March 31, 2016




Eric J. Grant Appointed Assistant Chief of Research at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Hiroshima, Japan

WASHINGTON -- The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have appointed Eric J. Grant to serve as assistant chief of research at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF) in Hiroshima, Japan.


RERF is a bi-national foundation supported by the governments of Japan and the United States, the latter represented by the U.S. Department of Energy, and is a global leader in the study of long-term effects of radiation exposure on human health and its interactions with genes, lifestyle, and environment. The Academies have a long-standing cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy to recruit and employ U.S. scientists at RERF.


Prior to taking this position, Grant was assistant department chief and senior scientist in the Department of Epidemiology at RERF. He is leading RERF’s current effort to update the Life Span Study and is co-principal investigator for a project on thyroid genomics being carried out in collaboration with the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Grant holds a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Washington, Seattle, and has worked at RERF for 15 years.


The Academies are private, nonprofit institutions that provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions related to science, technology, and medicine.  They operate under an 1863 congressional charter to the National Academy of Sciences, signed by President Lincoln.  For more information, visit http://national-academies.orgAdditional information about RERF and its research programs can be found on the RERF website at