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REAC/TS redesignated as Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Radiation Emergency Assistance for another term

As a DOE deployable asset, REAC/TS provides 24/7 emergency medical response for radiation incidents anywhere in the world

Jan. 11, 2016

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) redesignated the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS) at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education as a Collaborating Center for Radiation Emergency Assistance for four more years.

REAC/TS was first designated as a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center in 1980.

PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centers are institutions, such as research institutes, universities or academies that perform activities in support of WHO programs. Currently, more than 700 WHO Collaborating Centers exist in more than 80 countries, working with WHO on areas, such as nursing, occupational health, communicable diseases, nutrition, mental health, chronic diseases and health technologies.

A deployable asset of the U.S. Department of Energy, REAC/TS provides 24/7 emergency medical response for incidents involving radiation anywhere in the world. REAC/TS also provides direct support for the National Nuclear Security Administration's Office of Emergency Operations and the Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assessment Center.

Adding to its depth of radiation response and consultation capabilities, REAC/TS is uniquely qualified to teach medical personnel, health physicists, first responders, emergency planners, public health professionals and occupational health professionals about radiation emergency medicine. REAC/TS also operates a cytogenetic biodosimetry laboratory, one of only two in the U.S. where chromosome aberration analysis is used for ionizing radiation dose assessment.

REAC/TS is an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education facility managed by ORAU for the U.S. Department of Energy with the mission to strengthen the medical response to radiological and nuclear incidents and provide continuing medical education and training. REAC/TS also conducts ongoing research into the biological effects of radiation and provides continuing medical education for healthcare providers.

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