General Information on the Beebe Symposium

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

The 2016 Beebe Symposium was held November 1-2, 2016. Please check the event page for information about this event.


The 2014 Beebe Symposium was held on May 13, 2014. Please check the event page for information on this event.


The 2011 Beebe Symposium explored the need to track radiation exposure from medical diagnostic procedures such as computed tomography, fluoroscopy, and nuclear medicine imaging exams. These procedures have proven clinical benefit, yet there are concerns regarding the potential health risks resulting from the associated radiation exposure and increase in utilization. Several stakeholders, including federal agencies, have realized that a more comprehensive strategy for radiation exposure data collection is needed. The symposium explored "why," "what," and "how" to track exposure from medical diagnostics and consider next steps.

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Presentations and discussions that took place during the symposium were summarized in a National Academies workshop report.