New biological and physical methods of sorting in radiological and nuclear emergencies

The completion of 2019 was marked by the success of staff members of the team of biodosimetric and epidemiological research in IRSE under the guidance of Candidate of Mathematical Sciences Laura Kenzhina, who won the Grant ‘New biological and physical methods of sorting in radiological and nuclear emergencies’ as part of the NATO’s program ‘Science for peace and safety’. This Program develops, implements practical cooperation and enhances a dialogue between NATO countries and partner countries through creation of scientific potential related to safety of scientific technologies and innovations.

The Grant was presented in October in NATO’s headquarters, Brussels and was supported by many peer reviewers from Alliance countries as corresponding to a key top-priority area and one of NATO strategic tasks: Protection from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents.

Scientific research will be undertaken in partnership with three scientific research institutions from NATO countries – two Italian and one Croatian institute.

As part of the Grant, it is planned to implement and improve a new technique of cytogenetic biological dosimetry for preparedness and response to emergencies related to radiation events. If there is a large number of victims, early and prompt response is crucial to prevent and mitigate consequences for human health. These measures are an integral part of Safety Requirements approved by the International Atomic Energy Agency and the World Health Organization.

According to measures planned as part of the Grant, Kazakhstani specialists will be trained in leading research centers of Europe, will participate in International scientific conferences, up-to-date equipment and consumables will be purchased for research for 3 years.