Symposium on the medical and ecological impacts of Fukushima

March 11-12, 2013

Symposium on the medical and ecological impacts of the Fukushima nuclear accident held at the New York Academy of Medicine, New York City.

A two-day Symposium was held at the New York Academy of Medicine, New York City, New York, US on March 11-12, 2013, the second anniversary of the Fukushima accident.

The Symposium was addressed by an international panel of leading medical and biological scientists, nuclear engineers, and policy experts who made presentations on, and discussd the bio-medical and ecological consequences of the Fukushima disaster.

The Symposium was chaired by Donald Louria, MD, Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health of the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey, US.

The symposium was a project of the Helen Caldicott Foundation.

Speakers included:

  • Dr Herb Abrams, Emeritus Professor Radiology, Stanford University, Member of Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation Committee National Academy of Sciences (BEIR VII) “The Hazards of Low-level Ionizing Radiation: Controversy and Evidence.”
  • Robert Alvarez, Senior Scholar, Institute for Policy Studies. “Management of Spent Fuel Pools and Radioactive Waste”
  • Dr David Brenner, Higgins Professor of Radiation Physics, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University “Mechanistic Models for Effects of Ionizing Radiation on Living Systems”
  • Dr Ken Buesseler, Marine Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute “Radionuclides in Ocean, Fish and the Seafloor”
  • Dr. Helen Caldicott, Founding President Physicians for Social Responsibility “The Nuclear Age and Future Generations”
  • Dr Ian Fairlie, Independent Consultant on radiation risks, former Secretary to UK Government’s Committee Examining the Radiation Risks of Internal Emitters “The Nuclear Disaster at Fukushima: Nuclide Source Terms and Initial Health Effects”
  • David Freeman, Engineer and Attorney, former Chairman Tennessee Valley Authority and Science Advisor to former President Jimmy Carter “The Rise and Fall of Nuclear Power”
  • Arnie Gunderson, Nuclear Engineer, Fairewinds Associates, US “What Did They Know and When Did They Know It?”
  • Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear, Specialist in High Level Waste Management and Transportation “Seventy Years of Radioactive Risks in Japan and America”
  • David Lochbaum, Union of Concerned Scientists, US “Another Unsurprising Surprise”
  • Akio Matsumura, Founder of Global Forum for Parliamentary Leaders on Global Survival “What did the World Learn from the Fukushima Accident?”
  • Dr Tim Mousseau, Professor of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina. US “Chernobyl, Fukushima and other Hot Places: Biological Consequences”
  • Dr Marek Niedziela, Professor of Pediatrics, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland “Thyroid Pathology in Children with Particular Reference to Chernobyl and Fukushima”
  • Dr Hisaku Sakiyama, Doctor of Medicine, former Senior Researcher at National Institute Radiological Sciences, Japan; Member of Fukushima Accident Independent Investigative Commission “Risk Assessment of Low Dose Radiation in Japan: What Became Clear to the National Diet of Japan’s Fukushima Investigation Commission”
  • Steven Starr, Senior Scientist, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Clinical Laboratory Science Program Director, University of Missouri “The implications of the massive contamination of Japan with radioactive cesium”
  • Dr Wladimir Wertelecki, Chairman Department of Medical Genetics and Birth Defects, Centerm University, South Carolina “Congenital Malformations in Rivne, Polossia associated with the Chernobyl Accident”
  • Dr Steve Wing, Associate Professor Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, US. “Epidemiological Studies of Radiation Releases from Nuclear Facilities: Lessons from Past and Present”
  • Dr Alexey Yablokov, Russian Academy of Sciences. “Lessons from Chernobyl”

Video of the presentations is available at:



Published: 9 January 2013
Last updated: 24 June 2013