September 1-2, 2015 | Johannesburg, South Africa | Nuclear Weapons

Minimizing the Threat of Radiological Terrorism in Developing Countries while Addressing Public Health and Cancer Treatment Needs

Invitation Only

This workshop, co-organized with the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) and with input from experts of the National Cancer Institute’s Radiation Research Program, and in collaboration with The University of the Witwatersrand, will examine the feasibility of a more widespread substitution of alternatives for high-risk radiological sources for cancer treatment. In particular, it will assess the possibility of substituting linear accelerator devices for Cobalt-60 teletherapy units for radiotherapy treatment in resource-constrained environments and explore ways to strengthen mechanisms for regional and international cooperation at the intersection of public health and radiological security.

The meeting will bring together stakeholders from the security, nuclear, public health, international development, and diplomatic communities in Africa and key donor countries. Attendees will participate in presentations and facilitated dialogue to seek creative solutions in order to address the security risk posed by these sources, while maintaining or improving public health outcomes.


Ben Loehrke

Program Officer
Nuclear Weapons