Activity : Workshop

21st Century COE Workshop
Clinical and epidemiological approaches to
radiation-associated thyroid and breast cancers

The 21st Century COE Workshop “Clinical and epidemiological approaches to radiation-associated thyroid and breast cancers” was held on March 9-10, 2004 at Pompe van Meerdervoort Hall, Nagasaki University School of Medicine. The number of participants amounted to more than 60, including 6 delegates from oversea universities and institutes which have joined or are to join the consortium and domestic researchers inside and outside the university, and the workshop was led to success.

The workshop was commenced with the opening address by Dr. Masao Tomonaga, Project Leader, professor of hematology at Atomic Bomb Disease Institute, Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The workshop aimed to overcome the difficulties in elucidating the effects of low-dose or low dose-rate radiation exposure in human by cooperation of epidemiologists, pathologists, molecular biologists and clinical researchers. Scientists from theses research fields presented a total of 13 papers at the workshop.

On the last day of the workshop, the summary of the meeting drafted by Dr. Shunichi Yamashita, professor of molecular medicine and Dr. Yoshisada Shibata, professor of radiation epidemiology at Atomic Bomb Disease Institute, Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, was discussed and the workshop was closed with all participants’ approval of the revised summary of the workshop. The program of the workshop was as follows.

Program Venue: Pompe van Meerdervoort Hall
Nagasaki University School of Medicine

Day 1 (9 March)

10:00-10:10 Welcome address
  Masao Tomonaga, COE Program Leader, Nagasaki University
10:10-10:30 Scope of the workshop
  Yoshisada Shibata, COE Program Leader, Nagasaki University
Session 1 Moderator: Masahiro Nakashima, Nagasaki University
10:30-11:15 Radiation effects on solid cancer incidence in the atomic bomb survibors:
An update
  Dale L. Preston, Radiation Effects Research Foundation
11:15-11:45 Thyroid cancer in Russia after the Chernobyl accident: outcome of large-scale
radiation-epidemiological studies of children in Bryansk oblast
  Victor K. Ivanov, Medical Radiological Research Center, RAMS, Russia
Group photo, Lunch
Session 2 Moderator: Akira Ohtsuru, Nagasaki University
13:00-13:45 Breast cancer following radiation therapy
  Robert C. F. Leonard, South West Wales Cancer Institute, UK
13:45-14:15 Thyroid cancer in Ukraine after the Chernobyl disaster
  Mykola D. Tronko, Institute of Endocrinology and Metabolism, AMSU, Ukraine
14:15-14:45 Current situation of Chernobyl Tissue Bank-related research project
  Shunichi Yamashita, Project Leader, Nagasaki University
Coffee break
Session 3 Moderator: Hiroyuki Namba, Nagasaki University
15:00-15:30 Molecular mechanism of susceptibility to radiation-induced mouse thymic lymphomas
  Ryo Kominami, Niigata University
15:30-15:50 Molecular peculiarities of radiation-induced and sporadic thyroid cancers
  Vladimir A. Saenko, Nagasaki University
15:50-16:10 Molecular mechanism of Taxol action on thyroid cancer cells
  Vladimir M. Pushkarov, Nagasaki University
16:10-16:40 Regulation of neuropeptides expression in thymus in patients with thyroid diseases
  Vasili V. Roudenok, Belarusian State Medical University, Belarus
16:40-17:10 Non-cancer thyroid diseases in contaminated areas of Russia after the Chernobyl
  Sergey Chekin, Medical Radiological Research Center, RAMS, Russia

Day 2 (10 March)

Session 4 Moderator: Yoshisada Shibata, Nagasaki University
10:00 10:20 Medical relief for people affected by the Chernobyl accident in their childhood through
the development and implement of Health Telematics
  Noboru Takamura, Nagasaki University
10:20-10:50 An epidemiological investigation on the reproductive health of women who evacuated
from 30-km zone
  Nataliya Korol, Research Center for Radiation Medicine, AMSU, Ukraine
1050-11:20 Breast cancer in Belarus before and after the Chernobyl accident
  Semyon M. Polyakov, Belarusian Center for Medical Tecnologies, Computer
Systems, Administration, and Economics of Public Health, Belarus
11:20-12:00 Discussion: Summary of available evidences
Session 5 Moderators: Shunichi Yamashita and Yoshisada Shibata, Nagasaki University
13:30-15:30 Discussion: Future collaborative studies
Coffee break
Session 6 Moderators: Shunichi Yamashita and Yoshisada Shibata, Nagasaki University
15:45-17:00 Summary: Review of the meeting results and future actions
Closing remarks Shunichi Yamashita, Nagasaki University