Welcome Address 
by the Workshop Chairperson

Dear Colleagues,

It is a pleasure to welcome you to our NATO workshop dedicated to recently developed “Software Tools for Triage of the Acute Radiation Syndrome” (StTARS). This unique workshop is hosted by the French Military “Institut de recherche biomédicale des armées” (IRBA) located in Brétigny-sur-Orge.

During this workshop we will be introducing software tools developed by scientific groups under a NATO umbrella (the Human Factors and Medicine Research Task Group 291 “Ionizing Radiation Bioeffects and Countermeasures”). These tools allow rapid, high throughput assessment of personnel who may have been exposed to ionizing radiation. The tools either provide an integrated dose estimation (BAT, WinFRAT) using different inputs (physical-, biological- and clinical dosimetry) or they predict the severity of ARS that may occur based on changes in blood cell counts (H-module). A special feature of this workshop is that you will be introduced to these tools by those who developed them. This will allow you to gain a deeper knowledge about the strengths and weaknesses of each tool.

You will also gain a deeper insight into currently developing diagnostic and therapeutic strategies by hearing from scientists actively working in these fields (such as the use of mesenchymal stem cells to countermeasure radiation-induced dermatological wounds). 

Finally, we will use a database of Acute Radiation Syndrome case histories which includes many real case histories from, for example, the Chernobyl accident. By providing clinical signs and symptoms of 200 cases together with the software tools you will develop your diagnostic and management skills by predicting clinically relevant degrees of the ARS and deciding which patients would need hospitalization.

At the beginning of the course you will receive the software tools and the case-database for download on your PC. Afterwards, these data can be used for teaching purposes within your own nations.

We invite you to attend this scientific, but also practically oriented event, which offers plenty of opportunities for training, extensive discussion, the establishment of new contacts, and the strengthening of existing relationships.

We are certain that you will enjoy Paris, the capital city of France, which is in close proximity to IRBA in Brétigny-sur-Orge.

Sincerely,

Colonel Prof Dr. med. MSc Michael Abend
Chair, NATO workshop 2019
Bundeswehr Institute of Radiobiology
affiliated to the University of Ulm