The FY2018 USTUR Annual Report has been completed and is available for download. It summarizes organization, activities, and scientific accomplishments at the USTUR from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.
Maia Avtandilashvili was invited to provide a keynote lecture at the 12th International Conference on the Health Effects of Incorporated Radionuclides (HEIR). This conference, which is held every 4 years, focuses on topics related to radionuclides that have been incorporated into the human body. In total, USTUR faculty gave four presentations at HEIR – two by Dr. Avtandilashvili and two by USTUR director, Sergei Tolmachev.
Three tours of the USTUR’s laboratory facility were given to attendees of the Low Dose Conference in Richland, WA, September 30 – October 3, 2018.
Prior to the meeting, Oleg Belyakov of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) gave a presentation at the USTUR titled, “Overview of NAHU/ARBR Radiation Biology Coordinated Research Projects (CRPs)”. This was followed by a tour of the laboratory facility, which includes an autopsy room, a radiochemistry laboratory, an alpha spectrometry counting room, and a sample storage area.
During the conference, several additional individuals expressed interest in a laboratory tour. A tour was given to Michael Bellamy and Sandra Davern of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Yuliya Lyamzina of Fukushima Medical University, Japan. The different types of tissue materials that are available at the USTUR, such as frozen organs and paraffin embedded tissue blocks, were discussed. Following the tour, Maia Avtandilashvili demonstrated unique features of the USTUR’s academic version of the Integrated Modules for Bioassay Analysis (IMBA) biokinetic modeling software. An additional tour was given to Doug Boreham (Bruce Power, Canada), Stephanie Puukila (Flinders University, Australia and Laurentian University, Canada), Jake Pirkkanen (Laurentian University, Canada), and Christopher Thome (Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Canada).
The 2018 Meeting of the Conference on Radiation & Health (CRH) was held in conjunction with the Radiation Research Society’s (RRS) annual meeting in Chicago, IL, September, 23-26, 2018. The USTUR was well represented at the joint meetings, with one invited lecture and one poster at CRH, and two posters at the RRS meeting.
The invited lecture was given by USTUR director, Sergei Tolmachev, as part of a special session on International and domestic health studies among radiation exposed. This special session was organized by the Department of Energy’s Office of Health and Safety.
Sergei Tolmachev and Maia Avtandilashvili were appointed to serve on the new National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement (NCRP) scientific committee (SC 6-12) on the Development of Models for Brain Dosimetry for Internally Deposited Radionuclides. Dr. Tolmachev will serve as vice chairman.
Former USTUR director and WSU professor emeritus, Ronald Kathren, and his wife, Susan, donated an extensive collection of radiological books to WSU Tri-Cities. The collection consists of books on topics relevant to the radiological sciences, such as radiation biophysics, and radioactivity and health. The Ronald and Susan Kathren Radiological and Affiliated Sciences Collection is located in the Max E. Benitz Memorial Library, and was dedicated during a ceremony on Friday May 18. Kathren directed the Registries from 1989-1999, and transferred the program from the Hanford Environmental Health Foundation (HEHF) to WSU in 1992.
The USTUR is pleased to announce that USTUR/College of Pharmacy student, Sara Dumit, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation on May 14, 2018. Her dissertation, titled “Development of a new compartmental model for plutonium decorporation therapy,” describes a new biokinetic model for the removal of plutonium from the human body following administration of the decorporating agent DTPA. Ms. Dumit will submit a paper describing the model to the Health Physics journal.
Sergei Tolmachev participated in the 3rd Million Person Study workshop, held at Oak Ridge National Laboratory on May 2-4, 2018.
L to R: Michael Bellamy (ORNL), Katie Bayles (ORNL), Keith Eckerman (ORNL, NCRP), Betsy Ellis (Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, ORISE), Ashley Golden (ORISE), Mike Mumma (Vanderbilt, IEI), John Boice (NCRP, Vanderbilt), Rich Leggett (ORNL), Luiz Bertelli (LANL), Sergei Tolmachev (USTUR), Shaheen Dewji (ORNL). Photo courtesy of M Bellamy.
At the beginning of our 2018 Scientific Advisory Committee meeting, the USTUR’s project manager, Joey Zhou, presented a letter of commendation from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Matthew Moury to USTUR director, Sergei Tolmachev. Mr. Moury – DOE’s Associate Under Secretary for Environment, Health, Safety and Security – observes that the USTUR is the longest-running domestic radiation health study in the United States, highlights recent research, thanks the USTUR team for its dedication to the program, and expresses a deep sense of gratitude for Registrants and their families.
USTUR director, Sergei Tolmachev, was reappointed as a technical adviser for the Kyushu Environmental Evaluation Association (KEEA), Japan. His two-year term runs from April 1, 2018 through March 31, 2020.