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Columbia Center for Radiological Research to Hold Centennial Symposium on Radiation and Cancer

Columbia’s Center for Radiological Research is celebrating its Centennial and hosting a symposium titled, “Radiation and Cancer: Understanding the Two-Edged Sword” in honor of the occasion. The event, open to the public, takes place on April 28 and 29 and will include talks on recent developments in state of the art radiological research as well as important milestones of its 100-year history. The Center is led by Mailman School of Public Health faculty members Dr. David J. Brenner, director of the Center for Radiologic Research and professor of Environmental Health Sciences, and Dr. Tomas Hei, co-director of the Center and Mailman School professor of Environmental Health Sciences. Since 2015, the Mailman School has offered an MS degree in Radiological Sciences.

Established in 1915 by Gioacchino Failla, a student of Marie Curie, the Center was one of the first institutions worldwide devoted to researching and improving the medical applications of radiation. In the coming decades, the Center’s research helped lead to the development of policies and procedures for the diagnostic and therapeutic uses of radiation, primarily in the fight against cancer. More recently, the Center’s research has included a focus on low dose radiation exposure and its effect on public health and safety as well as appropriate responses to potential radiological incidents and accidents and ensuring national security.

Symposium sessions will cover such topics as:

  • New Approaches to Improve Contemporary Radiotherapy
  • Potential Risks of Low Radiation Doses
  • Low Radiation Doses and Cancer Risk
  • How Best to Use CT Scans
  • Countermeasures to Radiological Terrorism

Speakers are internationally recognized scientists and authorities on radiation effects from such institutions as the National Cancer Institute, American College of Radiology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Yale School of Medicine, and Duke University as well the Columbia University Medical Center and wider public health community. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with scientists, policy makers and government officials at the scientific sessions.

Read more about the Centennial Symposium and Registration