During 2020, COVID restrictions meant that USTUR staff largely worked from home, and many scientific conferences were cancelled. Indeed, this slowed down certain operational aspects of the Registries, such as analyzing tissues for actinides. However, it also provided an unexpected opportunity for faculty to focus on research involving existing data. During 2021 alone, USTUR faculty have been preparing 11 papers for publication in scientific journals. Six will have a USTUR faculty member as the lead author, and six have already been submitted to and/or published in a journal. Additionally, scientific conferences have resumed using virtual, in-person, or hybrid formats. So far this year, USTUR faculty have authored eleven presentations at three conferences, and anticipate giving four additional presentations at the upcoming Radiation Research Meeting in October.

Journal Articles (Published or Accepted)

Avtandilashvili et al. Four-decade follow up of plutonium contaminated puncture wound treated with Ca-DTPA. DOI: 10.1088/1361-6498/ac04b8

҆efl et al. Inhalation of Soluble Plutonium: 53-year Follow-up of Manhattan Project Worker. DOI: 10.1097/HP.0000000000001396

Poudel et al. Long-term retention of plutonium in the respiratory tracts of two acutely-exposed workers: Estimation of bound fraction. DOI: 10.1097/HP.0000000000001311

Martinez et al. Radium dial workers: back to the future. DOI: 10.1080/09553002.2021.1917785


Health Physics Society Midyear Workshop, May 23-26
Health Physics Society Annual Meeting, July 25-29
WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Day, August 13
Radiation Research Society Meeting, October 3-6