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New Cytogenetic Biodosimetry Laboratory Being Dedicated; NNSA's Admiral Joseph Krol to Speak at Ceremony

ORISE lab will support medical community in evaluation, triage and management of radiation victims

March 27, 2007

WHAT: Cytogenetic Biodosimetry Laboratory (CBL) Dedication Event

WHEN:   Friday, March 30, 2007
Program begins at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:   Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE); Building SC-1, Room 123

Building SC-1 is located on the ORISE South Campus at the intersection of Pumphouse Road and Bethel Valley Road in Oak Ridge (Google map).

SPONSOR:  ORISE and the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS)

The CBL is one of only two federally funded facilities of its kind in the country and is an international emergency resource for radiation dose analysis. The laboratory has been reestablished to assist in the evaluation, triage and management of victims with radiation injuries and to strengthen the nation’s response to the growing threat of nuclear terrorism. Cytogenetic biodosimetry is used to identify damage to chromosomes in individuals who have been exposed to ionizing radiation.

The event will include guided tours of the laboratory as well as remarks from Admiral Joseph Krol, associate administrator of emergency operations for the National Nuclear Security Administration; Robert Brown, chief operating officer of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) – Oak Ridge Operations; Dr. Gordon Livingston, CBL director; and ORISE Director Dr. Ron Townsend.

ORISE is a DOE institute focusing on scientific initiatives to research health risks from occupational hazards, assess environmental cleanup, respond to radiation medical emergencies, support national security and emergency preparedness, and educate the next generation of scientists. ORISE is managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

REAC/TS is recognized as the established leader in the management of medical accidents involving radiation, both nationally and internationally. A team of leading experts in emergency management and radiation incident response, REAC/TS provides training and consultation to its clients, such as DOE and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

NOTE: Facility access is restricted to those with a DOE badge. Members of the media, including accompanying photographers, should call ahead for information on obtaining a visitor’s badge at the event.

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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