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John D. Boice, Jr.

John D. Boice, Jr. is the President of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), Bethesda, Maryland, and Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee.  He is an international authority on radiation effects and currently serves on the Main Commission of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), as a U.S. advisor to the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, and on the Congressionally- mandated Veterans Advisory Board on Dose Reconstruction. During 27 years of service in the U.S. Public Health Service, Dr. Boice developed and became the first chief of the Radiation Epidemiology Branch at the National Cancer Institute.  He has established programs of research in all major areas of radiation epidemiology, with major projects dealing with populations exposed to medical, occupational, military and environmental radiation.  These research efforts have aimed at clarifying cancer and other health risks associated with exposure to ionizing radiation, especially at low-dose levels.  Dr. Boice’s seminal discoveries and over 440 publications have been used to formulate public health measures to reduce population exposure to radiation and prevent radiation-associated diseases.  He delivered the Lauriston S. Taylor Lecture at the NCRP in 2009 and the Dade Moeller Lecture at the Health Physics Society in 2012.  He was a Featured Speaker at the 2011 Department of Energy Integrated Safety Management Champions Workshop.  In 2011, he was the Featured Speaker on Radiation Epidemiology at the NRC Seminar Series and also spoke at the NRC Chernobyl Symposium.  In 2008 Dr. Boice received the Harvard School of Public Health Alumni Award of Merit. He also received the E.O. Lawrence Award from the Department of Energy – an honor bestowed on Richard Feynman and Murray Gell-Mann among others – and the Gorgas Medal from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States. He received the Health Physics Society Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award in 2007.  In 1999 he received the outstanding alumnus award from the University of Texas at El Paso (formerly Texas Western College).  He is a member of ICRP Task Group 84 which recently reported on "Initial Lessons Learned from the Nuclear Power Plant Accident in Japan vis-à-vis the ICRP System of Radiological Protection".  He directs the large-scale epidemiologic study of One Million U.S. Radiation Workers and Veterans sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, Department of Energy, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NASA, Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs.

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