Keynote Speakers

Dr Andrew Karam

PhD, CHP

Andrew Karam is a nationally and internationally respected radiation safety professional with over 35 years of experience in his field. He began his career in the US Navy’s nuclear power program, assigned as a radiation safety specialist on a nuclear attack submarine. Upon leaving the Navy he continued his career, taking positions in academia, state government, and as a consultant in private practice before taking his current position as a WMD scientist with the New York City Police Department’s Counterterrorism Division.

Dr Helen Maynard-Casely

ANSTO

Helen Maynard-Casely is a Planetary Scientist based at the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering, part of ANSTO’s landmark infrastructure.  There, she is an instrument scientist, co-responsible for the WOMBAT (high-intensity powder diffraction) instrument.  Aside from assisting other researchers in the use of this instrument, she also conducts a program of planetary materials research aimed at understanding the materials that make up the surfaces and interiors of the icy bodies in our solar system.   She has a PhD in high-pressure physics from the University of Edinburgh and has been lucky enough to have collected data in facilities all over the world, blowing up a few diamonds along the way.  Always keen to tell anyone who’ll listen about planetary science, she writes a column ‘The Tides of Venus’ for The Conversation. 

Dr Yasuhiro Uezu

Fukushima Environmental Safety Centre, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA)

Dr Uezu, received a Ph.D. in Science from Niigata University. His doctoral thesis was “Studies on Determination of Natural and Artificial Radionuclides based on Their Lives”.

Dr Uezu has been developing a new analytical method of radionuclides, environmental monitoring, and evaluation of public exposure in Tokai-mura since April 1992.

In 2011, Dr Uezu moved to Fukushima to manage radiation protection after The Great East Japan Earthquake. Now, a group leader of The Safety Administration and Radiation Measurement Group, Fukushima Environmental Safety Center (March 2017). His main works are in the management of safety, planning of monitoring programs (environmental and public exposure) and evaluation of these results. Furthermore, Dr Uezu is trying to develop human resources through bidirectional communications.

Dariusz Leszczynski, PhD, DSc,

University of Helsinki

Dariusz Leszczynski, PhD, DSc, Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Helsinki, Finland and Chief Editor of ‘Radiation and Health’; specialty of the ‘Frontiers in Public Health’, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Holds two doctorates, in molecular biology (DSc) and biochemistry (PhD), from Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, and Helsinki University, Finland, respectively.

For nearly 22 years (1992-2013) worked at the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority with responsibility for research on biological and health effects of non-ionizing radiation. During the years 2003-2007 was Head of Radiation Biology Laboratory and from 2000 to 2013 Research Professor.

Held several visiting appointments: 1997-1999 Assistant Professor at the Harvard Medical School, 2006-2009 – Guangbiao Professor at the Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, China and 2012-2013 Visiting Professor at the Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.

An internationally recognized expert in the field of biological and health effects of radiation emitted by wireless communication devices. In this capacity testified in 2009 before the US Senate Committee, in 2015 before the Committee of the Canadian House of Commons and in 2014 advised the Minister of Health of India.

In 2011 was one of the 30 experts invited by the International Agency for Research on Cancer who classified cell phone radiation as possibly carcinogenic to humans.

Full CV and list of publications are available on his science and policy blog: BRHP – Between a Rock and a Hard Place.

 

George Anastas - Boyce Worthley Oration

PE, CHP, BCEE, FHPS, FARPS

George Anastas is a Fellow of Australasian Radiation Protection Society (ARPS), a Member of the ARPS Fellowship Committee, a frequent contributor at APRS Annual Meetings and a Past-President of the Health Physics Society. He is a Certified Health Physicist, a Fellow of the Health Physics Society, a Professional Nuclear Engineer and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer in Radiation Protection.
He has held technical and leadership positions in industry, government and academia for more than 50 years in radiation safety, industrial hygiene, occupational safety and power plant engineering. He has provided his expertise internationally in Australia, Canada, Taiwan, Japan, Ukraine and Belarus.
He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from the State University of New York at Albany and a Master’s Degree in Public Health (Environmental/Radiological Health) from the University of Minnesota as a United States Public Health Service Fellow.
He is currently engaged in “pro bono publico” technical and administrative implications of the continued operation of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and evaluation of criticality concerns at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).
He also serves as a consultant to a number of bio-technology and chip manufacturing firms in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Invited Speakers

Dr Douglas Boreham

Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM)

Dr. Boreham is currently a professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) and Division Head for the Medical Sciences Division. He is also the principal scientist at Bruce Power, Manager of the Integration Department, and is the NOSM/Bruce Power Research Chair in Radiation and Health.

Dr. Boreham is a recognized leader in the field of radiation health and environmental effects. He was selected as an expert Canadian delegate for the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) in 2012. He has earned several awards including: McMaster President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction (2004), Canadian Nuclear Achievement Award for outstanding Education and Communications (2005), Canadian Radiation Protection Association – Distinguished Achievement Award in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Radiation Protection (2009), Radiation Research Society – Mentor of the Year Award for Scholars in Training (2010). The International Dose-Response Society selected Dr. Boreham as recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Leadership Award in the field of Dose Response.

Dr. Boreham currently conducts research on low dose impacts from natural and man-made radiation. Low dose cancer risk and radioprotection is a primary focus of his research.

Christopher Clement

International Commission on Radiological Protection

Mr. Clement has a Master of Science degree in Medical Physics, and is a Certified Health Physicist. He has nearly thirty years of experience in radiological protection, working in environmental remediation, radiological counter-terrorism, and as Director of Radiation Protection at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission overseeing radiation protection regulation in all sectors across the country. For several years he represented Canada at the IAEA Radiation Safety Standards Committee, and the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency’s Committee on Radiation Protection and Public Health. He has received two honours from the Canadian Radiation Protection Association: the Distinguished Achievement Award in 2011, and the Richard V. Osborne Founders’ Award in 2015. In 2012 he was elected to the Executive Council of IRPA.

Since 2008, Mr. Clement has been Scientific Secretary of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), the tenth to hold this position since 1928, following luminaries such as Lauriston Taylor, Bo Lindell, and fellow Canadian David Sowby. He oversees the daily business of ICRP, represents the organisation in many international fora, and has presented well over 150 invited lectures in more than 25 countries on the work of ICRP and radiological protection. As Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of the ICRP he has overseen the production of more than two dozen ICRP publications, the basis of radiological protection standards, legislation, and practice world-wide.

Kevin Nelson, Ph.D., CHP

Mayo Clinic Arizona

Dr. Kevin Nelson has been working as a medical health physicist at Mayo Clinic for the last 22 years.  He has served as the Radiation Safety Officer for both Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida and the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona.  Dr. Nelson also holds an appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

Prior to joining the Mayo Clinic in 1995, Dr. Nelson worked as an operational health physicist in industry, academia, research, and state government.  He served as a health physicist for the 3M Company in St. Paul, Minnesota, as a senior health physicist for the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as a project scientist in the Radiological Sciences Division of the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York, and as a power reactor drill coordinator and joint public information officer for the State of Minnesota’s Department of Health.