We wish to thank everyone who participated and contributed to the 2016 Conference on Radiation and Health (CRH) on the “Public Health Impact of Current Sources of Radiation Exposure: New Data and Insights from Biology, Epidemiology, and Statistics.” Held in Hawaii from October 15-17 in conjunction with the RRS 62nd Annual Meeting, we had 93 participants including epidemiologists, radiation biologists, statisticians, medical doctors, dosimetrists, and radiation protection specialists. The conference was a huge success, nearly double the size of the 2014 meeting, as it lived up to its reputation as one of the very best of its type for providing opportunities to discuss in a multi-disciplinary setting the latest science on radiation health effects.
Highlights of the conference included an extremely successful workshop for early stage radiation investigators (ESRI) and cutting edge topical sessions on radiation health effects from occupational exposures, dosimetric uncertainties and their impact on epidemiologic analyses, radiation genetics, controversies associated with thyroid cancer screening, new information from RERF, and a session on disaster consequence and emergency response - in recognition of the 30th and 5th anniversary years for the disasters in Chernobyl and Fukushima. We also held poster sessions and a banquet featuring a presentation by Dr. Ruth Kleinerman, Assistant Branch Chief of the National Cancer Institute’s Radiation Epidemiology Branch, and where we honored Dr. Marilyn Stovall with a Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of her countless contributions to the field and Dr. Lydia Zablotsksa with a mentoring award. There was also a panel discussion focused on “future directions” in radiation research involving some of the leading long-time contributors from multiple disciplines, Drs. John Boice, Dale Preston, Gayle Woloschak, Richard Wakeford, and Werner Rühm. As stated by a respondent to the survey of participants, an important lesson from the conference is that continued cross-fertilization is needed between radiation epidemiology and biology.
We are looking forward to having you join us at the 2017 RRS conference in Cancun, Oct. 15-18 for which CRH has plans for at least one full session, and in the 2018 at the next joint CRH-RRS conference in Chicago, Sept. 23-26, 2018. Drs. Eric Grant and Michael Weil will serve as co-Chairs. Plans for the next meeting will begin early 2018.
MORE INFORMATION ON RRS 2017