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Symposium Update: online archive now available at live stream link
Online permanent archive available now: Thanks to all who attended the symposium in person, and the over 4300 more in 650 cities around the world who attended online. We have had many requests and questions for/about the online archive. It is now up at the Live Stream link: http://www.totalwebcasting.com/view/?id=hcf . Click on presenter names to go directly to any individual presentation. Click on Documents to access available power points. Please share widely, but remember to give proper attribution to the speakers and their colleagues if that has been requested.
We are pleased to make this permanent archive available for free, but we still have work we would like to do. We would like to translate the presentations into japanese and subtitle them so that the country under the most urgent duress from the Fukushima nuclear disaster will have greater and better access. To this end we ask that if you feel this is a service you appreciate, and that is useful to you and others, please consider donating toward our work on making it available to a greater audience. Even $5 from every person who views it would help go a long way towards making further translation possible.
UPDATE 3/7- Press conference: There will be a press conference 1:00 pm on Monday, March 11 with US Navy Quartermasters (retired) Maurice Enis and Jaime Plym who both suffered radiation exposure and subsequent health damage while serving on the USS Ronald Reagan during a Fukushima aid and rescue mission. Enis and Plym will discuss the lawsuit they joined against the nuclear plant’s owner, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), for misleading US officials about the extent of radiation released.
UPDATE 2/22: Students with valid ID now only $30 (includes attendance and lunch for both days). Students who have already bought tickets will be refunded the difference.
Update: Live stream link will be:
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Updates: 8am event registration AND check-in time for ticket holders (please arrive early as the event will begin promptly at 9am). Because the event is being live streamed people who arrive late will not be seated while presenters are speaking.
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Symposium: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident l March 11-12, 2013
The New York Academy of Medicine, New York City, NY
A unique, two-day symposium at which an international panel of leading medical and biological scientists, nuclear engineers, and policy experts will make presentations on and discuss the bio-medical and ecological consequences of the Fukushima disaster, will be held at The New York Academy of Medicine on March 11-12, 2013, the second anniversary of the accident. The public is welcome.
A project of The Helen Caldicott Foundation, the symposium is being co-sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Registration Information: Registration and check-in will begin at 8am on both days. Please arrive early to allow time for this. The event will begin promptly at 9am.
Registration in advance is $60. This includes attendance and lunch for both days. Please fill out the on-line form and choose the secure PayPal option to pay.
Students with a valid student ID: now only $30 (includes attendance and lunch for both days). Student ID must be presented at the door at check-in.
Registration at the door: $60 (includes attendance only for both days). A limited number of à la carte lunches may be available for purchase. As time for networking is limited, we encourage people to register in advance in order to take advantage of the complimentary lunch and use this time to speak with participants and other attendees.
Registration forms must be filled out completely and accurately in order to insure easy check-in. The registration process will generate an e-ticket. This ticket MUST be presented at the door. If you lose your ticket you must provide photo ID that matches your registration information.
Food preference: Vegetarian or non-Vegetarian. At the time of registration you MUST specify whether you are requesting a vegetarian or non-vegetarian meal. Your request will be valid for both days. You cannot request a vegetarian meal for one day but not the other.
The event will be chaired by Donald Louria, MD: Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey.
Confirmed speakers include:
Dr. Tim Mousseau, Professor of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina – Chernobyl, Fukushima and Other Hot Places, Biological Consequences
Ken Buesseler, Marine Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute –Consequences for the Ocean of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident
David Lochbaum, The Union of Concerned Scientists – Another Unsurprising Surprise
Dr. Wladimir Wertelecki, President of the Board, OMNI-Net Ukraine Child Development Programs (current). Professor of Biomedical Anthropology (Adjunct) Graduate Program in Biomedical Anthropology, State University of New York at Binghamton, NY (2011-). Former Chair of the Department of Medical Genetics and Birth Defects, University of South Alabama, 1974-2010 - Congenital Malformations in Rivne Polossia and the Chernobyl Accident
Dr. Marek Niedziela, Professor of Pediatrics, Poznan (Poland) University of Medical Sciences – Differential diagnosis of ultrasonographic thyroid lesions in children
Dr. Alexy Yablokov, Russian Academy of Sciences – Lessons from Chernobyl
Akio Matsumura, Founder of the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders – What did the World Learn from the Fukushima Accident?
Robert Alvarez, Senior Scholar, Institute for Policy Studies, formerly of DoE - Management of Spent Fuel Pools and Radioactive Waste
Arnie Gundersen, Nuclear Engineer, Fairewinds Associates – What Did They Know and When Did They Know It?
Dr. David Brenner, Higgins Professor Radiation Biophysics, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University – Mechanistic Models for Effects of Ionizing Radiation on Living Systems
Dr. Steven Wing, Associate Professor Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University North Carolina - Epidemiologic studies of radiation releases from nuclear facilities: Lessons past and present.
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
David Freeman, Engineer and Attorney, Former Chairman of TVA, Office of Science and Technology in charge of energy and the environment in the Johnson White House, and for 2 years under Nixon –The Rise and Fall of Nuclear Power
Dr. Ian Fairlie, Radiation Biologist and Independent Consultant on Radiation Risks, Former Scientific Secretary to UK Government’s Committee Examining Radiation Risks from Internal Emitters – The Nuclear Disaster at Fukushima: Nuclear Source Terms, Initial Health Effects
Andrew S. Kanter, MD MPH FACMI, Immediate Past-President of Physicians for Social Responsibility – Moderator, Health Effects Panel.
Dr. Hisako Sakiyama, Doctor of Medicine, Former Senior Researcher in National Institute Radiological Sciences, Member of Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigative Commission - Risk Assessment of Low Dose Radiation in Japan; What Became Clear to The National Diet of Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission
Dr. Herbert Abrams, Stanford University, Emeritus Professor Radiology, Stanford University, Member Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation Committee National Academy Sciences (BEIR V11) - "The Hazards of Low-level Ionizing Radiation: Controversy and Evidence."
Kevin Kamps, Specialist in High Level Waste Management and Transportation, Beyond Nuclear – Seventy Years of Radioactive Risks in Japan and America
Joseph Mangano, Executive Director, Radiation and Public Health Project, speaking on a new article about increases in newborn hypothyroidism.
Mary Olson, Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Southeast - Gender Matters in the Atomic Age
Cindy Folkers, Radiation and Health Specialist, Beyond Nuclear - Post-Fukushima Food Monitoring
Hiroaki Koide, Master of Nuclear Engineering, Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute (KURRI), Specialist of Radiation Safety and Control.
Dr. Helen Caldicott, Founding President Physicians for Social Responsibility – The Nuclear Age and Future Generations
PROGRAM: March 11 and 12th, 2013
The Japanese Prime Minister during the Fukushima crisis, Naoto Kan, will open the symposium with a special videotaped message: My Experiences as Prime Minister during the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster. He will be followed by another video message from Hiroaki Koide, Master of Nuclear Engineering, Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute (KURRI), Specialist of Radiation Safety and Control: Fukushima Daiichi, A Chronological Account of the Disaster
Monday, March 11
9-9:15 Moderator Donald Louria, MD, Chairman Emeritus, Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey
Session One: DESCRIPTION AND ANALYSIS OF ACCIDENT
9: 15-9:30 Former Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan (videotape)
9:30-9:45 Hiroaki Koide, Master of Nuclear Engineering, Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute (KURRI), Specialist of Radiation Safety and Control. (videotape)
Fukushima Daiichi: A Chronological Account of the Disaster
9: 45-10:15 Arnie Gundersen, Nuclear Engineer, Fairewinds Associates
What Did They Know and When Did They Know it?
10:15-10:45 David Lochbaum, Union of Concerned Scientists
Another Unsurprising Surprise
11:15-11:45 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
11:45-12:15 Akio Matsumura, Founder of the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders
What Did the World Learn from the Fukushima Accident?
1pm-1:30pm Press conference: There will be a press conference with US Navy Quartermasters (retired) Maurice Enis and Jaime Plym who both suffered radiation exposure and subsequent health damage while serving on the USS Ronald Reagan during a Fukushima aid and rescue mission. Over 150 participants in the mission are reported to have since developed tumors, tremors, internal bleeding, hair loss and other health problems they attribute to radiation exposure. Enis and Plym will discuss the lawsuit they joined against the nuclear plant’s owner, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), for misleading US officials about the extent of radiation released.
Session Two: THE MEDICAL AND ECOLOGICAL CONSEQUENCES
2:15-2:45 Steven Starr, Clinical Laboratory Science Program, University of Missouri
The Implications of Massive Radiation Contamination of Japan with Radioactive Cesium
2:45-3:15 Timothy Mousseau, Department of Biological Sciences, University South Carolina
Chernobyl, Fukushima and Other Hot Places: Biological Implications
3:15-3:45 Ken Buesseler, Marine Scientist Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute,
Fukushima Ocean Impacts
415-4.45 Marek Niedziela, Department of Pediatrics, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poland (videotape)
Differential diagnosis of ultrasonographic thyroid lesions in children
4:45-5:15 David Brenner, Center for Radiological Research, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Columbia University,
Living with Uncertainty About Low Dose Radiation Risks
TUESDAY, MARCH 12
Session Three: THE MEDICAL CONSEQUENCES OF BOTH THE CHERNOBYL AND
FUKUSHIMA CRISES AS THEY RELATE TO NORTH AMERICA
9:00-9:15 Session Chair: Andrew Kanter, Physicians for Social Responsibility.
9:15 -9:45 Alexey Yablokov, Russian Academy of Sciences,
Lessons from Chernobyl
9:45-10:15 Wladimir Wertelecki, Former Chair, Department of Medical Genetics University South Alabama
Congenital Malformations in Rivne, Polossia Associated with the Chernobyl Accident
10:15-10:45 Ian Fairlie, Radiation Biologist and Independent Consultant
The Nuclear Disaster at Fukushima: Nuclear Source Terms, Initial Health Effects
11: 15-11:45 Steve Wing, Gillings School of Public Health, University North Carolina
Epidemiological Studies of Radiation Releases from Nuclear Facilities: Lessons Past and Present
11:45-12:00 Joe Mangano, Radiation and Public Health Project,
Post Fukushima Increases in Newborn Hypothyroidism on the West Coast of USA
12:00 -12:30 Robert Alvarez, Institute for Policy Studies,
Management of Spent Fuel Pools and Radioactive Waste
2:30 -2: 45 Cindy Folkers, Beyond Nuclear,
Post-Fukushima Food Monitoring in the US
2.45-3.00 Mary Olson, Nuclear Information and Resource Services
Gender Matters in the Atomic Age
3.00-3.30 Kevin Kamps, Specialist in High Level Waste Management and Transportation, Beyond Nuclear.
Seventy Years of Radioactive Risks in Japan and America
4:00-4.30 David Freeman, Former Chair, Tennessee Valley Authority
My Experience with Nuclear Power
4:30-5.00 Herbert Abrams, Stanford University School of Medicine
The Hazards of Low Level Ionizing Radiation: Controversy and Evidence
6:00-6:30 Helen Caldicott Closing Remarks
Location: The New York Academy of Medicine.
The New York Academy of Medicine is located at 1216 Fifth Avenue, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street. The entrance is on 103rd Street.
More specific directions, including Google Map, can be found on-line at:http://www.nyam.org/events/plan-your-event/general-info/location-directions.html
How to get there:
Take the #6 local train to 103rd Street. Walk west on 103rd Street; after crossing Park Avenue, turn right and walk a few yards, and then turn left onto the path through the garden of Carver Houses to Madison Avenue. Continue west on 103rd Street almost to Fifth Avenue. The entrance to the Academy is on 103rd Street.
From 42nd Street/Times Square. Take Shuttle Train to 42nd / Street Grand Central and transfer to the #6 Train (Uptown) to 103rd Street.
From south of 103rd Street. On Madison Avenue, take a northbound M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus to 103rd Street. Walk west on 103rd Street almost to Fifth Avenue. The entrance to the Academy is on 103rd Street.
From north of 103rd Street. On Fifth Avenue, take a southbound M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus to 103rd Street. The entrance to the Academy is on 103rd Street, on the southeast corner of the intersection of 103rd Street and Fifth Avenue.
From Grand Central Station/Grand Central Terminal. Exit Grand Central Station and Terminal on 42nd Street at Vanderbilt Avenue. Walk one short block west to Madison Avenue and take the M1, M2, M3 or M4 (Northbound) bus 103rd Street. Walk west on 103rd Street almost to Fifth Avenue. The entrance to the Academy is on 103rd Street.
From Metro North/125th Street and Park Avenue. Exit the station and take the M101 bus on Lexington Avenue southbound to East 102nd Street. Walk three blocks east to Fifth Avenue and proceed north to 103rd Street.
From Port Authority Bus Terminal. Exit the terminal at the West 42nd Street exit. Proceed to Eighth Avenue and take the M42 Bus east to Madison Avenue. Transfer to the M1, M2, M3 or M4 (Northbound) bus 103rd Street. Walk west on 103rd Street almost to Fifth Avenue. The entrance to the Academy is on 103rd Street.
From Pennsylvania Station. Exit the terminal at the West 33rd Street exit. Proceed to Eighth Avenue and take the M42 Bus east to Madison Avenue. Transfer to the M1, M2, M3 or M4 (Northbound) bus 103rd Street. Walk west on 103rd Street almost to Fifth Avenue. The entrance to the Academy is on 103rd Street.
From south of 96th Street. From the FDR Drive North, take the 96th Street exit. Turn left onto 96th Street, and drive straight until Madison Avenue. Turn right on Madison, and drive north to 103rd Street. Turn left, and the Academy is at the end of the block on the south side of the street.
From north of 96th Street. From the FDR Drive South, take the 96th Street exit. Turn right onto E. 96th Street, and drive straight until Madison Avenue. Turn right on Madison, and drive north to 103rd Street. Turn left, and the Academy is at the end of the block on the south side of the street.
From Area Airports
From LaGuardia Airport. The Academy is located 7.5 miles from LaGuardia Aiport. From the Main Terminal, take the Parkway West ramp towards Manhattan. Merge onto the Grand Central Parkway west (the Grand Central Parkway becomes I-278 East). Take the exit towards Manhattan/Randalls-Wards Island/Downing Stadium. Merge onto the Triboro Bridge. Merge onto the FDR Drive South. Take exit number 15, towards East 106th Street. Turn right onto East 106th Street, and proceed to Fifth Avenue. Turn left onto Fifth Avenue and continue until 103rd Street.
From John F. Kennedy International Airport. The Academy is located 17.5 miles from JFK Airport. From all terminals, follow signs to the Van Wyck Expressway (I-678 North). Merge onto the Grand Central Parkway West via exit number 10 (on the left), following signs to the Triboro Bridge. Take the exit towards Manhattan/Randalls-Wards Island/Downing Stadium. Merge onto the Triboro Bridge. Merge onto the FDR Drive South. Take exit number 15, towards East 106th Street. Turn right onto East 106th Street and proceed to Fifth Avenue. Turn left onto Fifth Avenue and continue until 103rd Street.
From Newark International Airport. The Academy is located 21.7 miles from Newark Airport. From the Main Terminal follow directions to US-1&9 North. Merge onto the New Jersey Turnpike North (I-95N) towards exits 16E-18E (US 46-Lincoln Tunnel). Take Route 3 exit number 16E in the direction of the Lincoln Tunnel. Merge onto I-495 East. Proceed through the Lincoln Tunnel. Take the exit on the left toward 10th Avenue/Points North/West Side Hwy. Stay straight to go onto Dyer Avenue. Turn left onto West 42nd Street. Turn right onto the West Side Hwy (NY 9AN/12th Avenue). Continue to follow NY9A North. Take West 96th Street Exit. Turn slight right onto West 96th Street. West 96th Street becomes 97th Street. 97th Street then becomes East 96th Street. Proceed on 96th Street to Madison Avenue; turn left onto Madison Avenue and proceed to East 103rd Street. Turn left onto East 103rd Street.
Merit Parking 107th Street (between Fifth and Madison Avenues) Telephone: 212-722-9498. Cost: $15 up to 12 hours; $22 up to 24 hours (prices subject to change; please call ahead to verify price)
Glenwood 334 East 103rd Street. 212-369-0764
Standard parking 86 East 99th Street (Park and Madison). 212-241-5661
East 105th St. Parking 156 E. 105 Street. 212-534-7619
The closest Hotels to the New York Academy of Medicine are:
410 East 92nd Street · New York, New York 10128 USA
The Hotel Wales
1295 Madison Avenue (between 92nd & 93rd), New York, NY 10128. Local 212.876.6000. Toll-Free 1.866.925.3746
They are both within walking distance of the venue. They are also the most expensive.
Other Hotels will be considerably less expensive. See list below (the list was chosen for relative affordability- please look up the hotel you choose to make sure it will be suitable to your requirements and expectations).
Remember that check-in and registration for the event (this includes ticket holders) will begin at 8am sharp which means that the farther from the venue you stay the more likely you will be to need to take the subway to reach the venue on time as it will be rush hour and cabs will be delayed in traffic. The subway in NY is quick, safe, and inexpensive, and very easy to navigate.
235 West 107th Street
Private rooms from $85
West Side YMCA
5 West 63rd Street
Private rooms from $100
Holiday Inn Midtown 57th Street
440 West 57th Street
Private rooms from $172
Stay Inn NYC
157 West 47th Street
Private rooms from $205
224 East 47th Street
Private rooms with shared bath from $105, private rooms with private bath from $160
AWA New York Downtown Hotel
765 8th Avenue at West 47th Street
Private rooms with private baths from $74
Holiday Inn Express Fifth Avenue
15 West 45th Street
Private rooms from $204
144 East 40th Street
Private rooms from $189
Holiday Inn Midtown
30-32 West 31st Street
Private rooms from $194
125 West 26th Street
Private rooms from $215
HOSTELS BY LOCATION
Jazz on the Park hostel
36 West 106th Street
Dorm rooms with shared bath from $37.50, private rooms from $62.50 (some with private baths, some with shared baths)
Hostelling International New York
891 Amsterdam Avenue at West 104th Street
Dorm rooms with shared bath from $55, private rooms not available March 10 & 11
Royal Park Hotel & Hostel
258 W 97th Street
Private rooms with shared bath from $89, private rooms with private bath from $112
New York Budget Inn
34th Street and 3rd Avenue
Dorm rooms with shared bath from $50, private rooms with private bath from $80
Chelsea International Hostel
251 West 20th Street
Dorm rooms with shared bath from $55, private rooms with shared bath from $120 and with private bath from $140
Larchmont Hotel in Greenwich Village
It is located in a nice area of Greenwich Village on 11th St. between 5th and 6th Ave. They have free Wi-fi and also breakfast.
Leo House at 332 W. 23rd St, New York, NY 10011
Mt Sinai Hospital, which is right down the street from the venue, also has a list of recommended Hotels:
Aloft (on the Mt Sinai list), is on the Upper West Side but must be near a crosstown street to have made the Mt Sinai list.
Rooms start at $179- 1 bed & $189- 2 beds.
Please look up what ever hotel you choose and make sure it is acceptable to you. We have compiled a list, but cannot verify that any individual hotel may be exactly what you are looking for. There are comprehensive reviews of almost every NYC hotel. Please research before booking. Read the reviews, and decide accordingly.
NY is not an inexpensive city, and for the best rates you can also check internet sites like Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, Kayak, Orbitz, Expedia, Travelocity, etc. Many also have air/hotel combos that can be more affordable.
For further information about the symposium, contact: Mali Lightfoot, Executive Director, The Helen Caldicott Foundation.
Email: MaliLightfoot@gmail.com, t) 617-650-5048
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