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The 15th meeting of WHO REMPAN global expert network was held in Geneva on July 3-5, 2017.

For the last 30 years, the network has covered the whole world – from Argentina to Japan. More than a hundred participants from 30 countries, as well as international, non-governmental organizations and professional associations, exchanged experiences on minimizing the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster, the accident at the Fukushima-1 NPP, incidents in Peru, China, etc. The meeting was attended by G. Rodier – Director of the Department of Emergency Situations WHO, M. Neira – Director of Public Health, Environment and Social Determinants of Health, R.Charrière – Deputy Director of Consumer Protection Directorate. The secretariat of REMPAN was presented by Dr. Z. Carr

Such problems were discussed at the meeting:

  •    – International cooperation for the safety of global health;
  •    – Strengthening of global health security in the area of radiological and nuclear emergencies;
  •    – Reports of national participants of REMPAN (Switzerland, Korea, China, Hungary, Australia) for 2014-2017;
  •    – Reports on the activities of RITN, EBMT, Asian and Latin American networks REMPAN and BioDozNet;
  •    – New data and Fukushima lessons;
  •    – Iodine prophylaxis and blockage of the thyroid gland;
  •    – Long-term effects and health monitoring programs;
  •    – Monitoring, evaluation and measures for internal irradiation;
  •    – Non-radiological health effects in radiation emergency situations;
  •    – Communication of risks in nuclear emergency situations;
  •    – Modern research and development of radiation emergency medicine.

An important task was the search for modern objective markers that would characterize the severity of radiation damage, radiation dose and radio sensitivity on a quantitative level. The possibilities of EPR, cytogenetic methods, blood parameters were considered. The report by D. Bazyka (NRCRM) suggests sensitive immunological and genetic markers of radiation in doses below the professional limits.

The participants analyzed the effects of ConVex3 radiological exercises, which were attended by centers of Central and Eastern Europe with the assistance of other REMPAN Fenters.

Within the framework of the meeting, a panel discussion was held on long-term monitoring of re-exposed populations and a joint meeting with the General Assembly of the International Association of Radiopathology and Radiation Losses.

The next 16th REMPAN meeting will be held in Seoul (Republic of Korea) in 2020.

Presentations of the participants of the 15th meeting are available at the NRCRM.