rrsNews

Vol. XXXV, No. 1 April, 2002


Congratulations to the Newly-Elected Officers
of the Radiation Research Society!


VICE-PRESIDENT-ELECT

 ROBERT ULLRICH

Date of Birth: September 8, 1947.
Place of Birth: Ottumwa, Iowa, USA.
Marital Status: Married, Marsha Longval.
Children: Three, Thadd, Kristin, and Jonathon.
Current Position: Professor and Director, Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence in Radiological Health Sciences and Cancer Research, Dept. of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, and Director, Comparative Oncology, Robert H. and Mary G. Flint Animal Cancer Center, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA.
Educational Background: B.S., 1969, Biology/Chemistry, Creighton University, Omaha, NB, USA, M.S., 1971, Physiology, Creighton University, Ph. D., 1975, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA.
Fellowships, Honors, Etc.: AEC Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Rochester, 1971-1975. 15th Radiation Research Award (Michael Fry Award), 1987. Member, Radiation Study Section, 1987-1990; Member of Council, National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), 1988-present; Board of Directors NCRP, 1996-present. Member NAS/NRC BEIR VII, 1997-present; International Commission on Radiation Protection Member Committee 1, 1998-present, vice chair, 2001-present; Consultant UNSCEAR, 2001-present.
Work Experience: Research Associate; Scientist; Senior Scientist, Biology Division Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge TN. 1975-1988. Director, Radiation Carcinogenesis Group, Biology Div. ORNL, 1977-1988. Professor and Director, Biology Div., Dept. of Radiation Oncology and Professor, Dept. of Human Biological Chemistry and Genetics, University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston, TX. 1988-2001. Vice-Chair, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, UTMB, 1992-2001; Vincent P. Collins Distinguished Professor, UTMB, 1997-2001.
Memberships and Offices: Radiation Research Society (RRS); Member, Awards Committee, Finance Committee; Councilor, Biology, 1995-1998, Associate Editor, Radiation Research (two terms); American Association for Cancer Research.
Current Interests: Mechanisms of Radiation Carcinogenesis; Mechanisms of Radiation-induced genomic instability; Genetic Susceptibility.
Goals: It is an exciting time for biological research. The opportunities for discovery are enormous and these opportunities are attracting young imaginative minds into biological science. The approaches being taken are quite familiar to the Radiation Research Society. Interdisciplinary approaches that use the disciplines of physic, chemistry, engineering, medicine and biology to answer fundamental questions. Many members of this society are at the forefront of research in areas such as DNA repair, damage response pathways, and molecular genetics and cytogenetics that are resulting in a new understanding of cancer biology and of biology in general. In spite of this, the Radiation Research Society is aging and membership is not growing at the pace that might be expected considering the quality of science conducted by the membership. In particular, the influx of young scientists into biology needs to be better reflected in the society membership and at the annual meeting. The current leadership has recognized this concern, and considerable effort has been directed toward strategic planning with the goal of expanding membership, improving the quality of the meeting, and the impact of the journal. A particular emphasis in such strategic planning should be on attracting young scientists and increasing their participation at the annual meeting. I view this as one of my major goals and a first step in revitalization of the society and the field of radiation research. Coupled with this should be an expanded effort in education. The meeting can be an important venue for educating established scientists outside the field about opportunities for productive interactions. The meeting is also an important venue for educating young scientists about opportunities for research and how the application of radiation physics, chemistry, biology and medicine can be used to answer fundamental biological questions. Additional educational initiatives should also be explored. The strengthening of the meeting and expanding of education require additional sources of support and an important goal would be in fundraising particularly focused on corporate sponsorship and participation. The Journal is another important resource of the society that can play an important role in recruiting and in education. The development of plans to improve its impact by promote the journal as a major source of fundamental scientific information with broad application is underway and I hope to be able to play a role in the development and implementation of such plans.

 


COUNCILOR (BIOLOGY)

ANTONE (TONY) BROOKS

Date of Birth: 1938.
Place of Birth: St. George, Utah.
Marital Status: Married.
Children: two daughters and 4 sons.
Current Position: Professor, Environmental and Regional Planning Department, Washington State University, Richland, Washington.
Educational Background: B.S. 1961 Physical Biology, University of Utah: M.S. 1963 Radiation Ecology, University of Utah: Ph.D. 1967 Cornell University, Ithaca New York, Radiation Biology/Genetics:
Pre-Doctoral Positions: 1963-1966 Pre-doctoral Fellowship Cornell University in Radiation Biology,
Post-Doctoral Position: 1967-1968 Lovelace Foundation, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Work Experience: 1968-1977 Research Scientist, Lovelace Inhalation Toxicology Research Institute, Research Scientist, 1977-1979 US Department of Energy, Technical Representative, 1979-1989, Lovelace Inhalation Toxicology Research Institute, Leader Cellular and Molecular Toxicology Group, 1989-1995, Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Cellular and Mammalian Biology Section Manager, 1995-1996, Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Decision, Safety and Risk Management group, 1996-1999, Senior Scientists Washington State University, 1999-2002 Professor Washington State University, Science Advisor DOE Low Dose Research Program.
Society Memberships: Radiation Research Society, Environmental Mutagen Society, National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, Scientific Advisor for International Consortium for Research on the Health Effects of Radiation:
Current Interests: Dr. Brooks is the current science advisor for the Department of Energy's Low Dose Radiation Research Program that focuses on understanding the biological changes induced by low doses of ionizing radiation. This research will be important in developing a scientific basis for radiation protection standards. Dr. Brooks has conducted extensive research on radiation cytogenetics with emphasis on internally deposited radioactive material. His research also includes studies of long term health effects of radiation exposure from both external radiation sources and internally deposited radioactive materials. The study of biomarkers of exposure, dose, susceptibility, and disease continue to be a major research effort for Dr. Brooks.

 


COUNCILOR (CHEMISTRY)

PETER WARDMAN

Date of Birth: 1943.
Place of Birth: England.
Marital Status: Married.
Children: One son, one daughter.
Current Position: Head, CRC Free Radicals in Cancer Research Group, and Joint Executive, Gray Cancer Institute, Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, Middlesex, UK.
Educational Background: B.Sc., 1964, Chemistry, University of Leeds, UK; Ph.D, 1967, Radiation Chemistry, University of Leeds; D.Sc., 1990, University of Leeds.
Pre-doctoral Positions: 1964-1967, PhD student, Cookridge High Energy Radiation Research Centre, University of Leeds.
Post-doctoral Positions: 1967-1969, PDF, Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories, Ontario; 1969-1971, PDF, University of Manchester, UK.
Special Fellowships, Honors, etc.: H.M. Dawson Prize for Physical Chemistry, University of Leeds, 1964; SRC PhD Studentship, 1964-1967; NRC Canada Post-doctorate Fellowship, 1967-1969; Imperial Chemical Industries Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1969-1971; Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, 1979; Weiss Medal of the Association for Radiation Research, 1987. Professor Associate, Brunel University, 1986-2000. Visiting Professor, King’s College London, 2000-, and University College London, 2000-.
Work Experience: 1971-1973, Principal Environmental Scientist, British Aerospace Corp., Bristol, UK. Since 1973, Gray Laboratory/Gray Cancer Institute: Group Head, 1977-; Assistant Director, 1991-94; Joint Executive, 1994.
Society Memberships: American Chemical Society, American Society for Photobiology, Association for Radiation Research, Biochemical Society, British Association for Cancer Research, Society for Free Radical Research (Europe), Miller Trust for Radiation Chemistry, Nitric Oxide Society, Oxygen Society, Radiation Research Society, Royal Society of Chemistry.
Current Interests: Research interests focus on the application of radiation chemistry and free-radical kinetics to problems of biological interest, especially in radiobiology, free-radical biology and medicinal chemistry. Early broad experience in radiation chemistry (ranging from measuring gas yields and ESR spectra to studying the dynamics of electron solvation) provided a good base for applying these techniques to wider areas. Interest in chemical modifiers of radiobiological effects are now being linked with studies of oxidative and nitrosative stress to help achieve a better understanding of radiation-induced stress responses. Specific interests include the temporal and spatial development of free-radical damage and the rational use of fluorescent probes for oxidative/nitrosative stress.

 


COUNCILOR (MEDICINE)

RALPH WEICHSELBAUM

Date of Birth: 12/12/1945.
Place of Birth: Chicago.
Marital Status: Married.
Children: Three sons.
Current Position: Professor and Chairman, Dept of Radiation Oncology, University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, IL.
Educational Background: B.S., 1967, University of Wisconsin. M.D., 1971, University of Illinois.
Post-Doctoral Positions: 1971-1972-Medical Intern, Highland-Alameda County Hospital, Oakland CA. 1972-1975-Resident in Radiation Therapy, Harvard School of Public Health Laboratory of Radiobiology, Boston, MA 02115.
Special Fellowships, Honors, etc: Daniel K. Ludwig Professorship, University of Chicago.
Society Memberships: Radiation Research Society, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences.
Current Interests: (1) Gene therapy (2) Angiogenesis (3) Gene regulation.


COUNCILOR (PHYSICS)

CANDIDATE: HOOSHANG NIKJOO

Date of Birth: 1949.
Place of Birth: Tehran.
Marital Status: Married,
Children: Two sons.
Current Position: Scientist, Leader Theoretical Team, MRC, Radiation & Genome Stability Unit, Harwell, Oxfordshire, UK.
Education Background: B.Sc. (Hon) 1978, Physics, South Bank University, London, UK, Ph.D, 1984, London, UK. Post-Doc: 1984-1985, South Bank University, London. 1985-1991 MRC Radiobiology Unit, Harwell, 1991-present Senior Scientist, MRC Radiation & Genome Stability Unit, Harwell. Special appointments: Visiting Professor, 1997-1998, Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine, University of Hiroshima; Visiting Scientist, 2000, NASA, Johnson Space Center, Houston.
Society Memberships: Radiation Research Society USA; Association of Radiation Research, UK; International Radiation Physics Society.
Current Interests: My theoretical research interest spans many facets of radiation biophysics ranging from track structure simulation, microdosimetry, modelling of DNA damage, modelling of cellular effects of radiation and radioprobing of DNA structures.


COUNCILOR (AT-LARGE)

FIONA STEWART

Date of Birth: 1952.
Place of Birth: Britain.
Marital Status: single.
Children: None.
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Experimental Therapy, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Educational Background: B.Sc., 1973, Biology, London University, UK; Ph.D., 1978 Radiation Biology, University of London, UK.
Pre-doctoral Positions: 1973-1974, Graduate student, Medical Research Council, Hammersmith Hospital, London, U.K. 1974-1978, Graduate student, Gray Laboratory, Mt. Vernon Hospital, Northwood, U.K.
Post-doctoral Positions: 1978-1984, Gray Laboratory, Mt. Vernon Hospital, Northwood, U.K. 1984-1988, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Work Experience: 1988-1996, Assistant Professor, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; 1997-2001, Associate Professor, The Netherlands Cancer Institute Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Society Memberships, etc.: Board member of The Netherlands Radiobiology Society, The Netherlands Medical Laser Society and Secretary Treasurer of The International Association Radiation Research. Elected member of The International Council Radiation Protection. Member of Radiation Research Society (USA), Association for Radiation Research (UK) and ESTRO (European Society for Therapeutic Radiation Oncology). Associate Editor for Radiation Research and International Journal for Radiation Oncology Biology and Physics.
Current Interests: During the last 8 years I have been a regular teacher for courses on "Basic Clinical Radiobiology", organized by ESTRO and by both Dutch and Scandinavian Radiation Oncology societies. My research interests have focused on three areas. 1) The role of radiation induced endothelial cell and vascular damage in the development of late normal tissue injury. In particular, we have studied thrombotic and inflammatory cascades in the irradiated kidney. This research is aimed at identifying molecular mechanisms involved in the development of radiation nephropathy, in order to design intervention strategies. 2) Photodynamic Therapy. In this work my research group cooperates closely with clinicians in our institute, with the goal of optimizing PDT for head and neck cancer patients or patients with multiple skin cancers. We are currently investigating the extent to which vascular mediated events determine tumor and tissue response to PDT. 3) Inhibition of tumor cell seeding in surgical wound sites. Here again we collaborate closely with our clinical colleagues to identify growth factors and adhesion molecules released at peritoneal wound sites, with the aim of inhibiting this process immediately after surgical debulking of colorectal and ovarian cancer.

 

For a complete listing of officers, councillors, and committee rosters serving until the Reno meeting, see the December 2001 issue of rrsNews.

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