Please join us on Thursday evening May 8, 2014 for an important lecture on the health effect of low level radiation exposure by Zhi-Min Yuan, Harvard School of Public Health Morningside Professor of Radiobiology and Director of the John B. Little Center, Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases.
As we pass three years after the Fukushima nuclear accident with continued uncertainty about Japan’s nuclear future, many unknowns remain about the short- and long-term effects of the radiation released and spread during that disaster. This is a time of both critical need and extraordinary opportunity in the study of low-dose radiation and its effects on human health. The 2011 tsunami and subsequent meltdown of nuclear reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi power plant exposed thousands of Japanese citizens to low levels of radiation. Diagnostic imaging and radiation therapies expose tens of thousands more each year around the globe. Yet to date the risks associated with these exposures are unquantified and largely unknown.
The scientific community today knows remarkably little about the long-term health effects of low-dose radiation exposure and the biological mechanisms that govern how the cells in our bodies respond to such exposures. This leaves lawmakers, business leaders, and ordinary citizens without the solid evidence base they need to make informed decisions on public policy, risk, and personal safety.
Please join us to hear the latest information and ideas from a leading expert at Harvard on this critical subject.
Event includes a standing buffet dinner at the elegant Roppongi Hills Club, with cash bar available. Time is 18:30-21:00 pm. Admission is 5,000 yen payable at the door by cash only.
Please register in advance by May 5 using the form on the web page http://www.harvardclubjapan.org/article.html?aid=223
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An internationally recognized radiobiologist and Director of the JBL Center at HSPH, Dr. Yuan received his PhD from the University of Maryland and post-doctoral training at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute before joining the faculty of Harvard School of Public Health. His research interests are in the area of radiobiology, stress, and cancer with a focus on the tumor suppressor p53. His research programs are supported by NIH, ACS and DOE, among other funding agencies. He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles and is a member of the editorial board for three journals, as well as a chartered member of NIH Cancer Etiology Study Section and other grant reviewing bodies. Under Dr. Yuan’s leadership the JBL Center has taken a leadership position in studying the effects of radiation on organisms and informing researchers on the basic biological mechanisms of radiobiological stress resistance, intra- and intercellular communication, and adaptation to future stressors.