Co-Sponsored by the Government of Ukraine


with the support of UNDP, WHO, NGLS, Stakeholder Forum

Conference Room 4, APRIL 23 & 24, 2008


10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT


Conference Program


April 24, 2008, 10:00 to 11:30 AM 

Chornobyl Nuclear Accident: the Past and the Present


Opening Remarks:

Dr. Christine K. Durbak, Chair

Daniel Igor Branovan, MD


Welcoming Remarks:

Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ukraine

Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Belarus

Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation

Consul General of Ukraine

Consul General of Belarus

Consul General of Russian Federation


10:30 to 11:45

Prof. Vladimir Maltsev

Prof. Mykola Tronko, Trends in thyroid cancer among Chornobyl survivors in Ukraine

Dr. Daniel Igor Branovan, Medical consequences of the Chornobyl nuclear accident: From Kiev and Minsk to Brooklyn and Boston


11:45 to 1:00 PM 

Treatment of the Thyroid Cancer after Chornobyl

Prof. Gregory Rodoman, Advances in thyroid cancer treatment in Russian Federation.

Prof. Rocco Bellantone, Advances in minimally-invasive thyroid surgery.

Prof. Gregory Randolph, Advances in prevention of recurrent laryngeal nerve injury during thyroid cancer surgery.

Michael Pitman, MD, Hoarseness after thyroid surgery: patients? expectations and treatment.


Panel Discussion Facilitators: Dr. Branovan, Dr. Shiglik


LUNCHEON (by Invitation only)


1:00 to 3:00 PM

Project Chornobyl, Launching the effort to treat the community at risk


Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein

Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny

NY State Senator Martin Golden

Assemblyman Cymbrowitz

Project Chornobyl Awards

Presentation, World Congress of Russian-speaking Jewry


Afternoon Session:


Part I: 3:00 to 4:15 PM

Psychological Consequences of the Chornobyl Nuclear Accident


Prof. Elena Malysheva Psychological consequences of Chornobyl in Russia.


RoseMarie Perez-Foster Ph.D. Psychological consequences of Chornobyl among USA immigrants.

Larissa Remennick, Ph.D. Psycho-social implications of past radiation exposure: Immigrants from Chornobyl-affected area in Israel.


Panel Discussion Facilitator: J. Geliebter


Part II: 4:30 to 5:30 PM

Socio-economic costs of Diagnosis and Treatment of Thyroid Cancer

Michael Tuttle, MD Socio-economic costs of thyroid diagnosis and treatment

Stephen Raab, MD The economic and social costs of false positive testing: fine needle aspirationВ in diagnosis of thyroid cancer.

Guo-Pei Yu, MD, PhD

Daniel Igor Branovan, MD Cost-effectiveness of subsidy for new thyroid cancer diagnostic modalities.


Panel Discussion Facilitator: Dr. Schantz


Part III: 5:45 to 6:00 PM


Closing Remarks:

H.E. Yuriy Sergeyev, Permantn Representative of Ukraine

Dr. Daniel Igor Branovan, Chair, NYEE Chornobyl Project

Dr. Christine K. Durbak, Chair, World Information Transfer

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