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Scientific Advisory Committee chair gives Parker Lecture

USTUR Scientific Advisory Committee chair, Roger McClellan, discussed the history of radiation and chemicals at Hanford and how science informs public policy during the Spring 2019 Herbert M. Parker Lecture Series. Dr. McClellan gave two lectures that were open to the public, and one that was open only to students. Dr. McClellan is an internationally recognized authority in the fields of inhalation toxicology, aerosol science and human health risk analysis. He is currently an adviser to public and private organizations on inhalation toxicology and human health risk issues. The Parker Lecture Series was sponsored by the Herbert M. Parker Foundation in partnership with WSU Tri-Cities.

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USTUR director attends EURADOS internal dosimetry meeting and 2017 ICRP Symposium

Sergei Tolmachev attended the plenary meeting of the European Radiation Dosimetry Group’s (EURADOS) Working Group 7 (WG7) on internal dosimetry in Paris, France. USTUR/EURADOS WG7 discussed progress toward modeling the decorporation of plutonium following treatment with DTPA and EDTA.

Following the EURADOS WG7 meeting, Dr. Tolmachev attended the International Commission on Radiological Protection’s (ICRP) 2017 Symposium.

USTUR funding increased

After 9 years of decreasing and flat funding, our annual funding was increased by 20%. In January, the USTUR submitted a 5-year grant renewal proposal for the period of April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2022. A budget of $5,500,000 was requested by the USTUR and approved by the Department of Energy, Office of Health and Safety (AU-10). Funding at this level will allow the USTUR to keep up the the increasing costs associated with autopsies and radiochemically analyzing tissue samples. It will also increase the USTUR’s visibility by allowing faculty members to present the Registries’ research at scientific meetings.

Director attends ICRP symposium in Seoul, South Korea

The USTUR’s director, Sergei Tolmachev, attended the International Commission on Radiological Protection’s (ICRP) 3rd International Symposium on the System of Radiological protection in Seoul, South Korea, October 20-22, 2015. This symposium was “an opportunity to hear about ICRP’s recommendations and work-in-progress directly from ICRP members, to have your views on this work heard, and to network with ICRP members and radiological protection colleagues from all parts of the world.”1 Topics included the science behind radiation doses, and new developments in understanding radiation effects. Between sessions, Dr. Tolmachev discussed plans for future collaborative research.


  1. ICRP 2015 website. Accessed 27 October 2015.

Gonzales and Feinendegen visit USTUR, tour lab

On April 5, 2015, Abel Gonzales (former member of ICRP Main Commission) and Ludwig Feinendegen (Professor Emeritus, Nuclear Medicine, Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany) visited the USTUR. Dr. Tolmachev provided a brief overview of the USTUR history, past and present achievements, and laboratory tour to the guests. Given the unique resources available at the Registries, Dr. Gonzales expressed surprise that the USTUR does not contribute to the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) activities related to the biological effects of uranium.

New hire, George Tabatadze, joins the USTUR

George Tabatadze began work as a research associate in radiation measurements on August 1st. Dr. Tabatadze earned his Ph.D. from Idaho State University in 2012. His research was conducted using data from a USTUR registrant donation. As such, he is well acquainted with the mission and operation of the Registries. He is enthusiastic about joining the USTUR research team, and we look forward to working with him.

Russian scientist visits, learns about USTUR radiochemistry operations

Ms. Elena Burikova, the Head of the Radiochemistry Group at the Southern Urals Biophysics Institute (SUBI) in Ozyorsk, Russia, spent five days at the USTUR in July 2012. SUBI studies the effects of radiation in workers from the first Russian nuclear facility, Mayak PA. SUBI houses a radiobiological repository that is similar to the USTUR. The Russian Radiobiology Human Tissue Repository (RHTR) contains tissues from 922 deceased Mayak workers, and biological materials from living workers and non-occupationally exposed residents of Ozyorsk (e.g. blood and surgical specimens).1 SUBI’s radiochemistry group analyzes these human tissues to determine the quantity of actinides (such as plutonium and americium). » More …

New hires at the Registries

Maia Avtandilashvili (left) and Elizabeth Thomas (right)

The USTUR is excited to welcome two new faces to the USTUR team, Maia Avtandilashvili and Elizabeth Thomas. Dr. Avtandilashvili (left) is a health physicist who joined the USTUR on January 22. Ms. Thomas (right) is a laboratory technician who began working with the USTUR on March 1, 2012.