Opening session of the Committee on Monday, 10 June 2019
Helen Grogan attended the sixty-sixth session of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) in Vienna, Austria, 10 to 14 June 2019. Members of the US delegation to UNSCEAR included (pictured above, left to right) A. Ansari, D. Pawel, V. Holahan, H. Grogan, B. Napier, N. Harley, and W. Bolch, and G. Woloschak (absent).
UNSCEAR Secretary Borislava Batandjieva-Metcalf (left) with Helen Grogan (right) at the reception hosted by the Permanent Mission of Belgium to the International Organizations in Vienna
Borislava Batandjieva-Metcalf, the newly-appointed Secretary of the Committee, directed the session, which was attended by representatives from 25 member countries, four observer countries, and two international organizations. During the session, the Committee approved scientific reports on the evaluation of selected health effects and the inference of risk due to radiation exposure, and on lung cancer from exposure to radon. Additionally, participants advanced their work on evaluation of medical and occupational exposures, biological mechanisms relevant for the inference of cancer risks from low dose radiation, and update of the UNSCEAR 2013 Report on the levels and effects of radiation exposure due to the nuclear accident following the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami.