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Dirty bomb threat discussion to be held in US

Radiation Shield Technologies : 23 February, 2009  (Technical Article)
Radiation Shield Technologies to speak at forthcoming summit in Washington concerning protection from the threat of radiation dispersal devices
Dirty bomb threat discussion to be held in US
Ronald DeMeo, MD, MBA, president and chief executive officer of Radiation Shield Technologies (RST), will join top homeland security and policy experts in a panel discussion titled "Federal and Local Resources Needed to Meet the Challenges Posed by Radiological Threats," which takes place during the 2009 Radiological Threat Summit. The discussion is scheduled for 11 am to 12 pm Wed, Feb 25, at the National Press Club's "Holeman Lounge," located at 529 14 St NW, Washington, DC, 20045.

The summit, sponsored by the Radiological Threat Awareness Coalition (R-TAC), brings together leaders, policymakers, regulators, first responders and other stakeholders to engage in a robust dialogue about how to prevent, prepare and respond to radiological threats facing the US. This year's event includes a keynote presentation to unveil a new scenario-driven preparedness primer for responders during and after a radiological incident.

Dr DeMeo, a leading pioneer in the field of personal-protection systems, was invited to discuss ways to support federal- and state-level efforts to better prepare the US. The panel, moderated by Jim Pinkerton, R-TAC's chairman, also includes: Dr Jeffrey Runge, former chief medical officer of the US Department of Homeland Security; Dr Carol Marcus, a member of FEMA's National Medical Response Team; Lawrence Korb, with the Centre for American Progress; and Alexander Heyl, with Heyltex Corporation.

"Traditionally, our Federal Government has primarily focused on studying and preparing for the possibility of nuclear attacks on the US and, for this reason, one of the main goals of this year's Radiological Threat Summit is to elevate awareness of the need to allocate more resources toward better preparing the US for the threat of dirty bombs, which are conventional explosives packed to disperse radioactive materials," said Dr DeMeo, the world-renowned surgeon and entrepreneur who invented the patented Demron, the world's first and only protective material for all types of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents. "As the only company that develops advanced personal-protection technologies that are scientifically proven to counter these types of incidents, Radiation Shield Technologies was asked to participate in the panel discussion. We are honoured to engage in this dialogue, and we consider it our mission to help raise awareness and identify solutions for the significant challenges posed by radiological threats."

Demron, which has many US and international patents, consists of an advanced radiopaque nanopolymeric compound fused between layers of fabric and manufactured into lightweight nuclear-radiation blocking garments including full-body suits, vests, blankets and medical X-ray vests and aprons. Demron's nanotechnology surpasses current NBC suits, which provide limited radioactive protection. Demron has proved to block gamma rays, X-rays and nuclear emissions in studies by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, part of the National Nuclear Security Administration within the US Department of Energy, and the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. According to the The Spine Journal, 6 (2006) 577-582, Demron is the most lightweight material available for X-ray shielding.
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