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Ceremony Jules Voncken Prize

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CEREMONY JULES VONCKEN PRIZE

5 March 2014

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CEREMONY JULES VONCKEN PRIZE


The JULES VONCKEN PRIZE is awarded every two years during the World Congress of the International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM).

The Jury of the Jules Voncken Prize, composed of international experts, had to make the choice of one article among the 88 published in 2012 and 2013. During the 40th World Congress on Military Medicine in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the jury decided to award Colonel Dr Christian CARTON from Belgium for the article: ‘Genotoxicity Surveillance Program in Workers Dismantling World War I Chemical Ammunition‘, published in Volume 84/4 of the International Review of the Armed Forces Medical Services.

Colonel CARTON described in his article the possible genotoxic effects in the dismantling of chemical weapons from World War I. These weapons contain the carcinogen arsenic. His research shows that the deminers, who may come into contact with the toxic substance, don’t have an increased risk of cancer.

During a ceremony at the Belgian Royal Museum of the Army and of Military History in Brussels, Colonel Dr Christian CARTON and co-author Mrs Raluca MATEUCA received the Jules Voncken Prize from Major General Prof. Marc MORILLON, Chairman of the Scientific Council of the ICMM. A delegation of Belgian Defense headed by the Belgian ICMM National Representative, Major General Dr Geert LAIRE; and a delegation of the ICMM, headed by Major General Roger VAN HOOF, the Secretary-General of the ICMM were present at the ceremony.