About the Authors

Valentina M. Drozd

Affiliations The International fund “Help for patients with radiation-induced thyroid cancer “Arnica”, Minsk, Belarus, Department of Endocrinology, Belarusian Medical Academy for Postgraduate Education, Minsk, Belarus

Vladimir A. Saenko

saenko@nagasaki-u.ac.jp

Affiliation Department of Radiation Molecular Epidemiology, Atomic Bomb Disease Institute, Nagasaki University, Sakamoto, Nagasaki, Japan

Alina V. Brenner

Affiliation Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Bethesda, Maryland, United States of America

Vladimir Drozdovitch

Affiliation Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Bethesda, Maryland, United States of America

Vasilii I. Pashkevich

Affiliation Laboratory of Hydrogeology and Hydroecology, Institute for Nature Management of the National Academy of Sciences, Minsk, Belarus

Anatoliy V. Kudelsky

Affiliation Laboratory of Hydrogeology and Hydroecology, Institute for Nature Management of the National Academy of Sciences, Minsk, Belarus

Yuri E. Demidchik

Affiliation Department of Oncology, Belarusian Medical Academy for Postgraduate Education, Minsk, Belarus

Igor Branovan

Affiliation Project Chernobyl, Brooklyn, New York, United States of America

Nikolay Shiglik

Affiliation Project Chernobyl, Brooklyn, New York, United States of America

Tatiana I. Rogounovitch

Affiliation Department of Global Health, Medicine and Welfare, Atomic Bomb Disease Institute, Nagasaki University, Sakamoto, Nagasaki, Japan

Shunichi Yamashita

Affiliations Department of Radiation Molecular Epidemiology, Atomic Bomb Disease Institute, Nagasaki University, Sakamoto, Nagasaki, Japan, Department of Radiation Medical Sciences, Atomic Bomb Disease Institute, Nagasaki University, Sakamoto, Nagasaki, Japan

Johannes Biko

Affiliations The International fund “Help for patients with radiation-induced thyroid cancer “Arnica”, Minsk, Belarus, Clinic and Polyclinic of Nuclear Medicine, University of Wuerzburg, Wuerzburg, Germany

Christoph Reiners

Affiliations The International fund “Help for patients with radiation-induced thyroid cancer “Arnica”, Minsk, Belarus, Clinic and Polyclinic of Nuclear Medicine, University of Wuerzburg, Wuerzburg, Germany

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: VMD VAS SY CR. Analyzed the data: VMD VAS AVB VD VIP AVK. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: VMD AVB VD VIP AVK YED IB NS TIR JB. Wrote the paper: VMD VAS AVB VD TIR SY CR. Provided expertise and editing: VMD VAS AVB VD VIP AVK YED IB NS TIR SY JB CR.