, University of Southern California
Benjamin Springgate, Louisiana State University Health New Orleans
Geraldine Thomas, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom
Ilya Veyalkin, The Republican Research Centre for Radiation Medicine and Human Ecology, Belarus
Lynne K. Wathen, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority
Lydia B. Zablotska, University of California, San Francisco