Universities in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Fukushima to pursue joint research on radiation medicine

by Takayuki Kamo, Staff Writer

Hiroshima University’s Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine (RIRBM), Nagasaki University’s Atomic Bomb Disease Institute, and Fukushima Medical University’s Fukushima Global Medical Science Center concluded an agreement in Naka Ward, Hiroshima on February 17 to establish and administrate a center for research on radiation medicine. Tapped by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to create “a center of excellence for radiation disaster and medicine,” the three institutes will work together to study radiation disasters, including possible health effects resulting from the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 (Daiichi) nuclear power plant.

Hiroshima University and Nagasaki University, which have amassed research on A-bomb survivors, and Fukushima Medical University, which serves as a center for the reconstruction efforts taking place in Fukushima Prefecture, will collaborate in such areas as research on the health effects of low-dose radiation exposure and the nurturing of new researchers. The three universities will make use of their expertise and facilities in these investigations while also pursuing joint research with researchers in other locations.

Mitsuo Ochi, the president of Hiroshima University, attended the signing ceremony and stressed, “I hope this network can advance the desire for peace throughout the world through research on radiation disasters.” Shigeru Katamine, the president of Nagasaki University, said, “The universities whose local communities suffered the atomic bombings or the nuclear power plant accident will work together for the security and safety of local residents.” Shinichi Kikuchi, the president of Fukushima Medical University, added, “Our university has been given a historic mission due to the accident at the nuclear power plant. We will play a role in protecting the health of local residents by deepening our work with the universities in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

(Originally published on February 18, 2016)