Bremen Colloquium Epidemiology - Public Health

Date: 17. März 2014
Lecturer: Prof. Noboru Takamura from Atomic Bomb Disease Institute (Nagasaki University)
Title "From Nagasaki, Chernobyl to Fukushima: development of radiation health risk sciences".
Location: BIPS (Achterstr. 30, Raum 1550) from 13:30 pm.

Through the promotion of comprehensive medical support and academic joint research on those exposed to low-dose radiation after the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (CNPP) accident, we have conducted epidemiological studies around CNPP, such as molecular epidemiological studies on radiation-induced thyroid cancer, clinical epidemiological studies aimed at thyroid disorders, evaluation of mental health status, and evaluation of internal body burden of population by whole body counter. Our accumulated scientific results are now available for the risk communication after the accident at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant and evaluation of health effects due to this accident. We have participated in the medical team for the preparedness of acute radiation syndrome organized at Fukushima Medical University, and played a role in the radiation crisis communication to the public just after the accident in Fukushima Prefecture.
Furthermore, Nagasaki University has been assisting reconstruction efforts of Kawauchi Village since December 2011. Specifically, we have been providing scientific support for the residents’ return to the village and for reconstruction. For instance, before the return to the village we showed that returning was scientifically justified by estimating residents’ radiation exposure through measurement of radioactive substances in the soil. And in May 2012, a graduate student in the master’s program in the School of Health Sciences, who is a public health nurse, stayed for an extended period to conduct individual consulting on radiation exposure and health.
In the context of these activities, Nagasaki University and Kawauchi concluded an agreement in April 2013, concerning comprehensive cooperation toward reconstruction of the village, and we established in the village a satellite facility of the university: the Nagasaki University - Kawauchi Village Reconstruction Promotion Base. In utilizing such a base, the cooperation between Nagasaki University and Kawauchi is attracting attention as a model for reconstruction after the earthquake. With the Atomic Bomb Disease Institute playing a central role, we plan to continue our activities as we offer Fukushima support from Nagasaki University.