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Biography of Dr. 
S. M. Javad Mortazavi

Assistant Professor

Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences

Rafsanjan, Iran

Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences

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  Javad Mortazavi is employed in the Medical Physics Department at the Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences (RUMS) where he has been teaching as an assistant professor since 1995. He is also affilated with the National Radiation Protection Department (NRPD) of the Iranian Nuclear Regulatory Authority. He earned his B.Sc. degree from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences , and M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees from Tarbiat Modares University. Since 1996 he has been studying the health effects of low doses of ionizing radiation and phenomena such as radiation hormesis and radioadaptive response. This work has led to numerous lectures around the world. In 1998, Dr. Mortazavi moved to Kyoto University of Education  to continue his research on the induction of radioadaptive response. Dr. Mortazavi achieved a young scientist award at the Eleventh International Congress of Radiation Research in Dublin (1999) for his studies on extraordinary synergistic effect. Along with his colleagues, Dr. Mortazavi organized the International Conference on Radiation and its Role in Diagnosis and Treatment (FICR-2000) held in Tehran in October of 2000. He has authored a couple of papers in the area of natural radiation, radiation hormesis, radioadaptive response and the possible role of radioadaptive response in radiation protection. He is a member of the scientific board of Iranian Medical Physics Association. Before starting his post-doctoral fellowship, Dr. Mortazavi was on leave to the National Radiation Protection Department (NRPD), Iranian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (INRA), where he served as the secretary of the National Committee on High Background Radiation Areas (NCHBRA) and the director of a research on the induction of radioadaptive response in the inhabitants of high background radiation areas (HBRAs) of Ramsar . His studies on the inhabitants of HBRAs of Ramsar, led to finding the first evidence that exposure to elevated levels of natural radioactivity has protective effects against further exposure to high levels of radiation (Health Physics, 82(1), 87-93, 2002) . Finally, in 2001, he was awarded a Post-doctoral Fellowship by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and is currently working on non-responsiveness and induction of synergistic effect, the two different phenomena that affect possible implications of radioadaptive response in radiation protection. 

Education

B.Sc: Radiology, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences , Shiraz, Iran, 1994. 

M.Sc: Medical physics, Tarbiat Modares University , Tehran, Iran, 1995.

Ph.D: Medical Physics, Tarbiat Modares University , Tehran, Iran, December 1999. 

Main Awards and Fellowships

  • Post-doctoral Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Japan, 2001.
  • Visiting Researcher, National Radiation Protection Department (NRPD), Iranian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (INRA), 1999.
  • Non-tenured Scientist Award, 11th International Congress of Radiation Research, Dublin, Ireland, 1999.
  • Research Fellowship, Biology Division, Kyoto University of Education, Kyoto, Japan, 1998.
  • Honor Student Award, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran, 1987. 

Selected Publications on Low Dose Radiation

1. Mortazavi SMJ, Cameron JR, and Niroomand-rad A.Adaptive response studies may help choose astronauts for long-term space travel, Advances in Space Research, 31 (6): 1543-1552, 2003.

2. Mortazavi SMJ, Ikushima T, and Mozdarani H. Variability of chromosomal radioadaptive response in human lymphocytes. Iran. J. Radat. Res., 1(1): 55 - 61, 2003;  Click here to access the full text

3. Mortazavi SMJ, Cameron JR, and Niroomand-rad A. Is the Adaptive Response an Efficient Protection Against the Detrimental Effects of Space Radiation. Proceedings of the 28th International Cosmic Ray Conference,Universal Academy Press, pp 4299-4302, 2003;  Click here to access the full text

4. Mortazavi SMJ, Ghiassi-nejad M, Niroomand-rad A, Karam PA, Cameron, JR. How should governments address high levels of natural radiation and radon? Lessons from the Chernobyl nuclear accident, Risk: Health, Safety and Environment, 13/1.2, 31-45, 2002. 

5. Ghiassi-nejad M, Mortazavi SMJ, Cameron JR, Niroomand-rad A, Karam PA. Very High Background Radiation Areas of Ramsar, Iran: Preliminary Biological Studies. Health Physics 82(1):87-93, 2002.

6. Mortazavi,S.M.J,Karam P.A. High Levels of Natural Radiation in Ramsar, Iran: Should Regulatory Authorities Protect the Inhabitants? Iranian Journal of Science (Germany), 2 (2): 1-9, 2002. 

7. Mortazavi, S. M. J., Ghiassi-nejad M., and Ikushima, T., Do the findings on the health effects of prolonged exposure to very high levels of natural radiation contradict current ultra-conservative radiation protection regulations, In: Radiation and Homeostasis. Sugahara T, Nikaido O, and Niwa O. Eds, pp. 19-21, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2002.

8. Mortazavi, S. M. J., Risk Assessment: Extraordinary Levels of Natural Radioactivity in the Environment and the Problems Associated with Induced Radioresistance, In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Radioactivity in the Environment. Borretzen P, Jolle T, and Strand P. Eds, pp. 110-113, 2002.

9. Karam, P. A., Mortazavi, S. M. J., Ghiassi-nejad, M., Ikushima, T., Cameron J.R. and Niroomand-rad A., ICRP evolutionary recommendations and the reluctance of the members of the public to carry out remedial work against radon in some high-level natural radiation areas, In: Radiation and Homeostasis. Sugahara T, Nikaido O, and Niwa O. Eds, pp. 35-37, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2002.

10. Mortazavi, S. M. J., Ikushima, T., and Mozdarani, H., Synergistic Effect Versus Radioadaptive Response; Possible Implications of Such a Response in the Estimation of the Risks of Low-level radiation Can Be More Problematical, Proceedings of the 10th International Congress of the International Radiation Protection Association, Hiroshima, Japan, 2000. Click here to see the review .

11. Mortazavi,S.M.J,Ghiassi Nejad,M.,and Beitollahi, M.Very High Background Radiation Areas (VHBRAs) of Ramsar: Do We Need any Regulations to Protect the Inhabitants? Proceedings of the 34th midyear meeting, Radiation Safety and ALARA Considerations for the 21st Century, California, USA, 177-182, 2001. 

12. Mortazavi, S. M. J., Ikuhima, T., Mozdarani, H., Sharafi, A. A. and Y. Ishi. Is low-level pre-irradiation of human lymphocytes an absolutely beneficial phenomenon. A report on the extra-ordinary synergism. Kowsar Medical Journal, Vol 5, No 4, 235-240, 2000.

13. Ikushima, T., and Mortazavi, S. M. J. Radioadaptive response: its variability in cultured human lymphocytes, In: Biological Effects of Low Dose Radiation. Yamada T, Mothersil C, Michael BD, and Potten CS. Eds. pp. 81-86, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2000.

 14. Mortazavi, S. M. J., and Ikuhima, T., Open questions regarding implications of radioadaptive response in the estimation of the risks of low-level exposures. Human Factors and Nuclear Safety,Moscow, Russia, 64-68, 2000. 

15. Mortazavi, S.M. J.,and Mozdarani, H., The Dependence of the Magnitude of the Induced Adaptive Response on the Dose of Pre-irradiation of Cultured Human Lymphocytes Under the Optimum Irradiation Time Scheme, Proceedings of the 10th International Congress of the International Radiation Protection Association, Hiroshima, Japan, 2000.

16. Mortazavi, S.M. J. and Mozdarani, H., The First Study on the Induction of Adaptive Response, Its Magnitude and the Relative Frequency of Non-responders in Healthy Donors in Iran, Proceedings of the 4th Iranian Congress of Medical Physics, Tehran, Iran, 2000.

17. Mortazavi, S. M. J., Ikuhima, T., Mozdarani, H. and Sharafi, A.A., Radiation Hormesis and Adaptive Responses Induced by Low Doses of Ionizing Radiation, Journal of Kerman University of Medical Sciences, 6 (1): 50-60, 1999. Click here to access the full text
 


Invited Lectures

1. What Lessons Could be Learned from the Studies Performed on the Health Effects of Living in High Level Natural Radiation Areas , Karlsruhe Research Center, Karlsruhe, Germany, December 11, 2003.

2. Health Effects of High Levels of Natural Radiation in the Inhabitants of Ramsar, Iran: Preliminary Results and the Scope of Future Studies, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Chiba, Japan, March 6, 2002.

3. 88th Indian Science Congress, New Delhi, January 3-7, 2001.

4. International Conference on Radiation Biology, Trivandrum, India, February 17-19, 2000.  



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