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HPS - Applications Open for Student Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants. The student area of the Health Physics Society (HPS) website has information on scholarships, fellowships, and grants available to health physics students. For 2024–2025, HPS is offering several scholarships and fellowships. The HPS also offers travel grants for HPS member students planning to attend the next annual meeting of the HPS. The deadline for submission of applications for scholarships, fellowships, and travel grants is 20 March 2024. Click here to submit your application. 

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NIH News of Note

NIAID Uses Selective Pay, Bridge Awards to Complement Top-Scoring Applications. NIAID strives to always fund those applications that score best in peer review, but we also discern which applications outside the payline can help guard against scientific gaps emerging in our research portfolio.

 

NIAID Seeks Dosimetry Verification Services to Harmonize Radiation Research Projects. Our Radiation and Nuclear Countermeasures Program seeks a contractor who can provide services and capabilities to maintain and expand a centralized dosimetry harmonization effort.

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Upcoming Webinar

 

  • ASTHO Webinar: Planning for the First 72 Hours. On behalf of the National Alliance for Radiation Readiness, ASTHO will host a webinar on February 20th, from 3-4 pm EST, to review recently released guidance on planning protocols for the first 72 hours after a nuclear detonation. This event will offer an overview of each of the 10 tactics described in the new guidance. Attendees will gain a better understanding of steps to take following a nuclear detonation. Speaker is Eliot Calhoun, Acting Radiological/Nuclear Response and Recovery, Program Manager, National Urban Security Technology Laboratory Science and Technology, Department of Homeland Security.

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Future Funding Areas

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  • Complement Animal Research In Experimentation (Complement-ARIE). This new NIH Common Fund program aims to catalyze the development, standardization, validation, and use of human-based new approach methodologies (NAMs) that will transform the way we do basic, translational, and clinical science. To learn more about the program and strategic planning activities. You can sign up for the listserv to get future announcements.

 

 

 

 

New RNCP Workshop

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  • Radiation Exposures in Understudied Populations: Needs, Challenges, and Mitigation Strategies. Registration is now open. RNCP, NIAID is partnering with the NIAID Basic Immunology Branch (BIB), the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Biological Resources Branch (BRB), and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Radiation Research Program (RRP) to hold this important meeting.  The workshop will be held on April 10th & 11th, 2024 at the NIAID Conference Center in Rockville, MD. Limited in-person attendance is available; however, a remote Zoom option will be offered. The goals of this workshop are to: 
    • Identify specific challenges and needs of understudied populations (pediatric; pregnant/lactating and fetal; and geriatric) after exposure to radiation during a public health emergency
    • Examine the state of science for radiation medical countermeasures (MCMs) & biomarkers/biodosimetry in these specialized groups
    • Discuss regulatory policies that influence the inclusion of these populations in the development of therapeutics and diagnostics

 

New RNCP Funding Opportunity!

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  • RFA-AI-24-003: Novel Approaches for Radiation Biodosimetry Assays and Devices Development (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed). National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The purpose of this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) is to support radiation research at all stages of development for the identification of biomarkers of injury and the development of assays or devices for the purpose of triage, including assessing absorbed dose or predicting health outcomes of acute or delayed injuries resulting from radiation exposure during a public health emergency. This NOFO will support the development of these approaches, with the goal of future regulatory approval.

 

New RFP from the NIAID Radiation and Nuclear Countermeasures Program

 

  • NIAID-NIH-RFP-75N93023R00023: RNCP Portfolio-Wide Dosimetry Verification Services. The purpose of this RFP re-competition titled “RNCP Portfolio-Wide Dosimetry Verification Services” is to support a program-led strategy to provide services, facilities, expertise, and capabilities to maintain and advance the centralized dosimetry harmonization effort established in 2020 across the RNCP-funded research portfolio. This solicitation will support research that will continue to assess methodology and variations in radiation dosing used for in vitro and in vivo (laboratory animal) studies, that support the development of MCMs and biodosimetry devices/approaches addressing radiation injuries. The offeror’s assessment of the current state of radiation dosimetry within the program will be used to develop a consistent means of comparison and reproducibility across institutions. The supported work to be performed by the offeror will encompass irradiation-study assessments of RNCP-awarded projects, as well as provision of the administrative foundation necessary to facilitate and coordinate dosimetry activities in partnership with NIAID. One cost -reimbursement type contract will be awarded to an organization to provide a comprehensive suite of dosimetry assessment/evaluation, monitoring, and harmonization services. The awarded 5-year contract will have a one-year base period with four potential option years of funding (contingent on successful completion of objectives for the prior funding period). This contract will not provide funds to support human subjects research. The Contractor will not conduct research to develop medical countermeasures or biodosimetry devices/approaches. The work to be performed under this contract will be initiated by NIAID and will follow an agreed upon Statement of Work. NIAID will select projects to be assessed for dosimetry status from within the RNCP-funded portfolio that includes industry, academia, and other government agencies.

 

 

 

 NIAID/NIH Centers for Medical Counter Measures Against Radiation Consortium (CMCRC)

Call for Pilot Project Applications

The Centers for Medical Countermeasures against Radiation Consortium (CMCRC) is now accepting applications for pilot projects. Application forms and descriptions of the current CMCRs can be found at: https://cmcrcniaid.org/content/instructions

Application due date: March 1, 2024

Anticipated project start date: August 1, 2024

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Training Opportunity

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  • Radiation Emergency Medicine REAC/TS course teaches treatment and care of patients involved in radiological or nuclear incidents. This three-day course is intended for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and other healthcare providers. First responders, emergency management and public health professionals may also find the course beneficial. The course emphasizes the practical aspects of initial hospital management of irradiated and/or contaminated patients through lectures and hands-on practical exercises. The course focuses on the fundamentals of radiobiology along with the medical care and management of patients involved with radiological and/or nuclear incidents. Topics include radiation physics; radiation detection/measurement/ identification; early evaluation and treatment of the acute radiation syndrome (ARS), and cutaneous injuries, contamination control; and mitigating risks to patients, providers, and facilities. All of these principles are incorporated in a hands-on exercise using live patients with mock injuries and transferable radioactive contamination. Radiation Emergency Medicine (REM) courses are conducted in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. $400. Upcoming dates are February 6-8, March 5-7, April 2-4, June 11-13, and August 6-8.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

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2024 Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS) Call for Abstracts. The call opens 8 January 2024 and closes 21 February 2024. Abstracts will be considered for oral and poster session presentations. The MHSRS is the Department of Defense's premier scientific research meeting. It provides a collaborative environment for military medical care providers with deployment experience, DoD scientists, academia, and industry to meet and exchange information on the unique medical needs of the Warfighter. Go to the MHSRS website to review titles and descriptions of the 2024 scientific breakout sessions and submit an abstract. There are more than 60 sessions at the 2024 MHSRS, including "Protecting the Warfighter from Nuclear Threats:  Acute Radiation Syndrome and Radiation Polytrauma."

 

NCRP Annual Meeting: Advanced and Small Modular Nuclear Power Reactors. Registration is now open for the 2024 NCRP Meeting, to be held March 25-26, 2024, at the Hyatt Regency, Bethesda, MD. Nuclear energy stands to be pivotal in cutting carbon emissions. NCRP’s Annual Meeting will explore emerging reactor designs and applications. Participants will engage on radiation protection, nuclear safety, and other significant topics with industry leaders. Registration fee is $175. Program summary is available here.

 

Upcoming Workshop – Save the Date

 

  • Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) - Joint workshop on initiatives of low-dose research co-ordination (oecd-nea.org)  An international workshop on initiatives of low dose research coordination will be jointly organized by the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), on 25-26 June 2024 in the NEA Headquarters in Boulogne-Billancourt, France. The event continues collaboration between both organizations through a series of workshops and webinars on low-dose research. The International Dose Effect Alliance (IDEA) initiative was established in 2016, and since then, provides the opportunity for low-dose radiation research organizations and individuals around the world to meet to exchange information on programs, priorities, and strategic research. On its side, the CRPPH/HLG-LDR supports radiological protection policy, regulation, and implementation choices by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of research through global co-ordination of ongoing and future low-dose research projects. This event aims to facilitate and promote a joint effort by the research community to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of research through global networking, which is particularly crucial in this endeavor. Please note that registration for the event is mandatory and that there is no registration fee. The event will take place in person, but a virtual link will be available for those unable to travel.

 

Upcoming RITN Meeting Abstract Submission

 

  • The Radiation Injury Treatment Network (RITN) 9th Biennial Workshop. Creating a Unified Understanding of Radiation/Nuclear Preparedness”Alexandria, VA; July 9-10, 2024, at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town. They are seeking submissions for presentation at the Workshop. Abstract submissions are due by March 1 through THIS LINKIf you have any questions, please contact RITN at ritn@nmdp.org with subject line “2024 RITN Workshop question.”

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Article: “NRG Oncology Assessment of Artificial Intelligence Deep Learning-Based Auto-segmentation for Radiation Therapy: Current Developments, Clinical Considerations, and Future Directions”

 

Dr. Jeffrey C. Buchsbaum and colleagues assess in-house and commercially available AI models, evaluation metrics, clinical challenges, and limitations, as well as future developments for radiation therapy.  [Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys2023 Nov 14:S0360-3016(23)08039-2. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2023.10.033. Online ahead of print.]

 

Yi Rong, PhD, Quan Chen, PhD, Yabo Fu, PhD, Xiaofeng Yang, PhD, Hania A. Al-Hallaq, PhD, Q. Jackie Wu, PhD, Lulin Yuan, PhD, Ying Xiao, PhD, Bin Cai, PhD, Kujtim Latifi, PhD, Stanley H. Benedict, PhD, Jeffrey C. Buchsbaum, MD, PhD, X. Sharon Qi, PhD

 

Read more: 

Article: “NRG Oncology Assessment of Artificial Intelligence Deep Learning-Based Auto-segmentation for Radiation Therapy: Current Developments, Clinical Considerations, and Future Directions”

 

 

 

 

JOB POSTINGS

 

 

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  • Job Description - Radiation Protection Specialist(P4) (2024/0057 (020213)) (taleo.net) The Radiation Protection Specialist plays several key roles: (1) substantive expert, developing international recommendations and guidance related to the radiation protection; (2) adviser, providing authoritative and objective information to Member States and working with them, through the IAEA's technical cooperation program; and (3) analyst, maintaining an overview of the status of the radiation protection in Member States and working collaboratively with experts in Member States on projects related to new development in the field.

 

 

AGENDA - CMCRC ANNUAL MEETING, JAN. 16-17, 2024

Centers for Medical Countermeasures Against Radiation Consortium (CMCRC)

Annual Meeting 2023-2024

January 16-17, 2024

RNCP, NIAID, NIH

IMPORTANT NOTICE: 

As of late January 15, 2024, this hybrid meeting has changed to ALL VIRTUAL due to inclement weather conditions. A virtual link has been sent out to all attendees. 

 

AGENDA 

 

Day 1:  Tuesday, January 16, 2024

8:30 am  Check-in & A/V testing

9:00 am  Welcome remarks from NIAID - Lanyn Taliaferro, PhD - NIAID CMCRC Project Scientist

 

CMCRC Program-Wide Cores

9:10 am  Overview of Consortium-wide Coordinating Core:  Yuji Zhang, PhD 

9:20 am  Overview of Opportunities Fund Management Core: Sally Amundson, PhD

9:30 am  Q&A

     

Duke University CMCRC – Nelson Chao, PI (9:35-11:20am)
 

9:35 am  Overview of Center & Project 1:  Nelson Chao, MD – Duke University School of Medicine

CaMKK2 a novel target to mitigate radiation-induced injury of the hematopoietic system and the gastrointestinal tract.

10:00 am       Project 2:  Benny (Jun) Chen, MD – Duke University School of Medicine

Endothelial Cell-Derived Extracellular Vesicles for Mitigation of the Hematopoietic Acute Radiation Syndrome.

10:20 am       Project 3:  Jenny Ting, PhD – University of North Carolina School of Medicine 

                 Innate immune receptor ligand and the microbiota as countermeasures for radiation

10:40 am       Project 4:  David Kirsch, MD, PhD – University of Toronto 

     Dissecting the Role of Revival Stem Cells in the Radiation-Induced Gastrointestinal   

     Syndrome to Define Targets for Mitigation.

11:00 am       Discussion/Q&A - External Advisors and Other Members

11:20 pm       BREAK

11:30 am       Gayle E Woloschak, PhD, FASTRO - Northwestern University 

     Studies on Radiological Exposures and Mitigation of Internal Exposures

12:25 am   Q&A

12:30 pm       LUNCH 

 

Columbia University CMCRC – David Brenner, PI (1:30-3:00pm)

1:30 pm  Overview of Center & Project 1:   David Brenner, PhD – Columbia University

                 Overview of Center, and Project 1 (high throughput cytogenetics)

2:00 pm  Project 2:   Sally Amundson, PhD – Columbia University

Radiation biodosimetry using gene expression signatures

2:20 pm  Project 3:   Albert Fornace, MD presenting on behalf of Evagelia C Laiakis, PhD – Georgetown University

                 Rapid non-invasive radiation biodosimetry through metabolomics 

2:40 pm  Discussion by External Advisors and Other Members:  Q & A

3:00 pm  BREAK

 

University of Maryland School of Medicine CMCRC – France Carrier, PI (3:15-5:05pm)

3:15 pm  Overview of Center & Project 4: France Carrier, PhD – University of Maryland School of Medicine

Overview: INTERACT: Inter-collaborative Radiation Countermeasures Consortium Accomplishment and Vision Beyond 2025

 

             Project 4 – “Characterizing senescence following Partial Body Irradiation”

3:45 pm  Project 1: Christie Orschell, PhD – Indiana University School of Medicine 

                 Development of prostaglandins as medical countermeasures for H-ARS and DEARE

4:05 pm  Project 2: Sue Chin Lee (representing Gabor Tigyi, PhD – The University of Tennessee Health Science Center) 

                 Advances in developing Radioprotectin-1

4:25 pm  Project 3: Paul Okunieff, MD – University of Florida College of Medicine

Evaluation of basic fibroblast growth factor mimetic peptide as a mitigator of GI-ARS and H-ARS in a Wistar Rat Model

4:45 pm  Discussion by External Advisors and Other Members:  Q & A

5:05 pm  Wrap-up – Andrea Dicarlo, PhD (Director of RNCP) 

5:15 pm         Day One Adjourned 

 

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Centers for Medical Countermeasures Against 

Radiation Consortium (CMCRC) 

Annual Meeting 2023-2024

January 16-17, 2024

RNCP, NIAID, NIH

Day 2:  Wednesday, January 17, 2024

8:30 am  Check-in & A/V testing

9:00 am  NIAID Overview of CMCRC

9:15 am  Dave T. Yeung, PhD – NIAID Chemical Countermeasures Research Program

                 An Introduction to the Chemical Countermeasures Research Program (CCRP)

9:30 -11:30 am - Collaborative Projects Presentations 

Collaboration 1: Investigating Neutron-induced Lung Injury

9:30 am Guy Garty, PhD, Columbia University

    France Carrier, PhD, University of Maryland 

9:55 am Q&A

Collaboration 2: Evaluation of the Role of intestinal stem cell (ISC) subsets in promoting recovery from radiation injury underlying the acute gastrointestinal radiation syndrome (GI-ARS)

10:00 am    Sue Chin Lee, PhD (representing Gabor Tigyi, PhD – The University of Tennessee Health Science Center) 

                Andrea Finholt-Daniel,PhD – Duke University School of Medicine 

10:25 am Q&A

Collaboration 3: First studies determining the efficacy of countermeasures against radiation doses delivered in microseconds 

10:30 am Brian Ponnaiya, PhD – Columbia University

10:55 am Q&A

11:00 am       BREAK

 

Day 2 CMCRC Retreat - Closed Session

(PIs, Core Directors, NIAID Program Staff & External Advisors only)

 

11:10 am       Feedback from EAB Advisors  

11:30 am       Open Discussion (How to store the data and website content; future paths)

12:30 pm      Wrap up of Closed Session

 

Many thanks to the members of the CMCRC External Advisory Board for their valuable contributions to the consortium: 

 

Jeffrey Buchsbaum, MD - NCI, NIH

Polly Chang, PhD - SRI

Nicholas Dainiak, MD - Yale School of Medicine

Daniela Stricklin, PhD - FDA/CDRH