Cooperation between Fukushima Medical University and the International Atomic Energy Agency
15 December, 2012
Fukushima Medical University
1. The government of Fukushima Prefecture and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) signed on 15 December 2012, in Koriyama City, Fukushima, on the occasion of the Fukushima Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety, the “Memorandum of Cooperation between Fukushima Prefecture and the International Atomic Energy Agency following the Accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station”.
2. This Memorandum is made between Fukushima Prefecture and the IAEA in order to confirm the willingness of both sides to implement cooperative activities.
3. Under this Memorandum, “Practical Arrangements between Fukushima Medical University and the International Atomic Energy Agency on Cooperation in the Area of Human Health” are made. The objective of these Practical Arrangements is to set forth the framework for the cooperation and relationship between Fukushima Medical University and the IAEA on cooperation in the area of Human Health. The scope of cooperation is health management survey, capacity building and research, enhancement of public awareness and exchange of expert support and information.
4. Under this Practical Arrangements, 3 projects are proposed.
4.1 Enhancing radiation medicine education by building capacity of health professionals and medical students
4.2 Strengthening research cooperation in radiation disaster medicine including post-traumatic stress disorders
4.3 Development of a specific training package for medical radiation physicists in support to nuclear or radiological emergency situations
Delegats and international press for the “Fukushima Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety” visited FMU on 14 Dec to know how FMU coped with the situation after the disaster. 2012. Dr. Munakata (President of the FMU Hospital) and Dr. Yasumura (Senior Director of the Radiation Medical Center for the Fukushima Health Management Survey) made presentations for them. About 20 people participated.
Dr. Emilie van Deventer, Team Leader of Radiation Programme, WHO, and Dr. Joachim Schuz, Head of Section of Environment and Radiation of International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) visited FMU on 17-18 November and met Dr. Shunichi Yamashita, Vice President and Dr. Ohtsura Niwa, Professor of FMU. Key issues discussed included: radiation risk assessment; the role of risk communication; and potential future collaboration in long-term epidemiological studies. The meeting was joined by Dr. Shigeto Maeda of National Hospital Organization Nagasaki Medical Center.
Following the agreement between the ICRP and FMU in July 2012, the first ICRP-FMU joint seminar was held at FMU on 2 November 2012, joined by 15 ICRP main commission members. After introduction of mandate and structure of the ICRP by the Chair, Dr. Claire Cousins, Dr. Eliseo Vano and Mr. Jacques Lochard introduced recent activities of the Commission including their supports of Fukushima after the disaster. The seminar then focused on the actions taken by FMU; in which Dr. Arifumi Hasegawa reported the initial medical response, and Dr. Makoto Miyazaki introduced issues related to radiation risk communication. The overview of the Fukushima Health Management Survey was presented by Prof. Seiji Yasumura, followed by the descriptions of the survey details by Prof. Akira Ohtsuru on radiation dose estimation and Prof. Shinichi Suzuki on thyroid ultrasound examination. Participants actively exchanged their views on radiation health issues.
Dr. Nestor Nicolas, Undersecretary of Emergency of the Government of Buenos Aires, Argentina, visited Fukushima on 15-16 October. He joined in the meeting at the Department of Radiation Health Management and discussed issues including initial responses to the Fukushima nuclear accident, training for radiation medicine and effective risk communication tools. Dr. Nicolas visited Koriyama to meet Dr. Hokuto Hoshi, the President of Hoshi General Hospital & a board member of Fukushima Medical Association, as well as an officer of the Fukushima Prefectural Government in charge of emergency management, to learn about experiences and roles of local institutes during and after the disaster.