|Gilbert W. Beebe Symposium on 30 Years after the Chernobyl Accident: Current and Future Studies on Radiation Health Effects
November 1 – 2, 2016
The April 26, 1986, Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident was the most severe accident in the history of commercial nuclear power in terms of releases of radiation to the environment. Initial radiation exposure in contaminated areas was due to short-lived iodine-131 and later due to caesium-137. About 5 million people in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine were exposed to radiation from the accident.
The Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident was also the only accident to date with acute radiation-related fatalities. Of the 134 plant employees and first responders with confirmed diagnosis of acute radiation syndrome, 28 died the first few weeks of the accident.
The focus of the 2016 Beebe Symposium will be on commemorating the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident and discussing the achievements of 30 years of studies on the radiation health effects following the accident and future research directions.