As the United States Co-Chair of the Joint Coordinating Committee for Radiation Effects Research (JCCRER), I am pleased to host the upcoming 7th International Meeting of the U.S.-Russian JCCRER planned for September 16 - 17, 2009, in Washington, DC.
The JCCRER was established through a bilateral U.S.-Russian agreement originally signed on January 14, 1994, to coordinate scientific research on the health effects of exposure to ionizing radiation in the Russian Federation from the production of nuclear weapons. The goal of the program is to assess worker and public health risks from radiation exposure, these data being essential to validate current radiation protection standards and practices. JCCRER research funded by the U.S. Department of Energy is called the Russian Health Studies Program.
Through the JCCRER's efforts, the program has a rich history of accomplishments making significant contributions to science and improving our understanding of the adverse health effects of radiation. We have reached a major milestone of 15 years of collaborative U.S. and Russian efforts that resulted in over 200 peer-reviewed publications in U.S., Russian, and international scientific journals. Please join us in celebrating our collective success.
The planned meeting is designed to promote and advance the goals of the JCCRER by facilitating technical exchange of scientific information and results, highlighting program successes and accomplishments, defining common goals and milestones for the coming year, and planning for the future.
In addition to the scientific sessions, we have also planned an optional cultural day-tour of Washington, DC, on Tuesday, September 15, 2009.
Please visit this website to find more information about the meeting agenda, accommodations, cultural day-tour, and other items of interest.
We look forward to an enjoyable and productive meeting, and we welcome each one of you to the JCCRER meeting.