2014 Commission Meeting

Dr. Hans Menzel, Chairman of ICRU, opened the meeting with a welcome to all in in attendance and an acknowledgement of the fine arrangements for the meeting.

Members of the Commission in Attendance:

Hans Menzel, Chairman
Paul DeLuca, Vice Chairman
Dan Jones, Secretary
Søren Bentzen, Executive Director
David Burns
Peter Dawson
Elena Fantuzzi
Vincent Grégoire
Herwig Paretzke
Hideo Tatsuzaki
André Wambersie
Gordon Whitmore

ICRU Staff in Attendance:

Laura Atwell, Assistant Executive Secretary

Review of Draft Report and Seminars:

The draft report on Measurement and Reporting of Radon Exposures was considered by a Working Party. After implementing changes and corrections the report will be sent to Commissioners for final review and approval for publication will be solicited by mail ballot. 

Prior to consideration of the draft a seminar was given to summarize the work of the report committee: this was given by Dr. Werner Hofmann, University of Salzburg, Austria 

Seminars were given also on

Using Quantitative Nuclear Medicine to Guide Cancer Therapies by Dr. Richard Wahl, Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center, Baltimore, MD
Dosimetry for Advancement of Targeted Radionuclide Therapy by Dr. Roger Howell, Rutgers University 
Integral Dose by Dr. Paul M. DeLuca (Co-Author: Dr. Rock Mackie), University of Wisconsin-Madison 
Dose-Risk Relationships for Second Solid Malignancies after Radiation Therapy by Dr. Søren Bentzen, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore 

Other Business

An important part of the meeting was the election of Commissioners for the term 2014 to 2018. All eleven of the current Commissioners were re-elected. The Commission also elected four new members: María-Ester Brandan (Mexico), Roger Howell (USA), Thomas Mackie (USA), and Brian O’Sullivan (Canada). Hans Menzel and Paul DeLuca were re-elected Chairman and Vice Chairman, respectively. Dan Jones was re-elected Secretary and Søren Bentzen re-elected Executive Director. For two long-serving members of ICRU (André Wambersie and Gordon Whitmore) this was their last meeting. Professor André Wambersie was named Honorary Chairman after 45 years of dedicated service. Dr. Gordon Whitmore was named Member Emeritus after 29 years of dedicated service. The Commission approved the appointment of Dr. David A. Schauer as the next Executive Secretary of the ICRU following the resignation of Patricia Russell in April of this year. Other business included discussions of ICRU finances, obligations of sponsors, report committee status, publication policies and schedules, new initiatives, future operation of ICRU, the selection of the 17th Gray Medal recipient, and plans for the 2015 Annual Meeting. 

ICRU Reports

The following reports are still being compiled:

Measurement and Reporting of Radon Exposures
Prescribing, Recording, and Reporting Brachytherapy for Cancer of the Cervix
Key Data for Measurement Standards in the Dosimetry of Ionizing Radiation
Prescribing, Recording, and Reporting Ion-Beam Therapy
Prescribing, Recording, and Reporting Stereotactic Treatments with Small Photon Beams
Bioeffect Modelling and Equieffective Dose Concepts in Radiation Therapy
Operational Radiation Protection Quantities for External Radiation
Monitoring and Assessment of Radiation Releases to the Environment

Discussions on Potential Work for the Future

A number of topics were discussed as possible work for the future. These included: 

Radiation Protection Measurements
Quantifying Uncertainties in Radiotherapy
Organ Doses in Computed Tomography
Positron Emission Tomography Quantification
Secondary Malignancies after Radiotherapy
Monitoring Occupational Exposures Task-Based Image Quality Assessment 

Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Commission will be held from 9-14 May 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.