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21-24 Nov 2013 FMU-IAEA International Academic Conference

The first FMU-IAEA International Academic Conference took place 21-24 November 2013 in the Lecture Hall at Fukushima Medical University. Organized by Fukushima Medical University (FMU) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it focused on mental health care after the radiation disaster and risk communication of health issues in contaminated areas. The conference attracted a cumulative total of over 500 participants including leading scientists, health professionals and FMU staff & students.

With lectures, keynote lectures and presentations followed by discussions, the participants learned critical issues in medicine, social psychology, and the emerging field of Science, Technology, and Society (STS). The conference ended with a consensus about the need for a new educational program of radiological science.

The program, presentation materials, and video have been uploaded to the extent granted by each author. Please note that authors of the presentation material retain their rights and responsibilities concerning the contents of the presentation materials.









1.The Program (including Abstract)
2.The Presentation Materials and Videos


Day 1, Thursday, 21 Nov 2013: Risk Communication Lectures

Introduction Dr. Kenneth Nollet, Dr. Akira Ohtsuru, FMU (Japan)
9:00-9:20 Opening Remarks
Dr. Shin-ichi Kikuchi, President of FMU (Japan)
Dr. Rethy K. Chhem, IAEA (Austria)
9:25-10:20 Chronic Ingestion of Radioactive Cesium: Quantitative Assessment in Fukushima
Dr. Makoto Miyazaki, FMU (Japan)
10:25-11:20 Thinking Critically about Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
Dr. Gregory Clancey, National University of Singapore (Singapore)
11:25-12:20 Impact of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident on Local Community and Healthcare Services
Dr. Tomoyoshi Oikawa, Minamisoma Municipal General Hospital (Japan)
13:10-14:05 The Problems of Risk Communication -What, Where, When, Who, Why, and How
Dr. Reiko Kanda, National Institute Radiation Sciences (Japan)
14:10-15:05 Considering the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster from the Perspective of Technology and Society
Dr. Kazuaki Koriyama, Kyushu Emergency Medical Training Center (Japan)
15:20-16:15 Social Impact of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident
Prof. Mitsuko Fujino, FMU (Japan)
16:20-17:15 Reconsidering the Place of Non-knowledge and Uncertainty in Risk Communication
Dr. Ulrike Felt, University of Vienna (Austria)
17:15-17:30 Discussion
chaired by Dr. Akira Ohtsuru FMU (Japan) and Dr. Rethy K. Chhem (IAEA)

Day 2, Friday, 22 Nov 2013: Mental Health Lectures

Moderator: Dr. Kenneth Nollet, Dr. Akira Ohtsuru, FMU (Japan)
8:50-9:45 Psychosocial Problems in Fukushima: How Should We Understand and Share Them?
Dr. Masaharu Maeda, FMU (Japan)
9:50-10:45 Disasters, Mental Health, and Radiation
Dr. Craig L. Katz, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (USA)
10:50-11:45 Post-disaster Children’s Mental Health
Dr. Hirofumi Mashiko, FMU (Japan)
12:40-13:35 Psychosocial Issues in Mental Health Support to the Fukushima Nuclear Plant Torkers: the Fukushima NEWS Project
Dr. Jun Shigemura, National Defense Medical College (Japan)
13:40-14:35 Risk Perception and Trust
Dr. Kazuya Nakayachi, Doshisha University (Japan)
14:50-15:45 Medical Education for Radiation Health Risks
Dr. Kazuko Ohno, Kyoto College of Medical Science (Japan)
15:50-16:30 Societal and Ethical Aspects of Radiation Risk Perception
Dr. Deborah Helen Oughton, University of Life Sciences (Norway)
16:30-17:00 Discussion
chaired by Dr. Masaharu Maeda and Dr. Hirooki Yabe, FMU (Japan)
17:00-17:10 Closing Remarks
Dr. Hitoshi Ohto, Dean of FMU (Japan)

 Day 3, Saturday, 23 Nov 2013 : Medical Radiation Education and STS

 9:00-9:10 Opening Remarks
Dr. Rethy K. Chhem, IAEA
Dr. Shin-ichi Kikuchi, President of FMU (Japan)
 Keynote Lectures: Chaired by Dr. Noboru Takamura, Nagasaki University (Japan) and Dr. Ulrike Felt, University of Vienna (Austria)
 9:10-9:45 Keynote Lecture (1) Academic Response to Fukushima Nuclear Accident
Dr. Rethy K. Chhem, IAEA
 9:45-10:20  Keynote Lecture (2) Reflections on Japan and Natural Disaster
Dr. Gregory Clancey, National University of Singapore (Singapore)
 10:30-10:50  Beyond Reflection: STS Knowledge and Practical Action
Dr. Ulrike Felt, University of Vienna (Austria)
 10:50-11:10  Nuclear Disasters and Their Impact on the Perception of Epistemic Cultures in Medicine: The Crisis of Expertise
Dr. Heiner Fangerau, Ulm University (Germany)Canceled
 11:10-11:30  The Role of University in Disaster Education and Post Disaster Response
Dr. Nizam Nizam, Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia)Canceled
 11:30-11:50  What STS Can Do in Bridging Between Experts and Public? : STS’s Role in Liberal Arts Education to Medical Experts
Dr. Yuko Fujigaki, University of Tokyo (Japan)
 11:50-12:20  STS Lessons: Communication, Media and Plural Rationalit-y(-ies)
Dr. Togo Tsukahara, Kobe University (Japan),
Dr. Ryuma Shineha Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Japan),
Dr. Mikihito Tanaka, Waseda University (Japan)
 12:20-12:40  Discussion
13:00-13:20 Discussion (Continuation from the day before)
Symposium 2:  Current and Future Scope of Medical Radiation Education Program including Radiation Protection and Risk Management in Japan and Overseas
Chaired by Dr. Hideo Tatsuzaki, NIRS (Japan) and
Dr Kazuko Ohno, Kyoto College of Medical Science (Japan)
13:30-13:50 New Graduate Education Program for the Radiation Disaster and the Reconstruction
Dr. Kenji Kamiya, Hiroshima University (Japan)
13:50-14:10 Burning Issues of Radiation Risk Education in Japanese Universities, especially Medical Schools
Dr. Teruhisa Tsuzuki, Kyushu University (Japan)
14:10-14:30 Applying Risk Communication in Radiation Disasters – Lessons from Fukushima
Dr. Kwan-Hoong Ng, University of Malaya (Malaysia)
14:30-14:50 Health Consequences and Radiological Education in Belarus after Chernobyl Accident
Dr. Valentina Drozd, Belarusian Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, (Belarus)
15:10-15:30 Status of Medical Physicists in Japan
Dr. Shogo Yamada, Tohoku University (Japan)
15:30-15:50 Communicating about Radiation to Fukushima Residents
Dr. Atsushi Kumagai, FMU (Japan)
15:50-16:10 Engaging Medical Students in Radiation Emergency Medicine
Dr. Arifumi Hasegawa, FMU (Japan)
16:10-16:30 Radiation Terrorism as a Rising Risk Calling for Medical Prevention and Preparedness – The Israeli Perspectives

Dr. Ishay Ostfeld, Ministry of Health (Israel)
16:30-17:00 Discussion

Day 4, Sunday, 24 Nov 2013 : Mental Health and Risk Communication

Keynote Lectures: Chaired by Dr. Kenneth Nollet, FMU (Japan), and Dr. Craig L. Katz, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (USA)
 9:10-9:45  Keynote Lecture (3) The Human Dimensions of Nuclear Post-accident Situations
Dr. Jacques Lochard, Nuclear Protection Evaluation Centre-CEPN (France)
 9:45-10:20  Keynote Lecture (4) Lessons from ‘Fukushima’: Shaping Mental Health Care System Resistant and Resilient to Complicated Disasters
Dr. Shin-ichi Niwa, FMU (Japan)
 Symposium 3:  How to Solve the Complicated Problems in Fukushima at the Standpoint of Mental Care
Chaired by Dr. Hirooki Yabe, FMU (Japan) and
Dr. Jacques Lochard, CEPN (France)
 10:30-10:50  Post-Disaster Children’s Lives in a Japanese Kindergarten
Ms.Chiharu Ito, Mebae Kindergarten (Japan)
 10:50-11:30  Mental Health in Fukushima Health Management Survey
 1) Mental Health Status in the Survivors of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident and Mental Disorders that Exacerbated due to the Fukushima Disaster, a Complex Radioactive Contamination Disaster
Dr. Yasuto Kunii, Dep. of Neuropsychiatry, FMU (Japan)
 2) Mental Health and Lifestyle Survey, and Mental Care for Children after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident
Dr. Shuntaro Itagaki, Dep. of Neuropsychiatry, FMU (Japan)
 11:30-11:50  Mental Care in the Soso Region: Development through Outreach
Dr. Takako Ohkawa, FMU (Japan)
 11:50-12:10  Engaging Future Generations through Volunteerism
Mr. Shohei. Andoh, 5th year Medical Student, FMU (Japan)
12:10-12:40 Discussion
Symposium 4: How to Solve the Complicated Problems in Fukushima at the Standpoint of Mental Health and Radiation Health Risk Management
Chaired by Mr. Christopher Clement, ICRP (Canada) and
Dr. Robert Yanagisawa
13:30-13:50 From Stress to Action: Lessons from Chernobyl and Fukushima
Dr. Jacques Lochard, Nuclear Protection Evaluation Centre-CEPN (France)
13:50-14:10 Challenges in Risk Communication: The Norwegian Experience after Chernobyl
Dr. Deborah Helen Oughton, University of Life Sciences (Norway)
14:10-14:30 Consortium Effort from New York to Fukushima toward Disaster Recovery
Dr. Robert Yanagisawa, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (USA)
14:40-15:00 Addressing Mental Health Amid Radiation Concerns: Beyond Psychiatric Diagnosis
Dr. Craig L. Katz, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (USA)
15:00-15:40 Discussion
15:40-16:00 Closing Remarks
Dr. Shunichi Yamashita, Nagasaki University, FMU (Japan)


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