7 Nov 2014 Dr. Eeva Salminen visited FMU

Dr. Eeva Salminen visited FMU. She is a Research Professor of Health Risks and Radon Safety at Finland’s Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority. She added Fukushima to her travel itinerary around Japan at the request of a long-time friend and colleague. FMU invited her to speak about the Chernobyl nuclear accident and its impact on Finland.

Part of Finland experienced fallout of radioactivity just after the Chernobyl accident. The level of radioactivity in Finland was higher than that in Fukushima after our earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis. Finish authorities, like FMU, deal rationally with personal concerns by maintaining open lines of communication with the public. Even today, background radiation is continuously measured and displayed by monitoring posts around Finland, just as it is done in Fukushima.

Dr. Salmonen, as a young mother at the time of the Chernobyl accident, acknowledged her initial anxiety about children’s safety. However, she does not anticipate any increase in thyroid cancers in Fukushima as a result of the Fukushima Daiichi accident.


To view the slides of Dr. Salminen, click here.

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27-28 Oct 2014 KIRAMS visited FMU

On 27-28 Oct. 2014, delegates from the Korea Institute of Radiological & Medical Science visited FMU and a joint seminar was held. KIRAMS made presentation on Radiation Emergency Medical Preparedness in Korea, Improvement of Radiation Emergency Medical Response System of Korea, Dosimetry in Korea, and Biological Research Activities of Radiation Exposure in KIRAM’S National Radiation Emergency Medical Center.

Thereafter, FMU explained Economic & Financial Aspects of the Nuclear Accident, Education in Radiation Medicine, D-shuttle Project and ICRP, Emergency Medicine just after the Nuclear Accident, and the Fukushima Health Management Survey (Basic Survey and 4 Detailed Surveys).

After the joint seminar, KIRAMS delegates visited a radiation screening facility for rice, a storage depot for contaminated soil, and temporary housing for coastal evacuees. KIRAMS and FMU agreed to pursue mutually beneficial joint projects in the future. In November, FMU Professor Arifumi Hasegawa and Dr. Atsushi Kumagai will visit KIRAMS and participate in a Korean conference on radiation medicine.

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Presentations (Click on any underlined one to view.)

Seung-Sook LEE
Director General, National Radiation Emergency Medical Center, Korea Institute of Radiological & Medical Sciences, Korea
“Radiation Emergency Medical Preparedness in KOREA”

Min-su CHO
Chief, Emergency Preparedness & Education Team, National Radiation Emergency Medical Center, Korea Institute of Radiological & Medical Sciences, Korea
“Improvement of Radiation Emergency Medical Response System of Korea”

Jaeryong YOO
Senior researcher/Health physics team, National Radiation Emergency Medical Center, Korea Institute of Radiological & Medical Science, Korea
“Dosimetry of KIRAMS”

Seiji YASUMURA
Department of Public Health, Fukushima Medical University School of Medicine,
Radiation Medical Science Center for the Fukushima Health Management Survey, Fukushima Medical University
“Overview of Fukushima Health Management Survey”

Tetsuo ISHIKAWA
Radiation Medical Science Center for the Fukushima Health Management Survey, Fukushima Medical University
“The Basic survey: Estimation of external doses to residents in Fukushima Prefecture”

Shgeatsu HASHIMOTO
Radiation Medical Science Center for the Fukushima Health Management Survey, Fukushima Medical University
“First two-years results of Comprehensive Health Check as One Facet of the Fukushima Health Management Survey”

Masaharu MAEDA
Radiation Medical Science Center for the Fukushima Health Management Survey, Fukushima Medical University
“MENTAL HEALTH/LIFESTYLE SURVEY and interventions for residents in disaster area”

Shinichi SUZUKI
Radiation Medical Science Center for the Fukushima Health Management Survey, Fukushima Medical University
“Three-years results of the Fukushima Thyroid Ultrasound Examination after the Fukushima NPP accident”

14 Oct 2014 Dr. Gerry Thomas from UK visited FMU

Dr. Gerry Thomas, Professor of Molecular Pathology at Imperial College London, directs the Chernobyl Tissue Bank. She and Ms. Naomi Cowan from the British Embassy in Tokyo visited FMU on October 14th, as promised on Prof. Thomas’ previous visit to Fukushima in August.

She exchanged views on our Thyroid Ultrasound Examination (TUE) program with FMU doctors. After that we held an informal seminar. Dr. Thomas made a presentation on the Chernobyl Tissue Bank. From FMU, Prof. Kenneth Nollet introduced the Fukushima Health Management Survey, followed by detailed results of TUE by Prof. Shinichi Suzuki and a presentation by A/Prof. Akiko Yagi on mental health issues after 3.11.

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To view the slides of Dr. Thomas, click here.

To view the slides of Dr. Nollet, click here.

To view the slides of Dr. Suzuki, click here.

5-6 Sep 2014 UNSCEAR held a briefing in Fukushima city

Members of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) visited Fukushima Prefecture to discuss the comprehensive report they published on 2 April 2014, Levels and effects of radiation exposure due to the nuclear accident after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

More than one hundred health professionals, educators, and others in each of two cities (Fukushima and Koriyama) gathered to hear their summary and discuss the report with spirited dialog. One of the important recommendations from the audience was that UNSCEAR members offer the same kind of dialog in places more convenient for those who had to relocate after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. UNSCEAR representatives heartily agreed, and we look forward to their future visits.

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Some of the slides used to illustrate the process and results of the UNSCEAR Report.
Some of the slides used to illustrate the process and results of the UNSCEAR Report.
UNSCEAR representatives supported by translators from Freecom, a company based in Koriyama, Fukushima.
UNSCEAR representatives supported by translators from Freecom, a company based in Koriyama, Fukushima.

17-21 Aug 2014 20th IEA World Congress of Epidemiology

Dr. Seiji YASUMURA of FMU introduced the Fukushima Health Management Survey to delegates of the 20th IEA World Congress of Epidemiology held in Anchorage, Alaska, USA, 17-21 August 2014. As many epidemiologists around the world are interested in the health of Fukushima residents since the nuclear accident, this poster attracted a lot of attention and spirited discussion.

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Presentation Material