Yearly Archives: 2014
Dr. Gerry Thomas, Director, Chernobyl Tissue Bank and Lady Barbara Judge from United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority visited Fukushima and stopped by at FMU to have exchanges with research staff of the university. At the meeting, Dr. Thomas introduced what Chernobyl Tissue Bank is and how it works. From FMU side, Dr. Shinichi Suzuki explained the Thyroid Ultrasound Examination. Drs. Yasumura, Waguri, Sakai, and Niwa of FMU joined the meeting as well. Dr. Thomas and the members of FMU exchanged views on the outcome of the ongoing examination in Fukushima.
The meeting was very informative and Dr. Gerry Thomas told that she would come to Fukushima in October again. We decided to meet her again then.
Healthcare institutions and professional colleagues in Minnesota welcomed an academic visit from FMU’s Prof. Kenneth Nollet in August. Host institutions included Memorial Blood Centers, Mayo Clinic, University of Minnesota, and Hennepin County Medical Center. This visit was an opportunity to deepen cooperative ties and discuss topics of mutual interest, including blood banking and transfusion practices in normal times and during disasters, radiation emergency medicine, and Fukushima’s recovery from Japan’s 3.11 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis.
Two presentations, representative of this academic exchange, can be downloaded and printed as-is for personal scholarship and non-commercial educational activities in accordance with “fair use” copyright and other applicable laws. The notes under each slide are close to what was said.
5 August 2014, Memorial Blood Centers, St. Paul (with teleconference participation from Duluth and Omaha): “Memorial in the Middle: A 10,000 Lakes’ Reflection on Power, Planning, & Preparedness.”
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14 August 2014, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis “Post-3.11 Fukushima through Minnesota Eyes.”
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Three Columbia University students came to Fukushima this June through the Nishimiya Fellows Program. As described on their home page (http://nishimiyafellowsprogram.org), the program began in 2012, funded by the Japanese Medical Support Network (JAMSnet) and organized as part of the Honjo-Japanese Medical Society of America (JMSA) scholarship program supported by JMSA. The program is named in honor of the late Ambassador Shinichi Nishimiya, Deputy Foreign Minister and former Japanese Ambassador to New York, who greatly contributed to the response efforts following Japan’s 3.11 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis.
Miyuki Shimizu, MS, is a Registered Dietician pursuing her PhD in Nutrition. She was born in Tochigi, a prefecture immediately south of Fukushima.
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William Anderson is a second year MA student in Clinical Psychology, focusing on cross-cultural post-disaster community resilience.
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Millie Nishikawa is a second-year undergraduate majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior. She aspires to enter medical school.
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The Tokyo International Amateur Radio Association (TIARA) hosted a presentation by Kenneth Nollet, MD, PhD, entitled, “An Amateur’s Perspective on Japan’s 3.11 Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Crisis.”
Governments around the world recognize the Amateur Radio Service for its ability to promote international goodwill at all times, and to provide emergency communications in times of crisis, when conventional communication channels are damaged or overloaded. TIARA, founded in 1972, is a forum for Amateur Radio operators of all nationalities who live in Tokyo or have a special interest in Japan. TIARA members from around the world attended in person and via teleconference, with lively Q&A after the presentation.
Dr. Nollet’s slides and associated notes from this presentation can be downloaded and printed as-is for personal scholarship and non-commercial educational activities in accordance with “fair use” copyright and other applicable laws. The notes under each slide are close to what was said during the presentation. Material has been added or edited for clarity and to accommodate a broader audience.
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Fukushima Medical University received a delegation from Taipei Veterans General Hospital and National Yang-Ming University to participate in a conference held on 27 May 2014. The conference focused particularly on emergency medicine and nuclear disaster management. Health professionals of FMU exchanged their experiences and knowledge with the delegation.
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陳燕嘉 CHEN, Yen Chia, MD, PhD
Emergency Department of Taipei Veterans General Hospital
•Nuclear Disaster response & Preparedness in Taiwan
What we learned after Fukushima radiation disaster?
鄭銘泰 CHENG, Ming Tai, MD, MPH
Emergency Department of National Taiwan University Hospital
•What We Learned & Done After Fukushima Radiation Disaster?
~Education and Exercises
Arifumi HASEGAWA, MD, PhD
•Medical response at Fukushima Medical University Hospital
•Introduction of the Fukushima Radiation Disaster Management
-Reconstruction of the Fukushima Radiation Disaster Management-
•Nursing care during and after the disaster
Activity in Fukushima after the accident at Fukushima Dai-ichi
Kenneth E. NOLLET, MD, PhD
•Public Service & Community Engagement: Our Commitment to the Future
•Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Atsushi KUMAGAI, MD, PhD
• Radiation Emergency Medicine
Fukushima Medical University participated in TransFuse 2014 with a conference presentation by Dr. Kenneth E. Nollet, “Transfusion under Triple Threat: Blood Management Following Japan’s Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Crisis.” TransFuse is an annual meeting about innovative patient blood management, hosted by Mayo Clinic with the cooperation of AABB, Hartford Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, and Loyola University Chicago.
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A memorandum between Fukushima Medical University (FMU) and the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) was signed on 19 February 2014 at FMU.
FMU and ICRP (the parties) have a mutual interest in recovery from the nuclear power plant accident (hereafter, the accident). As such, the parties wish to strengthen their existing cooperation and expand it as below.
1. The Parties will work together on the development, implementation of cooperative undertakings related to the accident and its long-term radiological consequences,
2. FMU will offer information and advice related to its work with the citizens of Fukushima Prefecture and more broadly in recovery from the accident to ICRP, to the extent such disclosure is authorized. This may include, but is not limited to, FMU presentations to ICRP members.
3. ICRP will offer information and advice related to the system of radiological protection to staff and students of FMU, as mutually agreed by the Parties. This may include, but is not limited to, ICRP lectures to staff and students of FMU.
4. FMU will provide administrative supports for the cooperative actions, when feasible and as mutually agreed by the Parties.
5. The Parties will meet for informal discussion as and when mutually agreed to help improve and sustain cooperation.
Dr. Vasili Roudenok, professor at Belarusian State Medical University, and Dr. Alexander Kozlovsky, vice rector of Gomel State Medical University, gave special lectures on 28 January. It was the first time they made presentations for FMU of their experience after the Chernobyl nuclear accident. After the lectures, the professors discussed many aspects of the accident with health professionals, medical students and professors at FMU. Belarusian State Medical University and Gomel State Medical University had made agreements on academic cooperation with FMU in September 2013.
Presentatin Materials (Slides)
Dr. Alexander Kozlovsky
Dr. Vasili Roudenok