As a result of the March 2011 troubles with the nuclear power plants in Japan, many news organizations have requested on the expertise of Dr. Harold Swartz and the EPR Center in radiation biology and the effects of radiation accidents. NPR (interview occurs following discussion with Rob Gifford and Nell Greenfieldboyce) and the New York Times talked with Dr. Swartz about the effects of consumption of produce with higher levels of radioactivity. The Boston Globe consulted Dr. Swartz about the effects of radiation exposure in Japan and the response of the Japanese government. The Chinese media has also quoted Dr. Swartz about the potential health effects of radiation in Japan (Chinese, English). Scientific American and news site Innovation News Daily featured recent developments of the Dart-Dose CMCR, demostrating how the in vivo tooth dosimeter could be used to detect clinically significant radiation exposures following a radiation accident. Local news media in Manchester, NH and Burlington, VT, WMUR and Union Leader, also discussed the in vivo tooth dosimeter. The local newstation WCAX in Burlington, VT referenced Dr. Swartz in two reports about the anxiety in Japan over potential radiation exposure (1 and 2). A local newspaper, The Valley News, also had an article discussing with Dr. Swartz the low risks of radiation exposure in the U.S. as a result of the crisis in Japan.
The Dart-Dose CMCR will hold its annual meeting on Physically-Based Dosimetry for Measuring Radiation Exposure on June 29,2013 at the Hanover Inn at Dartmouth College.
As part of its role as a Center for Medical Countermeasures Against Radiation (CMCR), the Dartmouth Physically-Based Biodosimetry Center for Medical Countermeasures against Radiation (Dart-Dose CMCR), part of the Dartmouth EPR Center, will be accepting grant submissions for pilot projects, which advance the scientific knowledge, effectiveness, and efficiency of techniques and instrumentation for physical biodosimetry to be used for triaging victims of a mass casualty event involving radiation.
Several members of our lab attended the Annual Research Meeting (ARM) of AcademyHealth, an organization devoted to the use of health services research to improve health care. They presented a poster on "A Conceptual Framework to Evauluate the Cost-Effectiveness of Alternatives to Triage Mass Casualties after a Catastrophic Nuclear Event." The objective of this research was to show that using the example of alternatives to assess radiation dose for purposes of triaging mass casualties due to nuclear terrorism, a model to conduct cost effectiveness analyses relevant to decision-making under these circumstances can be developed. Copies of the abstract and the poster can be found below:
We have been selected to host the EPR 2013 conference.Click here to go to 41st Annual ISOTT Meeting & EPR 2013 website