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Preparing for radiological terrorist attack is topic of Nov. 12 symposium

"Ionizing Radiation and its Biological and Human Health Effects" is the title of a symposium to be held from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). The event, offered in the auditorium, is a public service to all health professionals, emergency responders and public safety personnel in the San Antonio area.

Attendees will learn what ionizing radiation is, what its most important biological effects are, and how the human body reacts to it after exposure.

Speakers include John Hageman, radiation physicist at Southwest Research Institute; radiation biologist and symposium coordinator Martin L. Meltz, Ph.D., professor of radiation oncology at UTHSCSA; and Samuel G. Morale, M.D., clinical assistant professor of surgery at UTHSCSA and emergency medicine physician at University Hospital.

"With the ever-increasing possibility of a war with Iraq, on top of already existing concerns about homeland defense, we are initiating the effort to educate those who will have to protect and care for the community if a radiological terrorism event were to occur locally," Dr. Meltz said.

The cost is $10 per person or $30 for those who wish to earn two hours of continuing medical education (CME) credit. Advance registration is required to attend. Registration may be faxed to the Bexar County Medical Society at (210) 301-2150.

The event is sponsored by the Health Science Center's department of radiation oncology, the Regional Emergency Medical Preparedness Steering Committee, the Bexar County Medical Society and the Greater San Antonio Hospital Council

For more information, call the Health Science Center at (210) 567-5560.

Contact: Will Sansom or Aileen Salinas