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USTUR director reappointed as KEEA technical advisor

Dr. Sergei Tolmachev has been reappointed as a technical advisor at Kyushu Environmental Evaluation Association in Japan. He will serve a two-year term from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2022.

SAC member to give Parker Lecture in April

The USTUR invites you to join us as USTUR Scientific Advisory Committee member, Luiz Bertelli, discusses the radiological accident in Goiânia, Brazil during the Spring 2020 Herbert M. Parker Lecture. Dr. Bertelli is an internal dosimetrist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has over 40 years of experience with internal dosimetry modeling and interpretation of monitoring for radiation workers, including 18 years in Brazil. The Parker Lecture Series is sponsored by the Herbert M. Parker Foundation in partnership with WSU Tri-Cities.

Wednesday April 22, 2020 5:00 pm
WSU Tri-Cities East Auditorium – E266

Lecture flier

2019 Annual Report

The USTUR’s 2019 Annual Report has been completed and is available for download. The document summarizes organization, activities, and scientific accomplishments at the USTUR from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019 (fiscal year 2019).

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Anthony Riddell from Public Health England joins adjunct faculty to USTUR

Tony Riddell has been appointed as an adjunct faculty member with the USTUR, he has more than thirty years’ of internal dosimetry experience and also within related areas of research such as epidemiology and radiobiology. Mr. Riddell leads the Internal Dosimetry Group at Public Health England (PHE), where he is responsible for the management and delivery of the United Kingdom’s national internal dose assessment capability and a program of research which supports this capability and the work of organisations such as the International Commission on Radiological Protection.

Having shared research interests in areas such as radionuclide metabolism, dosimetry and potential exposure risks, USTUR has collaborated with Mr. Riddell and PHE over many years. In 2018, Mr. Riddell facilitated a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the USTUR and PHE’s Centre for Radiation Chemical and Environmental Hazards (CRCE) to help further this mutually beneficial relationship. Among other things, this MOU allowed PHE to share its newly developed internal dosimetry software, Taurus, with the USTUR for research purposes. The base model of Taurus is designed for operational dose assessment, but the USTUR will make use of an advanced version of the software to study the movement of actinides, such as plutonium, through the human body, and to calculate doses from intakes of those elements. The USTUR looks forward to continued collaboration with Mr. Riddell and PHE-CRCE.

Special issue of Health Physics journal features USTUR research

The August issue of Health Physics was dedicated to a special issue on USTUR research. Presentations from the USTUR’s one-day special session of the 2019 Health Physics Society meeting were published as full length articles, along with an introduction to the special issue and a summary of the roundtable discussion. The special issue was published as one of several activities designed to commemorate 50 years of research at the USTUR.

Commemorative Activities

Commentary: Worthington, P.R., 2019. Introduction to the US Transuranium and Uranium Registries (USTUR) Special Issue. Health Physics 117, 117.

Scientific Manuscripts:

  1. Kathren, R.L., Tolmachev, S.Y., 2019. The United States Transuranium and Uranium Registries (USTUR): A five-decade follow-up of plutonium and uranium workers. Health Physics 117, 118-132.
  2. Birchall, A., Puncher, M., Hodgson, A., Tolmachev, S.Y., 2019. The importance and quantification of plutonium binding in human lungs. Health Physics 117, 133-142.
  3. Goans, R.E., Toohey, R.E., Iddins, C.J., McComish, S.L., Tolmachev, S.Y., Dainiak, N., 2019. The Pseudo-Pelger Huët Cell as a Retrospective Dosimeter: Analysis of a Radium Dial Painter Cohort. Health Physics 117, 143-148.
  4. Avtandilashvili, M., Tolmachev, S.Y., 2019. Modeling the skeleton weight of an adult Caucasian man. Health Physics 117, 149-155.
  5. Dumit, S., Avtandilashvili, M., Tolmachev, S.Y., 2019. Evaluating plutonium intake and radiation dose following extensive chelation treatment. Health Physics 117, 156-167.
  6. Breustedt, B., Avtandilashvili, M., McComish, S.L., Tolmachev, S.Y., 2019. USTUR Case 0846: Modeling americium biokinetics after intensive decorporation therapy. Health Physics 117, 168-178.
  7. Tabatadze, G., Miller, B.W., Tolmachev, S.Y., 2019. Mapping 241Am spatial distribution within anatomical bone structures using digital autoradiography. Health Physics 117, 179-186.
  8. Zhou, J.H., McComish, S.L., Tolmachev, S.Y., 2019. A Monte Carlo t-test to evaluate mesothelioma and radiation in the U.S. Transuranium and Uranium Registries. Health Physics 117, 187-192.
  9. Lopez, M.A., Nogueira, P., Vrba, T., Tanner, R.J., Ruhm, W., Tolmachev, S.Y., 2019. Measurements and Monte Carlo simulations of 241Am activities in three skull phantoms: EURADOS-USTUR Collaboration. Health Physics 117, 193-201.
  10. Tolmachev, S.Y., Avtandilashvili, M., Kathren, R.L., 2019. Estimation of total skeletal content of plutonium and 241Am from analysis of a single bone. Health Physics 117, 202-210.

Forum Article: Tolmachev, S.Y., Swint, M.J., Bistline, R.W., McClellan, R.O., McInroy, J.F., Kathren, R.L., Filipy, R.E., Toohey, R.E., 2019. USTUR special sessions roundtable: United States Transuranium and Uranium Registries (USTUR): A five-decade follow-up of plutonium and uranium workers. Health Physics 117, 211-222.

Special session
Meet the roundtable participants

USTUR signs MOU with the Centre for Radiation Chemical and Environmental Hazards

Last December, the USTUR signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Centre for Radiation Chemical and Environmental Hazards (CRCE), Public Health England. This partnership formalizes collaboration between the two organizations, and allows PHE to share its newly developed internal dosimetry software, Taurus, with the USTUR for research purposes. Initially, the USTUR will work with the base model, which is designed for operational dose assessment. However, PHE is also designing an advanced version of Taurus for use in research, which the USTUR will use to model individual registrant cases. This partnership was facilitated by Sergei Tolmachev (USTUR director) and Anthony Riddell (PHE-CRCE Internal Dosimetry Group leader).

Memorandum of Understanding

Tabatadze appointed to WSU Radiation Safety Committee

USTUR Assistant Research Professor George Tabatadze was appointed as a member of the WSU Radiation Safety Committee (RSC). The RSC establishes and ensures compliance with radiation protection policies, reviews applications for and approves use of radioactive materials and radiation producing machines, and audits Radiation Safety Office records.

WSU Radiation Safety Committee

Postdoctoral opportunity at the USTUR

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available immediately at the USTUR. The research will focus on evaluation of uncertainties in radiation dose assessment for internally deposited radionuclides in support of radiation epidemiology. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to work on several biokinetic modeling projects in close collaboration with operational health physicists, biostatisticians, and radiochemists.

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