In November 2016, several DCEG experts joined prominent scientists from around the world at the National Academy of Sciences Beebe Symposium, “30 Years After the Chernobyl Accident: Current and Future Studies on Radiation Health Effects.”
Throughout the two-day meeting, scientists from the Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB) discussed the latest findings from their research program on late-effects from ionizing radiation exposure, and Chernobyl studies in particular, as well as opportunities for future investigations. Presenters included André Bouville, Ph.D., NCI retired and REB special volunteer, “Doses Received from the Chernobyl Accident;” Kiyohiko Mabuchi, M.D., Dr.P.H., “Cardiovascular Health Effects;” and Maureen Hatch, M.P.H., Ph.D., “Health Effects of in Utero Exposure.” Stephen J. Chanock, M.D., DCEG Director, described the international collaborative effort to apply cutting edge technologies to the search for genetic markers of radiation exposure in his talk, “-Omics.” REB-led studies and collaborative efforts were featured prominently in talks by other speakers as well. REB Chief Amy Berrington de González, D.Phil., served on the symposium organizing committee.
The Gilbert W. Beebe symposium, hosted by the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board at the National Academy of Sciences Historic Building, honors the late Dr. Beebe, an NCI investigator for 25 years and leader of studies on the health effects of ionizing radiation, including early research on the effects of exposure from the Chernobyl accident. The meeting was co-sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.