National Academies advisory: June 29 public briefing on ionizing radiation


Low levels of ionizing radiation, the kind found in gamma rays and medical X-rays, can cause adverse health effects. But how harmful is such radiation, which people encounter even during daily activities such as eating, drinking, and breathing? HEALTH RISKS FROM EXPOSURE TO LOW LEVELS OF IONIZING RADIATION (BEIR VII -- PHASE 2), a new report from the National Academies' National Research Council, addresses this question and related issues. The report will be released at a one-hour public briefing.

Wednesday, June 29, at 11 a.m. EDT in Room 100 of the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Those who cannot attend may listen to a live audio webcast and submit questions using an e-mail form at


  • RICHARD MONSON (chair), associate dean for professional education and professor of epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Cambridge, Mass.
  • WILLIAM C. DEWEY, professor of radiation oncology and director, Radiation Research Laboratory, University of California, San Francisco
  • ETHEL S. GILBERT, biostatistician, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Md.
  • KATHERINE E. ROWAN, associate chair, department of communication, George Mason University, Fairfax, Va.

REPORTERS: OBTAIN COPIES OR REGISTER TO ATTEND THE EVENT by contacting the Office of News and Public Information at tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail <[email protected]>. Advance copies of the report will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EDT on Tuesday, June 28. THE REPORT IS EMBARGOED AND NOT FOR PUBLIC RELEASE BEFORE 11 A.M. EDT ON JUNE 29.

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