[ RadSafe ] NYC symposium on biomedical/environmental impacts of Fukushima at New York Academy of Medicine - Gathering on "Real" Science?

Steve Schulin steve.schulin at nuclear.com
Mon Mar 11 03:39:40 CDT 2013

The proceedings today and tomorrow will be freely available via live-stream:


Both days' livestream to start at 9 am eastern time - and scheduled to end at about 6 pm

Very truly,


Steve Schulin


On Feb 1, 2013, at 6:12 AM, Ludwig E. Feinendegen wrote:

> Dear Mark:  Thank you very much for sending the News Release.  - I wonder
> what will come out of this suspicious mélange of people running the show.
> Good science will win in the end.  Best regards, Ludwig
> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu
> [mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] Im Auftrag von Miller, Mark L
> Gesendet: Donnerstag, 31. Januar 2013 17:04
> An: The International Radiation Protection (Health Physics) Mailing List
> Betreff: [ RadSafe ] NYC symposium on biomedical/environmental impacts of
> Fukushima at New York Academy of Medicine - Gathering on "Real" Science?
> Wichtigkeit: Hoch
> Source:
> www.helencaldicottfoundation.org<http://www.helencaldicottfoundation.org/>
> Contacts:  Josh Baran, jcbaran at gmail.com<mailto:jcbaran at gmail.com>,
> 917-797-1799
>      Stephen Kent, skent at kentcom.com<mailto:skent at kentcom.com>,
> 914-589-5988
> Global symposium to address mounting medical & ecological consequences March
> 11-12 - New York Academy of Medicine
> [New York - January 25, 2013]  Two years after the March 11, 2011 triple
> meltdown at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, new research and new
> information continues to come to light about its continuing bio-medical and
> ecological consequences, how they compare with Chernobyl, and what they
> indicate about the impact of nuclear power on public health, safety, and the
> environment.
> A unique public symposium, "The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the
> Fukushima Nuclear Accident," will be held on March 11-12  at the New York
> Academy of Medicine to explore the latest data and its implications. A
> project of The Helen Caldicott Foundation, the symposium is being
> co-sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility.
> The Japanese Prime Minister during the Fukushima crisis, Naota Kan, will
> open the symposium with a special videotaped message.  He will be followed
> by another video message from the Special Adviser to the Prime Minister
> (2010-2011), Hiroshi Tasaka, Ph.D.  A nuclear engineer and Professor at
> Japan's Tama University,  he counseled the Kan government on how to stop the
> acute phase of the Fukushima accident, and on reforming nuclear regulation
> and energy policy in its wake.
> Then an international group of some of the world's leading experts -
> including several from Japan and the U.S. --  in radiation biology,
> embryology, epidemiology, oceanography, nuclear engineering, and nuclear
> policy will make presentations and participate in panel discussions.  Among
> them are Dr. Ken Buesseler of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute;  Dr.
> Hisaku Sakiyama,  a member of the Japanese Diet's Fukushima Accident
> Independent Investigative Commission; Dr. Alexey Yablokov of the Russian
> Academy of Sciences; and many others (see below for a list of presenters).
> Much of the information and analysis that the participants will present is
> new.  All of it is highly relevant to the current debate about the future of
> nuclear power in Japan, the U.S. and globally.
> "The Fukushima crisis is actually an issue of global public health," said
> Dr. Helen Caldicott, the symposium's organizer.  "As a physician, I've been
> distressed about the lack of general understanding of the medical science
> that should be part of any discussion of nuclear power, but isn't."
> "For example, cancers in humans take from five to seventy years to develop
> after radiation exposure, so it takes time to actually see the effects in
> populations," she said. "But we are  already observing a demonstrable
> increased incidence of thyroid abnormalities in children in the Fukushima
> Prefecture. This may be an early indicator of an eventual increased
> incidence of thyroid cancers.  Further, plumes of radioactivity from
> Fukushima are currently migrating in the Pacific Ocean towards the West
> Coast of the U.S."
> "This crisis is far from over. Large radioactive releases into the ocean
> continue, and thousands of tons of radioactive waste are set to be
> incinerated in cities throughout Japan.  And worst of all, Fukushima
> Daiichi's building #4, which holds 100 tons of highly radioactive spent
> fuel, was seriously damaged during the earthquake and could collapse in
> another large quake.  This would
> cause the fuel pool to burn, releasing even more massive amounts of
> radiation.  All of these have profound medical and public health
> implications."
> Confirmed speakers at the symposium include:
>  *   Dr. Herbert Abrams, Emeritus Professor Radiology, Stanford University,
> Member of Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation Committee, National
> Academy of Sciences (BEIR VII), presenting on "The Hazards of Low-level
> Ionizing Radiation: Controversy and Evidence."
>  *   Robert Alvarez, former U.S. Department of Energy Senior Policy
> Advisor, now Senior Scholar, Institute for Policy Studies, presenting on
> "Management of Spent Fuel Pools and Radioactive Waste"
>  *   Dr. David Brenner, Higgins Professor of Radiation Physics, College of
> Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, presenting on "Mechanistic
> Models for Effects of Ionizing Radiation on Living Systems"
>  *   Dr. Ken Buesseler, Marine Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic
> Institute, presenting on "Radionuclides in Ocean, Fish and the Seafloor"
>  *   Dr. Ian Fairlie, independent consultant on radiation risks, former
> Secretary to UK Government's Committee Examining the Radiation Risks of
> Internal Emitter, presenting on "The Nuclear Disaster at Fukushima: Nuclide
> Source Terms and Initial Health Effects"
>  *   Cindy Folkers, Beyond Nuclear, presenting on "Post Fukushima Food
> Monitoring   in the USA"
>  *   David Freeman, engineer and attorney, former Chairman, Tennessee
> Valley Authority, who was in charge of energy and the environment while
> serving in the Office of Science and Technology under Presidents Johnson and
> Nixon, presenting on "My Experience with Nuclear Power"
>  *   Arnie Gunderson, Nuclear Engineer, Fairewinds Associates, which
> consults on U.S. nuclear safety, presenting on "What Did They Know and When
> Did They Know It?"
>  *   Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear, Specialist in High Level Waste Management
> and Transportation, presenting on "Seventy Years of Radioactive Risks in
> Japan and America"
>  *   David Lochbaum, Union of Concerned Scientists, presenting on "Another
> Unsurprising Surprise"
>  *   Dr. Donald Louria, Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Preventive
> Medicine and Community Health of the University of Medicine and Dentistry,
> New Jersey, will chair the symposium.
>  *   Joe Mangano, Executive Director, Radiation and Public Health Project,
> presenting on "Post-Fukushima Increases in Newborn Hypothyroidism on the
> West Cost of USA"
>  *   Akio Matsumura, Founder of Global Forum for Parliamentary Leaders on
> Global Survival, presenting on "What did the World Learn from the Fukushima
> Accident?"
>  *   Dr. Tim Mousseau, Professor of Biological Sciences, University of
> South Carolina, presenting on "Chernobyl, Fukushima and other Hot Places:
> Biological Consequences"
>  *   Dr. Marek Niedziela, Professor of Pediatrics, Poznan University of
> Medical Sciences, Poland, presenting on "Thyroid Pathology in Children with
> Particular Reference to Chernobyl and Fukushima"
>  *   Mary Olson, Nuclear Information and Resource Service, presenting on
> "Gender Matters in the Nuclear Age"
>  *   Dr. Hisaku Sakiyama, Doctor of Medicine, former Senior Researcher at
> National Institute Radiological Sciences, Japan, member of Fukushima
> Accident Independent Investigative Commission, presenting on  "Risk
> Assessment of Low Dose Radiation in Japan: What Became Clear to the National
> Diet of Japan's Fukushima Investigation Commission"
>  *   Steven Starr, Senior Scientist, Physicians for Social Responsibility,
> Clinical Laboratory Science Program Director, University of Missouri,
> presenting on "The Implications of the Massive Contamination of Japan with
> Radioactive Cesium"
>  *   Dr. Wladimir Wertelecki, former Chairman Department of Medical
> Genetics and Birth Defects Department at the University of South Alabama,
> presenting on "Congenital Malformations in Rivne, Polossia associated with
> the Chernobyl Accident"
>  *   Dr. Steve Wing, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Gillings School
> of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, presenting on
> "Epidemiological Studies of Radiation Releases from Nuclear Facilities:
> Lessons from Past and Present"
>  *   Dr. Alexey Yablokov, Russian Academy of Sciences, presenting on
> "Lessons from Chernobyl"
> "The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident"
> symposium will be held March 11 - 12 at the New York Academy of Medicine,
> located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street, beginning at 9am on
> March 11.  The symposium program is posted at
> www.helencaldicottfoundation.org<http://www.helencaldicottfoundation.org>.
> Members of the public can obtain information and register for the event
> online at: http://www.helencaldicottfoundation.org/symposium.html
> #  #   #
> NOTE TO JOURNALISTS AND BLOGGERS:  Members of the media are invited to
> attend all or part of the symposium free of charge. Journalists and bloggers
> need not register online but should simply RSVP to this email.  FYI the
> first session 9:00- 10:45am on Monday, March 11 includes former Prime
> Minister Kan, Dr. Tasaka, David Lochbaum and Arnie Gunderson.  For dates and
> times of all symposium presentations and panels, please see the posted
> agenda (online at http://www.helencaldicottfoundation.org/symposium.html,
> bottom of the page). Dr. Caldicott and other symposium presenters are
> available for advance or side interviews on request. To arrange an
> interview, or to RSVP for the symposium, contact Josh Baran,
> jcbaran at gmail.com<mailto:jcbaran at gmail.com>, 917-797-1799 or Stephen Kent,
> skent at kentcom.com,<mailto:skent at kentcom.com>  914-589-5988  (working media
> only please).
> About The Helen Caldicott Foundation
> The goal of The Helen Caldicott Foundation is far-reaching public education
> about the often underestimated and poorly understood medical hazards of
> nuclear weapons and nuclear power.
> About Physicians for Social Responsibility
> PSR is the largest physician-led organization in the U.S. working to prevent
> nuclear war and proliferation and to slow, stop and reverse global warming
> and toxic degradation of the environment.
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