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Fukushima Radiation Symposium Introduction

Fukushima Radiation Symposium

Fukushima Radiation

Dr. Helen Caldicott

On March 11 & 12, 2013, the 2 year anniversary of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi disaster, a symposium was held at The New York Academy of Medicine to discuss Fukushima radiation in terms of its bio-medical and ecological consequences. The symposium was a project of  the Helen Caldicott Foundation, and was co-sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility. The Fukushima radiation symposium was entitled: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident. Dr. Caldicott has made the archive of the symposium available at: http://www.nuclearfreeplanet.org/symposium-update–online-archive-now-available-at-live-stream-link.html

Getting To The Truth About Fukushima Radiation

If a person listens to the news media concerning Fukushima radiation, it can be difficult to get real answers.  Nuclear physics is a complex topic and does not fit well into sound bites. Consequently, reporters must rely on experts, and many of the experts have a conflict of interest, since they are part of the nuclear energy industry. When asking government officials about Fukushima radiation, a similar conflict of interest appears, since officials depend on campaign contributions provided by the nuclear energy industry. If one relies on the news media, industry experts or government officials for accurate information on Fukushima radiation, they run the risk of being misinformed.

To discover the truth about Fukushima radiation, one needs to consult people who are committed to something other than the energy industry.  This symposium was assembled of such people.

Symposium Speakers On Fukushima Radiation

Physicians For Social Responsibility: Fukushima RadiationModerator: Donald Louria, MD, Chairman Emeritus, Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey


Former Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan (videotape)
Opening Address

Hiroaki Koide, Master of Nuclear Engineering, Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute (KURRI)
Specialist of Radiation Safety and Control

Fukushima Radiation: New York Academy of MedicineArnie Gundersen, Nuclear Engineer, Fairewinds Associates
What Did They Know and When Did They Know it?

David Lochbaum, Union of Concerned Scientists
Another Unsurprising Surprise

Hisako Sakiyama, Member of Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission
Risk Assessment of Low Dose Radiation in Japan: What Became Clear in the Diet Fukushima Investigation Committee

Akio Matsumura, Founder of the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders
What Did the World Learn from the Fukushima Accident?


Steven Starr, Clinical Laboratory Science Program, University of Missouri
The Implications of Massive Radiation Contamination of Japan with Radioactive Cesium

Timothy Mousseau, Department of Biological Sciences, University South Carolina
Chernobyl, Fukushima and Other Hot Places: Biological Implications

Ken Buesseler, Marine Scientist Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Fukushima Ocean Impacts

David Brenner, Center for Radiological Research, College of Physicians and Surgeons
Columbia University
Living with Uncertainty About Low Dose Radiation Risks

Session Three:
Session Chair: Andrew Kanter, Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Alexey Yablokov, Russian Academy of Sciences
Lessons from Chernobyl

Wladimir Wertelecki, Former Chair of the Department of Medical Genetics University South Alabama
Congenital Malformations in Rivne Polossia and the Chernobyl Accident

Ian Fairlie, Radiation Biologist and Independent Consultant
The Nuclear Disaster at Fukushima: Nuclear Source Terms, Initial Health Effects

Steve Wing, Gillings School of Public Health, University North Carolina
Epidemiological Studies of Radiation Releases from Nuclear Facilities: Lessons Past and Present

Joe Mangano, Radiation and Public Health Project
Post Fukushima Increases in Newborn Hypothyroidism on the West Coast of USA

Robert Alvarez, Institute for Policy Studies
Management of Spent Fuel Pools and Radioactive Waste

Cindy Folkers, Beyond Nuclear
Post-Fukushima Food Monitoring in the US

Mary Olson
Nuclear Information and Resource Services, Gender Matters in the Atomic Age

Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear
Seventy Years of Radioactive Risks in Japan and America

David Freeman, Former Chair. Tennessee Valley Authority
My Experience with Nuclear Power

Herbert Abrams, Stanford University School of Medicine
The Hazards of Low Level Ionizing Radiation: Controversy and Evidence

The Fukushima radiation topics presented by each of these speakers will be summarized in future posts.