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The 2nd Workshop of the Global Strategic Center for Radiation Health Risk Control.
International Workshop on Radiation Health Effects Research:
from basic to clinical studies on Chernobyl and other radiation-related issues, cooperation between Nagasaki University GCOE Program and ISTC

December 1 and 2, 2008
Pompe Hall at Nagasaki University School of Medicine

The aim of the International Workshop in Nagasaki is to strengthen academic cooperation between Japan and the former USSR states focusing on Radiation Health and Life Science Research from basic, epidemiological to clinical fields and, hopefully, to reach mutual understanding and agreement on future collaborative studies on Radiation Health Risk Control.

Both Japan and the former USSR have similar serious negative legacies, such as, respectively, Atomic bomb suffering and nuclear accidents, leading to enormous health impacts on the public through unnecessary exposure to ionizing radiation. Radiation effects on human beings are always complex yet could be categorized into dichotomy groups: acute and chronic effects, high and low dose effects, and external and internal exposures. The international cooperative projects are essentially needed to solve problems in emergency radiation medicine and identify potential impacts of low dose and low-dose rate radiation as well as to elaborate models aimed at understanding fine molecular mechanisms of radiation-induced diseases including the new discovery of “radiation signatures” at the level of human body, tissue, cell and gene. Finally, based on “Regulatory Sciences” approaches, risk communication is really desired to be established through the international cooperation for maintaining healthy life and safeguard in the realities of Nuclear age of the 21st century.

To overcome the limitations of cooperative projects confined to our own Nagasaki University Global COE (Center of Excellence) program, the successfully achieved international consortium will be engaged for this joint workshop with a sponsorship of ISTC. The key counterparts are Medical Radiological Research Center of Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Obninsk, Russia and Belarusian Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, Minsk, Belarus because of their profound experience and knowledge of Chernobyl Health Impact data and materials. In Japan, a domestic consortium of radiation research centers includes, besides Nagasaki University, Hiroshima University, Radiation Effects Research Foundation and National Institute of Radiological Sciences. The joint program will strengthen and enhance current research efforts and open a new window of collaboration between Japan and the former USSR in the field of radiation biology, radiation medicine and radiation safety.

The workshop has three cornerstones: basic, epidemiological and clinical, which are the mainstreams of our future collaboration and academic achievements. We will have a special key lecture on radiation biology by a representative of University of Singapore, and based on fundamental research progress in radiation biology and radiation medicine, many relevant topics will be presented and followed by extensive open discussions. Additionally, molecular pathology and epidemiology of various radiation-associated problems will be taken up referring the data and tissue banks established around Chernobyl and in Nagasaki. As it is now well realized that internal exposure to ionizing radiation and external irradiation are equally important to understand their detrimental health impact, modern concepts of countermeasures and preventive measures against radiological accident and nuclear disaster will be considered. At the end, our workshop will not only improve understanding of radiation health effects but also will serve to encourage/educate young researchers to challenge difficult tasks of co-existence of radiation and humankind.

The official language is English. Presentation slides will be distributed during or immediately after the workshop as a PDF file and hardcopy printouts for further broader examination and to facilitate communications between the participants.
  International Radiation Health Sciences Research
    Atomic Bomb Disease Medicine Research
    Radiation Basic Life Sciences Research
    Workshop / Special Meeting
    Academic Exchange
    Reports on Overseas' Conferences and Meetings
    Cooperation with WHO
Publicity Activities
  Truth of radiology (in Japanese)
  Radiation Q&A (in Japanese)
    Introduction of Global Strategic Center for Radiation Health Risk Control
(in Japanese) [PDF 9MB]
    Visiting Report of Chelnobyl
Yasuyuki Taira, Graduate Student
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