20 Dec 2013 Taipower and the Taiwan Press visited FMU

Mr. Chung-Cheng Lee and 3 others from Taiwan Power Company and one from United Daily News of Taiwan visited FMU to hear about our health situation after the radiation disaster.

Dr. Kumagai explained our initial response to the nuclear disaster at FMU. Dr. Ohtsuru outlined the Fukushima Health Management Survey, the External Radiation Doses to the Residents in Fukushima, and the Thyroid Screening Examination. And Dr. Yabe explained Mental Health Survey. A Q&A session was done after the presentations from FMU.

Mr. Lee told that he would like to visit Fukushima again in next March with many delegate from Taiwan.


17 Dec 2013 IRSN and French Press visited FMU

The IRSN is the biggest institute in the world in the field of nuclear science and radiation. It is in France and has around 1700 staff. On 17 Dec. 2013, Dr. Jacques Repussard, Director General of IRSN and 3 other IRSN staff, 15 members of the French press, and 2 from the French Embassy visited FMU to hear about human health after the radiation disaster in Fukushima. The press included Le Monde, AFP, Le Figaro, and other national and regional entities.

Dr. Yasumura outlined the Fukushima Health Management Survey Program. Dr. Ishikawa explained External Radiation Doses to the Residents in Fukushima. Dr. Suzuki explained our Thyroid Screening Examination. Dr. Kunii explained the Mental Health in Fukushima Health Management Survey. And Dr. Ohira explained the Changes in Metabolic Profiles among Evacuees. After the presentations from FMU, a Q&A session was done.

Next day they exchanged information and opinions with Fukushima press people.


13 Nov 2013 Corrections and clarifications

The results of secondary examination (Proceedings of the Prefectural Oversight Committee Meeting for Fukushima Health Management Survey) were amended because of errors. We would like to take this opportunity to apologize for the problems and any confusion it may have caused. We will improve work operations to prevent problems due to human error.

Because of the errors found in the results of aspiration biopsy cytology (Proceedings of the 11th Prefectural Oversight Committee Meeting for Fukushima Health Management Survey), we started checking if there were any other incorrect data items in the previous surveys. After reviewing the electronic medical record from all the results of the secondary examination from the 8th through 12th Proceedings of the Prefectural Oversight Committee Meeting for Fukushima Health Management Survey, we found that the results contain errors that should be identified and corrected. These are purely data management issues that have no impact on patient care and follow-up.

Corrections to the results have been organized into the following categories.
1) Incorrect data entry. For example, we folded data from 1 August into the total that included data as of 31 July. Other errors have occurred because of data duplication.
2) Incomplete data sheet. The detailed results of secondary examination and the reasons for shifting to general medical examination were unclear.
3) Incorrect classification. We mistakenly classified some of the participants with ‘A2’ result as ‘Advised to be monitored’ when they needed further examination because of other health problems.

Note that Errata in the Proceedings of the 12th Prefectural Oversight Committee Meeting for Fukushima Health Management Survey in English is available.

Solutions to mistake proofing
1) Revise the data sheet to avoid any misunderstanding between doctors and the clerical staff who record secondary examination data by adding a description box to write down details of the results.
2) Separate the staff responsible for organizing data from members responsible for secondary examination to form a special team in charge of data processing.
3) Work with an external institution to cross-check the data. Signing a non-disclosure agreement, the institution would tally, check and periodically cross-check the data tallied by the special team organizing data inside the university.


20-22 Oct 2013 World Health Summit (WHS) convened in Berlin with FMU participation

The M8 Alliance World Health Summit (www.worldhealthsummit.org) convened in Berlin 20-22 October 2013. A workshop entitled “Community Engagement and Responsibilities of Medical Universities” was chaired by Monash University Deputy Dean Ben CANNY and FMU Vice President Shunichi FUKUHARA. Dr. Kenneth E. NOLLET presented “Town and Gown, Professor and Prefecture: Fukushima Medical University’s Response to the 3.11 Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Crisis” to an international audience.

Town and Gown, Professor and Prefecture: Fukushima Medical University’s Response to the 3.11 Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Crisis

Kenneth E. NOLLET, MD, PhD

In the M8 Alliance meeting that preceded the World Health Summit, it was agreed that the 2015 WHS Regional Meeting would convene at Kyoto University, Japan’s principle M8 Alliance member. M8 members expressed considerable interest in visiting Fukushima after the Kyoto meeting.

17 Oct 2013 The First IARC-FMU Joint Workshop successfully concluded

On 17 October, FMU hosted jointly a workshop with the International Agency for Research on Cancer as well as Danish Cancer Society, IARC’s collaborating institute to seek possibilities of future collaborative studies in radiation epidemiology at Fukushima Medical University. The delegates, led by Dr Joachim Schüz, included Drs Ausra Kesminiene, Isabelle Thierry-Chef, Isabelle Deltour, Sara Schonfeld, and Pernille Envold Bidstrup. Joined by FMU Vice-Presidents Masafumi Abe, MD PhD and Shunichi Yamashita, MD PhD and the Dean Hitoshi Ohto, MD PhD, the workshop brought together around 30 scientists and stakeholders from IARC and FMU. Each presentation by IARC and FMU faculty members was followed by a lively discussion regarding mental health, dosimetry and radiation and health.

FMU and IARC intend to conduct more workshops and events that will encourage further collaborative studies.