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2014 Advisory Committee Meeting

Friday and Saturday, September 5-6


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The 2014 Annual Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting was held September 5-6 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Richland, WA. It was well attended and showcased recent USTUR research and directions for the coming year.

Meeting Summary

Day 1 (Friday):

Following introductions, the morning session focused on reporting progress and achievements accomplished during the past year. Topics included progress toward recommendations proposed by the SAC at the 2013 meeting, Registrant statistics, administrative and financial developments, sample inventory at the National Human Radiobiology Tissue Repository (NHRTR), the health physics database, and radiochemistry operations.

In the afternoon, the focus shifted to research, and featured presentations from both USTUR faculty and guest speakers with whom we are collaborating. Topics included digital autoradiography, the Joint Coordinating Committee on Radiation Effects Research (JCCRER), the distribution of uranium in humans, testing the NCRP wound model, and WSU’s new graduate certificate program in radiation protection. In closing, Dr. Tolmachev concluded the day with a presentation about the research and operation goals for the coming year.

All Friday presentations were attended by invited scientific colleagues in addition to the USTUR staff, SAC members, the DOE program manager, representatives from WSU, and a Registrant’s son (next-of-kin representative).

Day 2 (Saturday):

Saturday was dedicated to providing the SAC with ample time to discuss the previous day’s presentations, and outline its members’ vision for the goals of the USTUR in the coming year. It started with a question and answer session, where the SAC members could ask the USTUR faculty and staff questions, and was followed by the SAC executive session. The executive session is a closed session – open only to the SAC members – that allows them to discuss topics from the meeting and outline recommendations for the coming year. Once the list of recommendations had been finalized, USTUR faculty/staff, the DOE program manager, and the next-of-kin representative returned to the meeting and the SAC summarized its comments and recommendations.

SAC Membership

Richard Toohey’s participation on the SAC was renewed for a second three-year term. He will also continue to serve as the chair of the committee.