The Science for Peace and Security

28 January 2020

The end of year 2019 was marked by success of employees of bio-dosimetry and epidemiological research team, Institute of Radiation Safety and Ecology, RSE NNC RK under the supervision of Laura Kenzhina, PhD (Medicine). The team won a grant “New biological and physical sorting methods under radiation and nuclear emergencies” in a framework of NATO Program “Science for peace and security”. The program promotes and implements practical cooperation, and contributes to extension of a dialogue between NATO member and partner countries through building scientific capacity related to science technology and innovation security.

The grant was presented last October in NATO headquarters in Brussels and was supported by many independent experts from Alliance member states, since it has met key priorities and one of NATO strategic objectives: protection from chemical, biological, radiation and nuclear agents.

Research activity is to be performed in partnership with three scientific research organizations from NATO member states – two institutes of Italy and institute of Croatia.

The grant provides funds for introduction and mastering new method of cytogenetic biological dosimetry for radiation-related emergency preparedness and response. In case when there are many victims, early and prompt response is crucial in order to prevent and mitigate consequences for human health. The measures are the part of safety requirements approved by International Atomic Energy Agency and World Health Organization.

According to the plan, next three years period includes: Kazakhstani specialists training in leading research centers of Europe, procurement of state-of-the-art equipment as well as consumables for research, participation in international scientific conferences.