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REAC/TS releases proceedings from fifth international medical radiation symposium and workshop

Thirty-seven experts discuss a wide range of topics, such as Fukushima lessons learned, advancements in radiation stem cell therapy and using ultrasound to diagnose radiation injuries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 10, 2014
FY14-01

The Medical Basis for Radiation-Accident Preparedness Medical Management

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—As part of its mission to provide continuing education for personnel responsible for treating radiation injuries, the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) hosted the Fifth International REAC/TS Symposium on the Medical Basis for Radiation-Accident Preparedness symposium and has published the proceedings as The Medical Basis for Radiation-Accident Preparedness: Medical Management.

This symposium, held in Miami, attracted almost 200 participants from 18 countries who came to hear 37 experts discuss the most recent medical advances in the diagnosis and management of radiation emergencies and illnesses. The presentations included information from more than 100 authors of scientific papers.

“Some of the most renowned medical radiation experts from around the globe shared case studies and research along with cutting-edge technologies and procedures for diagnosing and treating radiation injuries and illnesses at this symposium,” said REAC/TS Director Dr. Albert Wiley. “The compilation of the information from this symposium’s proceedings does not exist anywhere else; topics ranged from the Fukushima radiation disaster, radiation stem cell therapy, using ultrasound for diagnosis of radiation injury to practical radiation medical applications—just to name a few.”

A biodosimetry workshop followed the symposium and featured a number of discussions related to basic, translational and clinical research involving use of multiple biodosimetry analyses for radiation injury and dose assessment. Biodosimetry is the use of physiological, chemical or biological markers of exposure of human tissues to ionizing radiation for the purpose of reconstructing radiation doses received by individuals or populations, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Learn more about the biodosimetry workshop and symposium presentation topics by viewing the table of contents with selected abstracts from The Medical Basis for Radiation-Accident Preparedness: Medical Management. These proceedings are available in hard copy and electronically.

REAC/TS is an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education facility managed by ORAU for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration with the mission to strengthen the medical response to radiological and nuclear incidents.

The Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) provides 24/7 medical support and deployment to provide emergency medical consultation for incidents involving radioactive materials and ionizing radiation worldwide. REAC/TS also conducts ongoing research into the biological effects of radiation and provides continuing medical education for health care providers. For more information, visit www.orau.org/radiation-emergency-medicine.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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