General Information on the Beebe Symposium

Information on the 2019 Gilbert W. Beebe symposium on the Future of Low-Dose Radiation Research in the United States

The Gilbert W. Beebe symposium was established by the Board on Radiation Effects Research (a predecessor of the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board) in 2002 to honor the scientific achievements of the late Dr. Gilbert W. Beebe (National Cancer Institute), who was one of the designers and key implementers of the epidemiology studies of Japanese atomic bomb survivors and co-founder of the Medical Follow-up Agency. The symposium is used to promote discussions among scientists, federal staff, and other interested parties concerned with radiation health effects.

The twelve symposia that have been held to date have addressed a wide range of topics related to radiation and health:

  • Scientific Highlights of RERF Studies and Chernobyl Studies (2002)
  • Psychological Consequences of Exposure to Ionizing Radiation (2003)
  • Recent Developments in Radiation Risk Assessment (2004)
  • Beyond BEIR VII (2005)
  • Pre- and Post-Conception Radiation Exposure: Sensitivity of Gametes, Fetuses, and Children (2006)
  • Sixty Years of ABCC [Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission]/RERF: Major Contributions and Future Studies (2007)
  • Radiation as a Cause of Cardiovascular Disease (2008)
  • Radiation Exposures from Imaging and Image Guided Interventions (2009)
  • Scientific Advances in Radiobiology and Radiation Epidemiology, Implications for Radiation Exposure Regulations (2010)
  • Tracking Radiation Exposure from Medical Diagnostic Procedures (2011)
  • The Science and Response to a Nuclear Reactor Accident (2014)
  • 30 Years after the Chernobyl Accident: Current and Future Studies on Radiation Health Effects (2016)

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Past Events

2016 symposium info 

2014 symposium info

2011 symposium info