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.
Dr. Zhanat Carr, coordinator of the WHO Radiation Emergency Medical Preparedness and Assistance Network (REMPAN), from the WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, visited FMU on 4 October 2012 and met with FMU President Dr. Shinichi Kikuchi and Vice President Dr. Shunichi Yamashita. They discussed possible collaborative activities between the WHO and FMU that is joining the REMPAN network as a Liaison Institution.
Dr. Carr participated in a meeting of the Department of Radiation Health Management and visited the Radiation Emergency Medicine class for FMU students held at the Education Center for Disaster Medicine. She also visited FMU Radiation Medical Science Center, exchanged views with faculty members and other staff, and discussed the progress of the Fukushima Health Management Survey led by FMU.
Kamedo Delegation (members of the National Board of Health and Welfare and the staff of the Embassy of Sweden) visited FMU. Dr. Munakata (President of the FMU Hospital), Dr. Yamashita (Vice President of FMU) and Mr. Fujishima (Secretary General) made presentations on the FMU’s response to the disaster and on the Fukushima Health Management Survey.
◾’FMU after 3.11′ by Dr. Munakata
◾’Fukushima Health Management Survey’ by Dr. Yamashita
◾’FMU’s Vision for Recovery’ by Mr. Fujishima
The Ministry of Environment 4th Discussion Session with Experts was held in Fukushima Medical University and the FMU Vice President Dr. Masafumi Abe made a presentation on the Fukushima Health Management Survey.
◾’Fukushima Health Management Survey’ by Dr. Masafumi Abe
Four experts on thyroid diseases from Russia and Belarus, Dr. Vladimir Saenko, Dr. Vladimir Parshin, Dr. Valentina Drozd and Dr. Larisa Danilova visited Fukushima. During the 3-day visit, they made presentations at Fukushima Medical University on thyroid diseases in the aftermath of the nuclear event at Chernobyl. They exchanged views regarding the situation with medical practitioners in Fukushima and faculty members from the Radiation Medical Science Center.
Members of the ICRP, Mr. Jacques Lochard, Dr. Christopher Clement, Dr. Ohtsura Niwa, and Director of Radiation Safety Forum Dr. Junichiro Tada, visited the Department of International Cooperation and agreed on the plans for collaboration between the ICRP and Fukushima Medical University. The plans included joint satellite meetings for promotion of dialogue and human resource development and regular joint seminars for dissemination of information on the projects.