26-27 Sep 2016 5th Int’l Expert Symposium in Fukushima

On September 26-27, 2016, the Fifth International Expert Symposium in Fukushima on Radiation and Health: Chernobyl+30, Fukushima+5: Lessons and Solutions for Fukushima’s Thyroid Question was held at the Celecton Hotel, organized by the Nippon Foundation and jointly hosted by Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation, Nagasaki University and Fukushima Medical University. The symposium was also held in cooperation with Fukushima Prefecture, Hiroshima University, Japan Medical Association, Japan Nursing Association and Japan Pharmaceutical Association. The event gathered expert speakers from across the world and recognized representatives of international institutions, as well as the global research community. Symposium committee members formulated recommendations based on the proceedings. Their recommendations will be submitted to the Fukushima prefectural government.



Following various presentations, speakers and other panelists responded to questions from the media.

1. Program
2. Abstracts
3.Video and Presentation Material Please click on the underlined title to view Presentation Material.

Day 1, Monday, 26 September 2016

9:30-12:15 Session 1 – Lessons from Chernobyl: an Examination of Radiation Risks, Based on International Consensus and Evidence Related to Thyroid Cancer, 30 Years after the Nuclear Accident
Zhanat Carr, World Health Organization
Vladimir Saenko, Nagasaki University
Keynote 1:
Wolfgang Weiss, Federal Office for Radiation Protection (Germany)
30 Years after Chernobyl—Overview of the Risks of Thyroid Cancer, Based upon the UNSCEAR Scientific Report(2008-2012)

Keynote 2:
Shigenobu Nagataki, Nagasaki University
Thirty Years Since the Accident in Chernobyl: A Contribution from Japan “Confirming the Increase of Childfood Thyroid Cancer”
Mykola Tronko, Institute of Endocrinology and Metabolism (Ukraine):
Thyroid Cancer Risk in Ukraine Following the Chernobyl Accident (Ukrainian-American Cohort Thyroid Study)

Valentina Drozd, Belarussian Medical Academy of Post-Graduate Education (Belarus)
Clinical Aspect of Pediatric Thyroid Cancer in Belarus Following the Chernobyl Accident and Follow-up

Viktor Ivanov, National Medical Research Radiological Centre (Russia)
Results of the Thyroid Cancer Epidemiological Survey in Russia, Following the Chernobyl Accident

13:30-15:30 Session 2a –Thyroid Cancer: The Reality of Chernobyl
Gerry Thomas, Imperial College London (UK)
Shunichi Yamashita, Nagasaki University
Yuri Demidchik, Belarussian Medical Academy of Post-Graduate Education (Belarus)
Clinical Aspects of Thyroid Cancer in Belarus, Following the Chernobyl Accident

Pavel Rumiantsev, Endocrine Research Center (Russia)
Assessment of Radiation Exposure and Ultrasound Screening as Factors Influencing Tumor Characteristics
and Recurrence-free Survival in Children and Adolescents with Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma

Tetiana Bogdanova, Institute of Endocrinology and Metabolism (Ukraine)
Histopathological Studies of Thyroid Cancer in Ukraine, Following the Chernobyl Accident

Christoph Reiners, University Hospital Würzburg (Germany)
Radiological Therapy Following Operations for Thyroid Cancer in Chernobyl

16:00- Session 2b Thyroid Cancer: Questions for Fukushima
Christopher Clement, International Commission on Radiological Protection
Ohtsura Niwa, Radiation Effects Research Foundation
Geraldine Thomas, Imperial College London (UK)
Thyroid Cancer and Genomics

Hyeong Sik, Ahn, Korea University School of Medicine (Korea)
Thyroid Cancer Incidence in Areas near to Nuclear Power Plant Region in Korea

Iwao Sugitani, Nippon Medical School
Management of Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma in Japan

Akira Ohtsuru, Fukushima Medical University
Report of the Results of Thyroid Examination of Fukushima Health Management Survey

Shinichi Suzuki, Fukushima Medical University
Childhood and Adolescent Thyroid Cancer after the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Accident

Sanae Midorikawa, Fukushima Medical University
Challenges of “Thyroid Examination” of the Fukushima Health Management Survey

Day 2, Tuesday, 27 September 2016

John Boice, National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (US)
Koichi Tanigawa, Fukushima Medical University
Keynote 3
John Boice, National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (US)
From Chernobyl to Fukushima and Beyond-Radiation Protection, Doses, Risks and Perception

Keynote 4
Abel Gonzalez, Argentine Nuclear Regulatory Commission (Argentine)
Reassessing the Attribution of Paediatric Thyroid Cancer to Radiation Exposure

Zhanat Carr, World Health Organization
Preventing Thyroid Cancer by the Use of Iodine Thyroid Blocking: WHO Perspective

Abel González, Argentine Nuclear Regulatory Commission (Argentina)
International Estimates of the Radiological Consequences of the Fukushima-Daiichi Accident: the IAEA Report

Malcolm Crick, United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation
UNSCEAR Assessments Related to the 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Accident

Jacques Lochard, International Commission on Radiological Protection
From Chernobyl to Fukushima: What ICRP has Learned with Japanese Stakeholders?

Ausrele Kesminiene, International Agency for Research on Cancer
Research on Thyroid Cancer – from Chernobyl to Fukushima

12:30-13:20 Table Discussion