11-12 Sep 2011 1st International Expert Symposium in Fukushima

On September 11th and 12th, at Fukushima Medical University, more than 40 of the world’s top experts in the field of radiation and health gathered to discuss the health effects of fallout from the meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Over the course of the two days, they discussed the issue, at the end producing an eight-point set of conclusions and recommendations that among other things outlined the importance of continued monitoring, and suggested the establishment of a taskforce on the issue, which would include all stakeholders.

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Sunday, September 11

9:00- Opening Addresses:
Introduction: Kenzo Kiikuni (Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation, Japan)David L. Heymann (Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security, UK)
Speakers: Yohei Sasakawa (The Nippon Foundation, Japan)Shin-ichi Kikuchi (Fukushima Medical University, Japan)Video message by Margaret Chan (Director General, World Health Organization)
9:45- Keynote Speeches
The accident, the workers and the publicMakoto Akashi ( National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Japan)
The recommendations of the International Commission on Radiological Protection vis-a-vis the Fukushima Dai-ichi NPP accident aftermathAbel Julio Gonzalez (International Commission on Radiological Protection; Autoridad Regulatoria Nuclear, Argentina)
11:00-12:30 Session I: Facts of Fukushima
Co-chairs: Seiichi Takenoshita (Fukushima Medical University, Japan)Kazuhiko Maekawa (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Radioactive contamination of the environment and radiation doses to the publicToshimitsu Homma (Japan Atomic Energy Agency)
Experience and Lesson from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear DisasterKenji Kamiya (Hiroshima University, Japan)
Internal exposure caused by the Fukushima Nuclear AccidentKazuo Sakai (National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Japan)
13:30-15:15 Session II: Low-level Irradiation and Health, Challenges Involved in Emergency Medicine
Co-chairs: Yoshiharu Yonekura (National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Japan)Timothy Walker (Former Health and Safety Executive, UK)
Medical effects and risks of exposure to ionizing radiationFred Mettler Jr (University of New Mexico, USA)
Epidemiological investigations of aircrew – an occupational group with low-level cosmic radiation exposureHajo Zeeb (Bremen University, Germany)
Health risks associated with environmental radiation exposuresScott Davis (University of Washington, USA)
Emergency medical preparedness for radiological/nuclear incidentsNorman Coleman (National Cancer Institute, USA)
Radiation epidemiology: a perspective on FukushimaJohn Boice (International Epidemiology Institute, USA)
15:30-16:15 Session IIIa: Dose, Dosimetry and Dose Estimations of Contaminated Areas
Co-chairs: Toshiteru Okubo (Radiation Effect Research Foundation, Japan)Wolfgang Weiss (Federal Office for Radiation Protection, Germany)
Dosimetric quantities in radiological protection and in risk assessmentsHans-Georg Menzel (European Organization for Nuclear Research, Switzerland)
Estimation of internal radiation dose from both immediate releases and continued exposures to contaminated materialsBruce Napier (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
Chernobyl accident and fallout from nuclear weapons tests: dosimetry, countermeasures, and epidemiologyAndre Bouville (National Cancer Institute, USA)
16:15-17:00 Session IIIb: Radiobiology and Radioepidemiology
Co-chairs: Toshiteru Okubo (Radiation Effect Research Foundation, Japan)Wolfgang Weiss (Federal Office for Radiation Protection, Germany)
Implication of stem cells in radiation risks of in utero exposures and low dose rateOhtsura Niwa (Kyoto University, Japan)
Radiation and cancer risk in atomic bomb survivorsKazunori Kodama (Radiation Effect Research Foundation, Japan)

Monday, September 12

9:30-11:00 Session IV: Lessons Learned from the Chernobyl Accident
Co-chairs: Kiyohiko Mabuchi (National Cancer Institute, USA)Arthur Schneider (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)
Lessons of Chernobyl and prognosis for Fukushima: radiological consequencesVictor Ivanov (Medical Radiological Research Center, Ministry of Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation, Russia)
Chernobyl Experience in the Area of Retrospective DosimetryVadym Chumak (National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, Ukraine)
Thyroid cancer in Ukraine following the accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (in the framework of the Ukraine-American Thyroid Project)Nikolai D. Tronko (Ukrainian Research Institute of Endrocrinology and Metabolism, Ukraine)
Mental health consequences of the Chernobyl accidentEvelyn J. Bromet (Stony Brook University, USA)
Chernobyl thyroid tissue bank: integrating research on radiation-induced thyroid cancerG A Thomas (Imperial College London, UK)
11:15-12:45 Session V: Radiation Safety and Guidelines Regarding Health Risks
Co-chairs: Akihiro Shima (Institute for Environmental Sciences, Japan)Christopher H. Clement (International Commission on Radiological Protection, Canada)
Radiation protection principlesJohn R. Cooper (Center for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazard, Health Protection Agency, UK)
Cancer models and radiation protectionRichard Wakeford (University of Manchester, UK)
Protection of people living in long term contaminated areas after a nuclear accident: the recommendation of ICRP Publication 111Jacques Lochard (Centre d’etude sur l’Evaluation de la Protection dans le domaine Nucleaire, France)
Some lessons on radiological protection learned from the accident of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plantMichiaki Kai (Oita University, Japan)
13:45-14:45 Session VI: Discussion and Recommendations
Co-chairs: Abel Julio Gonzalez (International Commission on Radiological Protection, Autoridad Regulatoria Nuclear, Argentina)Shunichi Yamashita (Fukushima Medical University, Nagasaki University, Japan)
WHO’s Public Health Agenda in Response to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear AccidentEmilie van Deventer (World Health Organization)
Preparing a scientific report to the General Assembly on Exposures due to the nuclear accident following the Great East-Japan earthquake and tsunami” – the current status of UNSCEAR activitiesWolfgang Weiss (Federal Office for Radiation Protection, Germany)
Public reactions in Korea upon the Fukushima accident and its implicationsJaiki Lee (Hanyang University, Korea)
IAEA Activities in Response to the Fukushima AccidentIgor Gusev (Intenational Atomic Energy Agency)
IAEA-activities related to Radiation Biology and Health Effects of RadiationJan Wondergem (Intenational Atomic Energy Agency)
What is the Fukushima Health Survey?Shunichi Yamashita (Fukushima Medical University, Nagasaki University,Japan)
15:00-16:00 Session VI, (continued)
16:00-16:30 Closing of the Symposium
Speakers: Kenzo Kiikuni (Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation, Japan)David L. Heymann (Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security, UK)