Health Physics Society 54th Annual Meeting

July 08, 2009

McLean, VA, July 8, 2009 - How does Hollywood impact radiation perception? Can we treat cancer with microscopic particles acting like a Trojan horse? How does the radiation exposure our astronauts receive during space travel compare to their routine diagnostic radiology exams?

These and other questions will be addressed at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society (HPS), which will take place July 13-16, 2009 in Minneapolis, MN, at the Hilton/Minneapolis Convention Center. Approximately 900 attendees are expected, with nearly 280 presentations throughout the four days. The opening plenary session will highlight invited speakers from Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, Washington State University and others discussing radiation doses from internally deposited radionuclides.

SPECIAL SESSIONS

Monday afternoon

1. Stakeholder engagement

2. NanotechnologyTuesday morning

1. Indoor radonTuesday morning and afternoon

1. Accelerators2. Power Reactors3. Homeland Security3. Academy of Health PhysicsWednesday morning

1. Medical health physics2. Federal government nuclear detonation preparednessWednesday morning and afternoon

3. Case studies in health physicsMORE HIGHLIGHTSReporters who would like to attend the meeting or who need assistance contacting the presenters should contact HPS Media Liaison Kelly Classic (media@hps.org or 507-254-8444).

The entire preliminary program can be found at http://hps.org/documents/54_annual_meeting_preliminary_program.pdf.
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ABOUT THE HEALTH PHYSICS SOCIETY

The Health Physics Society consists of approximately 5,500 radiation safety professionals whose activities include ensuring safe and beneficial uses of radiation and radioactive materials, assisting in the development of standards and regulations, and communicating radiation safety information.

The Society is a nonprofit organization formed in 1956. Its primary mission is excellence in the science and practice of radiation safety. The Society has members in approximately 70 countries, and has established nearly 50 chapters and 10 student branches. Visit www.hps.org for more information.

Health physicists promote the practice of radiation safety. They work in occupational environments such as universities, local hospitals, manufacturing, and nuclear power plants as well as in environmental areas such as radioactive waste sites. They are involved in understanding, evaluating, and controlling radiation's potential risks relative to its benefits in applications such as fighting disease, supplying energy, and increasing security.

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