16 Oct 2013 Special Seminar by Dr Joachim Schüz of IARC

With over 80 participants, a special lecture organized by Fukushima Medical Association in cooperation with Radiation Medical Science Center for the Fukushima Health Management Survey was concluded with a great success. Dr. Schüz, Head of Section of Environment and Radiation at the International Agency for Research on Cancer, presented a lecture on the principles and immediate effects of cancer screening at the Fukushima Medical Association Headquarters.

Fukushima Medical University (FMU) made agreements on academic cooperation with Belarusian State Medical University (BSMU) and Gomel State Medical University (GSMU)

The purpose of these agreements is to develop academic and educational cooperation and to promote mutual understanding. Under the agreement between FMU and BSMU, FMU will send one or two student(s) per year to BSMU, and BSMU will provide FMU student(s) with education and training on clinical epidemiology research and clinical medicine. Additionally, FMU will invite BSMU faculty (one or two per year) as speaker(s) for lectures given at our university.

FMU made a similar agreement with Gomel State Medical University in Belarus as well.

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23 Aug 2013 Corrections and clarifications

The results of aspiration biopsy cytology (Proceedings of the 11th Prefectural Oversight Committee Meeting for Fukushima Health Management Survey) were amended because of an editing error. Apologies.


◾In 2011/2012 the mean age said 17.3±2.0 (13-19, 11-17 at the time of the disaster); 17.2±1.9 (13-19, 11-18 at the time of the disaster), that should have said.
◾In 2012/2013 the mean age said 16.1±2.6; 16.1±2.8, that should have said.
◾Number of malignant or suspicious for malignancy by age and sex

Wrong graph

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12 Aug 2013 A delegation from USC and Green Cross visited FMU

FMU welcomed two delegates from University of Southern California (USC) and two from the International Green Cross on 12 August 2013. USC Professor Jonathan Samet, MD, MS, and his research associate Sonny Patel, MPH, have been cooperating with Green Cross representatives Nathalie Gysi and Maria Vitagliano, MIC, MA, to study long-term mental health and well-being following the Chernobyl nuclear accident of 1986.

On their visit, the delegation toured FMU’s Hikarigaoka campus with Dr. Arifumi Hasegawa and learned about our disaster response efforts since 11 March 2011.

Prof. Samet, the director of USC Institute for Global Health, made a presentation on the research he has conducted. Ms. Vitagliano, International Program Director for Social and Medical Care, then explained the work of Green Cross in Chernobyl.

After the presentations, the group exchanged information with FMU faculty and staff.

15-17 Jul 2013 Asia-Pacific Science, Technology and Society Network in Singapore

The Asia-Pacific Science, Technology and Society Network (http://apstsn.org) convened in Singapore 15-17 July 2013. Three scholars from Fukushima Medical University joined it and made presentations.

Since November 2012, several expert meetings have been conducted at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria that involve Japanese and international physicians and Science and Technology Studies (STS) experts, including various social scientists from the fields of sociology, history, anthropology, and psychology. These expert meetings are components of two projects that are initiated and coordinated by Dr Rethy Chhem and Dr Gregory Clancey.

In these two projects, the IAEA, in collaboration with FMU, Hiroshima University and Nagasaki University, aims to enhance radiation medicine education and to strengthen research cooperation in radiation disaster medicine related to the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Several outcomes of the projects are enhancements of education programmes in radiation disaster management with the incorporation of STS for health professionals and emphasis on communication in an atmosphere of uncertainty and mistrust. A further outcome includes the contribution to the APSTSN special panel on Monday 15 July on “Medical and Academic Responses to the Fukushima Nuclear Accident” with plenary speakers from Hiroshima University (Kenji Kamiya, Mariko Komatsu) and Fukushima Medical University (Arifumi Hasegawa, Atsushi Kumagai, Kenneth Nollet).

The IAEA has funded several staff members from FMU to participate in this plenary session, Dr. Arifumi Hasegawa, Dr. Atsushi Kumagai and Dr. Kenneth Nollet.

This plenary session at the conference stressed the importance of a multidisciplinary approach that is STS in helping to overcome the numerous difficulties in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. While STS may not provide ready-made answers to the various health challenges following a nuclear disaster, it does help us to understand them more clearly, and also provides a useful conceptual framework in which practical solutions may be developed and successfully applied in the future.

(Presentations)

1.Radiating Truth from Fukushima

Kenneth E. NOLLET, MD, PhD

2. Engaging Medical Students in Radiation Emergency Medicine

Arifumi HASEGAWA, MD, PhD