26-27 May 2015 15th International Congress of Radiation Research

The 15th International Congress of Radiation Research (ICRR 2015) was held in Kyoto, Japan, from May 25 to May 29, 2015. The theme of ICRR 2015 was “Radiation Science Shaping the Future of the Earth and Mankind”

ICRR 2015 was a good platform to summarize the Fukushima nuclear accident from various viewpoints, to exchange ideas and to reach a consensus among academic communities and societies.

Fukushima Medical University sponsored 3 symposia. Those were:

1. Environmental and Health Effect of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Distribution, and Environmental Effect of Radioactive Materials (May 26 9:40 – 11:50 Room B1)

Chairpersons Toshimitsu Homma (Japan), Wolfgang Weiss (Germany)
New Interpretation of Cs Sorption Behaviors on Clay Minerals in Fukushima by Multiple Utilization of Quantum Beam
Tsuyoshi Yaita (Japan)

Implication of Radiological Consequences From Contamination of The Environment Due to The Fukushima Daiichi Accident
Toshimitsu Homma (Japan)

Agricultural Implications of The Fukushima Nuclear Accident

Tomoko M Nakanishi (Japan)

Effects of Marine Pollution with Radionuclides After The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Accident

Tatsuo Aono (Japan)

2. Environmental and Health Effect of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Dose Estimation and Health Risk (May 26 13:45 – 16:05 Room B-1)

Chairpersons Makoto Akashi (Japan), Carl-Magnus Larsson (Australia)

Dose Estimations of Fukushima Residents After Fukushima NPP Accident

Keiichi Akahane (Japan)

Estimation of Internal Thyroid Doses to Fukushima Residents and Remaining Issues
Osamu Kurihara (Japan)

Overview of Radiation Exposure Situation Under An Initial Phase of Fukushima Nuclear Accident

Shinji Tokonami (Japan)

Internal Radiation Exposures of Fukushima Children – The Risk Is Low, But The Anxiety Is Still High –
Ryugo Hayano (Japan) Health Implications of Radiation Exposure From The 2011 Nuclear Accident in Japan: The UNSCEAR 2013 Report
Carl Magnus Larsson (Australia), Malcolm Crick

3. Environmental and Health Effect of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Health Effect of Fukushima Nuclear Accident (May 27 8:45 – 11:05 Room B1)

Chairpersons Shunichi Yamashita (Japan), Kenji Kamiya (Japan)

Lessons Learned from the Accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant: From Viewpoint of Radiation Emergency Medicine
Makoto Akashi (Japan), Takako Tominaga, Hideo Tatsuzaki, Masashi Sagara,
Misao Hachiya

Emergency Medical Responses in the Fukushima Accident
Koichi Tanigawa (Japan)

Thyroid Ultrasonography Screening after the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Accident: Fukushima Health Management Survey
Akira Ohtsuru (Japan), Satoru Suzuki, Toshihiko Fukushima, Sanae Midorikawa,
Hiroki Shimura, Takashi Matsuzaka, Akira Sakai, Shunichi Yamashita,
Shinichi Suzuki, Masafumi Abe
Psychosocial Consequences of Fukushima Disaster
Masaharu Maeda (Japan)
Health Status Found in the Fukushima Health Management Survey and Countermeasures
Seiji Yasumura (Japan)

The website of 15th ICRR is here(http://www.congre.co.jp/icrr2015/).

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11-12 May 2015 Prof. Elisabeth Cardis of CREAL visited FMU

Prof. Elisabeth Cardis, an epidemiologist and head of the Radiation Programme at the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL, http://www.creal.cat/en_index.html) in Barcelona, visited FMU to explain the SHAMISEN project she is developing and to solicit FMU’s participation.

The shamisen is a traditional Japanese musical instrument with three strings. SHAMISEN is a reverse acronym for Nuclear Emergency Situations – Improvement of Medical and Health Surveillance.

On May 11th, Dr. Cardis spoke to a diverse FMU audience about the Chernobyl accident and related research. Her slides are here.

On May 12th, she spoke in detail about the SHAMISEN project. It is to be funded by the EU through its Open Project for the European Radiation Research Area (OPERRA). The objective is to develop recommendations for medical and health surveillance of populations affected by previous and future accidents. Shamisen brings together a team of researchers from 18 institutions in Europe and Japan with complementary experience and a long record of accident management, dosimetry, radiation protection, medical follow-up and screening, population health surveillance, health economics, epidemiology, ethics and the sociology of radiation protection. Recommendations will be disseminated to decision makers and radiation protection authorities for translation into strategy and policy, as well as to scientific, medical and non-expert audiences. FMU has agreed to join the SHAMISEN project.

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