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New handbook guides
medical decisions in a
radiological emergency

Dept. of Homeland Security
medical experts visit AFRRI

Ceremony welcomes
new AFRRI director

Unprecedented growth marks
AFRRI director's tenure

NRC Commissioner
tours AFRRI

Special assignment:
The Vancouver Olympics

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to be installed at defense lab

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award from American
Nuclear Society

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tour AFRRI

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historic landmark status

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reactor experts convene
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future of radiation science

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scientific director was
pioneer in radiation research

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radiation-effects findings
with military medical community

AFRRI scientific director
elected to NCRP

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on diagnostics for
partial-body irradiation

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treatment decisions during
radiation exposure incidents

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radiation exposure assessment
to convene at AFRRI

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of director at AFRRI

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human clinical studies

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will develop radiation

Training for the unthinkable

AFRRI employees participate
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with highest honor

DoD commends AFRRI
for response to terrorism

Ceremony welcomes
new AFRRI director

Revised handbook expands
casualty management

Peer review validates
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by liquid chromatography

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on handy card-size disc

AFRRI launches software
for radiation casualty

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dose and disease

Individual exposure
takes heat in
radiation study

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Ceremony welcomes new AFRRI director


Change of command ceremony, April 2010

Photo: HM1 Michael Oliver (USU)

COL Mark A. Melanson, Medical Service Corps, U.S. Army, returns the AFRRI flag to Keeper of the Colors MSG Larry J. Frady in an April 16, 2010, ceremony in which Melanson assumed the duties of director from COL Patricia K. Lillis-Hearne (right), Medical Corps, U.S. Army. At left is Charles L. Rice, MD, performing the duties of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs.

BETHESDA, Md., April 22, 2010—Colonel Mark A. Melanson, Medical Service Corps, U.S. Army, became the 16th director of the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFFRI), Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), in a ceremony on April 16, 2010. He succeeds Colonel Patricia K. Lillis-Hearne, Medical Corps, U.S. Army, who had served as director since July 20, 2006.  

Melanson, the fourth physicist to become AFRRI director, previously was chief of Health Physics at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and leader of the elite United States Army Radiological Advisory Medical Team. He will continue to serve as the radiological hygiene consultant to the Army Surgeon General and the career field manager for the Army’s Nuclear Medical Science Officers (uniformed Army health physicists).

Having earned his master's and doctoral degrees in radiation health science from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Melanson is recognized internationally as an expert in the area of radiation sciences and has served as a consultant to both the World Health Organization and the International Atomic Energy Agency. He also served as the U.S. member of the team of United Nations' scientific experts sent on three missions to the Balkans to assess the risks from NATO's use of depleted uranium munitions.

Melanson's significant awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the National Defense Service Medal with Star Device, the Kosovo Medal with Star Device, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the United Nations Yugoslavia Medal, and the NATO Kosovo Medal. He also holds the Army Surgeon General's "Alpha" Proficiency Designator and is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit.

AFRRI, marking its 50th anniversary during 2010, uses its unique resources to research the biological effects of ionizing radiation and to provide medical training and emergency response. It is part of the USU under the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs.