The 12th International Conference on the Health Effects of Incorporated Radionuclides (HEIR) – October 8-11, 2018, Fontenay-aux-Roses – Call for Presentations
IRSN and CEA are jointly organizing the 12th edition of the International Conference on the Health Effects of Incorporated Radionuclides, HEIR 2018. The call for presentations is now open and will close on May 1, 2018. The conference will be held at IRSN on October 8-11, 2018 in Fontenay-aux-Roses (near to Paris), Building 01 Auditorium.
The conference will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss the latest developments in fields related to the study of radionuclide incorporation. The conference will discuss themes including biokinetics, the chemistry of radionuclides, dosimetry of incorporated radionuclides, radiation toxicology and biology, as well as applications that use radionuclides in nuclear medicine, such as medical imaging and therapy. The organizing committee is made up of IRSN and CEA representatives, two leading research organizations in the fields of radiotoxicology and radiobiology. The committee is co-chaired by J.M. Bertho from IRSN and F. Menetrier from CEA.
This conference is the twelfth in a series that began in 1974 in Alta, USA, entitled "Biological Effects of 224Ra and Thorotrast". The first edition focused on research into radium and Thorotrast, a drug used as a contrast medium in radiology (thorium dioxide injections) during the first half of the 20th century. A series of conferences followed, held every three or four years in different countries around the world. The conference has expanded over the years to include other radionuclides, reflecting the development of techniques in the field of medicine, to explore issues related to the health effects of radionuclide intake in humans and animals.
Proposals are already being accepted for presentations at the conference on the HEIR 2018 website, and submissions will remain open until May 1, 2018. Registration is also now open at HEIR 2018.
- Thursday, February 22, 2018: registration and abstract submissions opens
- Tuesday, May 1, 2018: deadline for submitting abstracts
- Sunday, July 1, 2018: the decision is sent to applicants
- Wednesday, August 1, 2018: reduced rate registration closes
- Thursday, October 4, 2018: online registration closes
- October 8-11, 2018: the conference will take place
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Presentation on the European approach for the medical and therapeutical management of mass radiation exposure, to be given at the EBMT's 2018 Annual Meeting
During the Annual Meeting of the EBMT (European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation), being held from March 18 to 21, 2018, the EMBT's "Nuclear Accident Committee" (NAC), IRSN and Ulm University (Germany) will present "the European approach or the medical management of mass radiation exposure", to coincide with the recent 2017 edition of the guide to this approach (1). This approach is the result of a European consensus reached in 2007 regarding the medical management of radiation-induced aplasia* (2). It came about thanks to a joint initiative led by the EBMT, IRSN and Ulm University, which brought together leading European specialists in Hematology to define a strategy for the medical treatment of radiation-exposed patients and for managing mass radiation exposure accidents. It involves a "triage strategy" applied to radiation-exposed patients based on an initial assessment of clinical symptoms, with a view to implementing appropriate treatment protocols.
The EBMT works with a Europe-wide network of 500 Hematology centers and departments, affording considerable capacity for testing and treating patients who need it.
Throughout the medical treatment of such patients, experts from the EBMT constantly update reports on how the clinical scenario is evolving, in order to optimize the care given, even across national borders. The EBMT also manages a European bone marrow transplantation database from which reports on clinical cases can be retrieved in the event of a mass radiation exposure accident.
IRSN, which is a member of the EBMT's NAC, is involved in all this work, mainly through its research on treating radiation-induced aplasia and in its advisory capacity in managing radiation-exposure accidents.
(1) Synthetic guide on the European approach for the medical and therapeutical management of mass radiation exposure
(2) NC. Gorin at al., Consensus conference on European preparedness for haematological and other medical management of mass radiation accidents, Annals of Hematology (2006)
* Radiation-induced aplasia: Partial or total bone marrow dysfunction following exposure to ionizing radiation resulting from damage to bone marrow cells (stem cells, progenitor cells and differentiated cells).
EBMT's 2018 annual meeting
European Consensus Conference
IRSN's theses days 2018
IRSN’s theses days 2018 will start on Monday March 19th until Thursday March 22nd 2018 and will take place in Annecy (France). This seminar, which takes place every year, is a unique event for the IRSN PhD students to exchange and meet.
It allows 2nd and 3rd years PhD students to present their work in front of their colleagues from the institute and from different research organizations (universities, industries…). The 1st year PhD students will present their thesis work through poster sessions.
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The 15th issue of Aktis, IRSN’s scientific newsletter, is available
The fifteenth English-language issue of Aktis, the quarterly newsletter on IRSN’s research, is available on a HTML and PDF package. Aktis is published only in a digital version and available in HTML or text format for e-mail, RSS anda pageflip PDF.
In this issue, focus on modeling tritium transfer in the environment to assess its impact. Aktis n°15 also treats of using MSC to treat the effects of radiotherapy, towards a more effective protocol. As well, it deals with the link between chronic exposure to uranium and brain function.
The subscription for the English and French versions is complimentary. To read this issue or subscribe, go to www.irsn.fr/aktis-EN.
To find out more about the Science and Technology Series To download the unprintable, in colour, PDF book
Publication of the book "Current state of research on pressurized water reactor safety"
publishes a new book in its Science and Technology Series, entitled
"Current state of research on pressurized water reactor safety".
For more than 40 years, IPSN then IRSN has conducted research and
development on nuclear safety, specifically concerning pressurized water
reactors, which are the reactor type used in France. This publication
reports on the progress of this research and development in each area of
study - loss-of-coolant accidents, core melt accidents, fires and
external hazards, component aging, etc. -, the remaining uncertainties
and, in some cases, new measures that should be developed to consolidate
the safety of today's reactors and also those of tomorrow. A chapter of
this report is also devoted to research into human and organizational
factors, and the human and social sciences more generally. All of the
work is reviewed in the light of the safety issues raised by feedback
from major accidents such as Chernobyl and Fukushima Daiichi, as well as
the issues raised by assements conducted, for example, as part of the
ten-year reviews of safety at French nuclear reactors. Finally, through
the subjects it discusses, this report illustrates the many
partnherships and exchanges forged by IRSN with public, industrial and
academic bodies both within Europe and internationally. This publication
reflects IRSN' desire to keep an enduring record of its results and to
share its knowledge.
book published by the IRSN is available in its entirety, in the
printable (B & W) and non-printable (color) PDF formats. It is also
possible to order a hard copy and will soon be available in e-pub.
Geoffrey Pellerin wins the 2018 Jean Bricard Award
On Tuesday, January 30, 2018, Geoffrey Pellerin won the Jean Bricard Award, presented by the ASFERA (French Association for Aerosol Research) during the 31st French Aerosol Conference (CFA 2018) held in Paris.
He received the award for his PhD thesis on "Quantifying dry weather deposition rates and documenting aerosol emission processes in natural cover", carried out at IRSN* and brilliantly defended on December 20, 2017 at the Université de Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC). On the strength of this award, Geoffrey Pellerin has been invited to give a paper at the 10th International Aerosol Conference (IAC 2018) taking place in St. Louis (Michigan, USA) from September 2 to 7, 2018.
Geoffrey Pellerin has spent three years at IRSN studying the dry deposition of particles in grassland ecosystems and the subsequent re-emission of bioaerosols (fungi, bacteria, yeasts, etc.), with a focus on bacteria that can assimilate and concentrate radionuclides emitted during chronic or accidental releases at nuclear facilities. Prior to this PhD research, there was a lack of experimental data on particles smaller than 1 μm in diameter and, therefore, a great deal of uncertainty regarding dry deposition and re-suspension modeling. Furthermore, there was no data on the measurement of in situ rates of deposition of particles smaller than 10 nm in diameter, even though such particles can carry radionuclides, as has been the case in the Fukushima accident.
Geoffrey Pellerin has successfully established, for the first time, curves for dry deposition rates depending on particle size, ranging from 1.5 nm to 1.2 µm. He has also documented the biological particle (bacteria) emission processes.
The Jean Bricard Award has been given every year since 1998 to a young French researcher whose work, achieved as part of their thesis research, is deemed by the aerosols scientific community to be original, and whose development is likely to influence future research in the field. The ASFERA award aims to promote research in aerosol science, and is named in honor of Professor Jean Bricard (1907-1988), considered to be the father of French aerosol science. Geoffrey Pellerin is the third candidate presented for the Jean Bricard Award by the Cherbourg-Octeville Radioecology Laboratory (LRC). Previous winners were Pierre Damay and Pierre Roupsard who won the award in 2010 and 2013.
* at the Cherbourg-Octeville Radioecology Laboratory (LRC), IRSN Health and Environment Unit
Photo: Geoffrey Pellerin has received the award. © IRSN
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CFA 2018 website
IRSN is joint organizer of the second workshop of the French seismologic and geodetic network (RESIF) focusing on seismic hazard
The second workshop of the French seismologic and geodetic network (RESIF) focusing on seismic hazard will be held in Montpellier from 29 to 31 January. IRSN, one of the historic leaders in the field, has been heavily involved in organizing the workshop in liaison with the University of Montpellier and EOST, the School and Observatory of Earth Sciences. The workshop will be immediately followed by a meeting on drawing up national shakemaps. The two events are being organized as part of the RESIF network's cross-cutting "Seismicity in France" program.
This second workshop on seismic hazard will compare data and studies to characterize deformation and seismic activity in Metropolitan France (and other intraplate earthquake zones) with earthquake predictions produced using numerical and analog models integrating different deformation processes. It will also discuss the input data required and available for future seismicity models (crustal structures, fault velocity, geodesics, etc.) with a view to future seismotectonic zoning. Academics, people who produce (geological, geodesic, and seismological) data and models and those involved in the practical applications of seismic hazard in France (IRSN, BRGM, EDF, the CEA, etc.) will attend the workshop to discuss these subjects.
One aim of the workshop is to examine the extent to which seismic activity observed in France can be compared to that in other intraplate fault zones around the world, particularly in intraplate zones considered to be stable. Another aim is to draw up an outline of a common research strategy in the hope of developing this aspect within the RESIF's cross-cutting "Seismicity in France" program.
Back in 2016, the first RESIF workshop, held in Strasbourg, was attended by around fifty engineers and researchers to discuss updating existing databases and using them for calculating seismic hazard in France.
 Shakemaps are maps of ground motion and shaking intensity following significant earthquakes.
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Recruitment for PhD proposals at the IRSN laboratories for the 2018 academic year has started !
Thesis proposals are organized by discipline (Sociology; Biology, Medicine, Health; Mathematics, Physics-Earth, Universe, Space; Physics-Chemistry, Materials; Chemistry-Environment; Physics-Chemistry, Radiation; Mechanics-Materials, Fluid Mechanics-Sciences for the Engineer).
To benefit from a thesis financing, you must hold a Master's degree or an equivalent diploma allowing enrollment in a doctoral school, before the month of October of the current year. In the case of diploma equivalence, the authorization of registration with the doctoral school associated with the subject will have to be verified before the assembly of the application file. Unless waived, you must be under 26 years old when you apply and have graduated with honors.
The first step to apply is to contact the tutor of the thesis (mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org) by sending CV and application letter. If your profile interests him, he will tell you the rest of the process. Additional information on the thesis may also be available by clicking on the subject (coming January 2018).
The final selection of topics and candidates will take place in May-June 2018.
PhD student at IRSN wins award at the "Microbiota & Health" conference
Alexia Lapière, a PhD student at IRSN's Radiobiology of Medical Exposure Laboratory (LRMed), won an award for the paper that she presented at the "Microbiota & Health" conference held at the Kremlin-Bicêtre hospital (France) on November 20, 2017.
Her paper, entitled "Faecalibacterium prausnitzii as radioprotective agent in a model of radiation-induced severe colonic ulceration" was one of four award-winning papers selected for presentation at the conference. In this paper, she discussed her thesis research on the effects of a probiotic, Faecalibacterium prausnitzii, on colonic lesions that may develop ten years or more after undergoing pelvic radiation therapy. Her research, carried out in collaboration with INRA, aims to evaluate how effective this probiotic is in reducing damage to healthy tissue when administered as a preventive measure prior to starting radiation therapy.
The "Microbiota and Health" conference was held at the Paris-Sud Faculty of Medicine and was attended by around a hundred French participants interested in the subject of microbiota research.
Photo: the award-winners recognized at the conference. Alexia Lapière is second from the right. © IRSN
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