Key staff members involved in the project:
Sergey A Romanov, PhD, Director of Southern Urals Biophysics Institute (SUBI). BSc in Mathematics at Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI), Russia; PhD in Radiobiology at Moscow Institute of Biophysics. He joined SUBI in 1986 and was Head of Engineering Group at the Internal Dosimetry Laboratory until 1997, when he was appointed Director of SUBI. He was nominated as a Laureate of the Russian Government Award in Science in 2002. Dr Romanov is responsible for the overall research management at SUBI. His major research interest is development and implementation of mathematical models in biokinetics of internally deposited actinides in human body. He is Principal Investigator of SOUL and Chief Researcher of Project 2.5 on improved dosimetry and risk assessment of plutonium induced diseases in the framework of JCCRER Agreement. He is a member of the Russian delegation at the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), and a member of the Russian Research Group on Radiological Protection.
SUBI Clinical Department:
Tamara V. Azizova,MD, PhD, Deputy Director of SUBI and Head of Clinical Department. She joined SUBI in 1986, having gained an MD at Chelyabinsk State Medical Institute and a PhD in Radiobiology at Moscow Institute of Biophysics. In 2009 she was awarded the Medal of Honour by the President of the Russian Federation for substantial contribution in development of science and public health. Her major research focus is early and late health effects of radiation exposure for nuclear workers and their offspring. She is Responsible Investigator in two work packages on cytogenetic dosimetry (FISH) and the epidemiological study of non-cancer effects for the Mayak worker cohort, supported by the European Commission (EC)’s Euratom Nuclear Fission and Radiation Protection Programme, through the SOUL contract. She has wide experience as Principal Investigator of the project with Columbia University (New York, USA) aimed at development of the calibrated biodosimetry system for separate assessment of internal and external exposures in Russian nuclear workers and the project investigating chromosomal aberrations in individuals exposed in utero, as well as many other international projects with the UK, Germany and other countries. The SUBI Clinical Department under the directorate of Dr Azizova is one of the WHO liaison institutes. She is a member of the Expert Board under the Russian Ministry of Health responsible for establishing association between a disease and radiation exposure and of the Russian delegation at UNSCEAR. She has authored or co-authored many publications on clinical epidemiology and radiobiology in national and international peer-reviewed journals .
Margarita V Sumina, MD, PhD, Senior Scientist, Deputy Head of Clinical Department. She studied medicine (MD) at Yaroslavl Medical Institute and radiobiology (PhD) at Moscow Biophysics Institute. She joined SUBI in 1967. Her major research focus is on deterministic effects of occupational exposure and long-term health effects in nuclear workers. She is author and co-author in many publications on clinical epidemiology and radiobiology in national and international peer-reviewed journal. She is a member of the Expert Board under the Russian Ministry of Health responsible for establishing association between a disease and radiation exposure.
Elena V Vlasenko, MD, Junior Scientist. She studied medicine (MD) at Kursk State Medical Institute. She joined SUBI in 1983 as an occupation disease physician and has received advanced training in occupational diseases, cardiology and radioisotope diagnostics. Her major research focus is on deterministic effects of occupational exposure and long-term health effects in nuclear workers.
Maria B Druzhinina, Junior Scientist. She joined SUBI in 2000. Her major research focus is the early and late health effects of radiation exposure for nuclear workers and their offspring. At present she is involved in the epidemiological study of non-cancer effects for the Mayak worker cohort supported by the European Commission (EC)’s Euratom Nuclear Fission and Radiation Protection Programme, through the SOUL contract.
Natalia V Sotnik, Junior Scientist, has worked at SUBI since 1999. In April 2004, she joined the Cytogenetic Group of the Clinical Department. In February 2005 she received advanced training at the Research Institute of Medical Genetics (Tomsk, Russia) with specialization in Laboratory Cytogenetics, and received FISH training at HPA in 2005. She is a participant and responsible investigator of the national and international cytogenetic studies in the area of bioindication and biodosimetry.
Evgenia S. Grigoryeva, Programming Engineer. She is involved in several national and international projects to study health effects from radiation exposure in humans.
SUBI Radiation Safety Department:
Fyodor D Tretyakov, MD, PhD, Head of Radiation Safety Department, Chief of Radiation Hygiene Laboratory. He graduated from Gorky Medical Institute in 1958 and joined SUBI in 1960. His major research focus is the working environment and health of nuclear workers. Over the recent five years his studies have focused on demographic issues such as birth rate, mortality, life expectancy, reproduction, etc. in Ozyorsk. Based on the findings, he has published about 100 papers in national research journals. He has participated in projects funded by EC since 1998.
Mikhail E Sokolnikov, MD, PhD, ScD, Head of Epidemiological Laboratory since 2004. His postgraduate study in 1989-92 was at the Radiobiological Laboratory at SUBI. He joined the Epidemiological Laboratory in 1996. He gained an MD in 1989 at Sverdlovsk State Medical Institute, Russia; a PhD in Immunology and Pathophysiology in 1993 with thesis on lung cellular immunity after plutonium inhalation in rats, and ScD in 2005 with thesis on carcinogenic risk in organs of primary plutonium deposition after plutonium inhalation in workers. He is involved mostly in projects related to the late health effects of plutonium in Mayak workers.
Nina A Koshurnikova, MD, PhD, ScD, Principal Scientist of Epidemiological Laboratory. She gained an MD at Novosibirsk Medical Institute, Russia, and PhD in Morphology and ScD in Radiation Hygiene at Moscow Institute of Biophysics, Russia. Dr Koshurnikova is responsible for the overall research management of all epidemiological programs at SUBI related to risk assessment of cancer and noncancer effects due to occupational and technogenic radiation exposures. She supervises the Medical- Dosimetry Register of Mayak workers. Dr Koshurnikova is Principal Investigator of the major epidemiological project, Project 2.2 on Risk assessment of stochastic effects of the occupational exposure under the JCCRER Agreement, and other international projects with the EC, USA and Japan.
Irina S Kuznetsova, PhD, Scientist of Epidemiological Laboratory. She graduated from Branch of Moscow Physical Engineering Institute, with training in Epidemiology and Statistics at RERF, Japan, and Ohio State University, USA. Her PhD thesis on Assessment of leukomogenous risk for Ozyorsk population and Mayak workers was approved at the Moscow Institute of Biophysics. She is a responsible investigator of several national programmes on assessing radiation risks among Mayak workers.
Evgeny P Kondratenko, MD, Senior Scientist of Radiation Hygiene Laboratory. He graduated from Leningrad Institute of Public Health in 1963 and joined SUBI in 1964. His major research focus is occupational health science and morbidity among nuclear workers. He has participated in projects funded by EC since 1998. He is involved in analysis and summary of studies on assessment of morbidity and mortality of nuclear workers. He has published about 50 papers in peer-reviewed national research journals.
Elena V Labutina, MD, Junior Scientist of Epidemiological Laboratory. She graduated from Chelyabinsk State Medical Academy as a general practitioner with residency at the Radiation Diagnostics and Therapy Chair at Chelyabinsk Regional Oncologic Dispensary. She is a responsible investigator for several national and international programmes on assessment of radiation risks in the cohort of Mayak workers.
Marina S Prischepova, Lead Engineer of Radiation Hygiene Laboratory, Occupational Health Department. She graduated from Ufa Oil Institute as Engineer-Technologist and joined SUBI in 1970. Her major research focus is analysis of the working environment and assessment of radiation and chemical hazards at nuclear facilities. She has participated in projects funded by EC since 1998 and is responsible for maintenance of the Ozyorsk Cause-of-Death Register.
SUBI Dosimetry Department:
Viktor V Khokhryakov, PhD, Head of Dosimetry Department. His PhD thesis was approved at Moscow Institute of Biophysics, Russia. He became Head of the Internal Dosimetry Laboratory in 2001, and has been Head of Dosimetry Department since 2007. Dr Khokhryakov is responsible for the Dosimetry Register of Mayak workers and provides estimates of internal doses for individual nuclear workers to the regulatory authorities. His major research focus is investigation of physical-chemical properties of aerosols (dispersion, transportability) and dosimetry of incorporated nuclides. He has been Principal Investigator of JCCRER Project 2.4 on Development of the improved dosimetry system for Mayak workers since 2001. Since 2006 he is Principal Investigator of SOUL under FP6 (Euroatom) of WP 2.1 on Plutonium dosimetry for Mayak workers.
Valentin F Khokhryakov, PhD, ScD, Chief Scientist of Internal Dosimetry Laboratory. He gained a BS in Physics at Leningrad University, Russia; PhD in Engineering at Moscow Institute of Biophysics, and ScD in Radiobiology in 1986. He was Head of the Internal Dosimetry Laboratory until 2001. He was nominated as a Laureate of the USSR State Award in radiobiology in 1982. His major research area is metabolism and dosimetry of internally deposited radionuclides in nuclear workers and the general population, with focus on adaptation of current respiratory and systemic models to actual biophysical data on the Mayak workers. He was Principal Investigator of a large-scale dosimetry project, Project 2.4 on Development of the improved dosimetry system for Mayak workers, in the framework of US-Russian Agreement on Studies of Radiation Effects under the auspices of JCCRER. He was a responsible investigator of SOUL since 2006.
Klara G Suslova, PhD, Lead Scientist of Internal Dosimetry Laboratory. Her PhD thesis in Radiobiology was approved at Moscow Institute of Biophysics in 1988. She was nominated as a Laureate of the Russian Government Award in development of highly-sensitive techniques for analysis of radionuclides at facilities under the auspices of ROSATOM in 2002. Her major research focus is development and implementation of radiochemical techniques for analysis and radiation monitoring of alpha-emitting nuclides in human and environmental entities. Research area is investigation of radionuclides behaviour in human under influences of various biological, medical and dosimetry factors. She was a responsible investigator of DOE Projects 2.1 and 2.4 on internal dosimetry under the auspices of JCCRER in 1997-2009, and has participated in SOUL WP2.1 since 2006. She has over 50 publications in national and international journals.
Vadim V Vostrotin, Scientist. He graduated from Moscow Physical Engineering Institute in 1996 with specialization in Information and Measuring Technology. He joined the Internal Dosimetry Laboratory as Programming Engineer in 1996, followed by appointment as Chief of Dosimetry Register Maintenance Group. His major research focus is modelling of plutonium behavior in human. He has a wide experience in programming of tasks on calculation of internal doses from various radionuclides. He is responsible for the calculation of internal doses from incorporated plutonium in the cohort of Mayak workers under JCCRER Project 2.4. He is a co-author of most publications under Project 2.4 in the peer-reviewed journals such as Health Physics and Radiation Protection Dosimetry.