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The 42nd Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting Held at Hiroshima RERF

Participants of the 42nd Scientific Advisory Committee meeting

The 42nd Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting was held over three days, March 2–4, at RERF in Hiroshima. Consisting of 10 external experts selected from the U.S. and Japan, the SAC meets annually to review RERF’s research progress and new research plans. RERF conducts its research activities based on the recommendations provided by the committee.

Since considerable time would be required to conduct extensive reviews of all of RERF’s research departments at one time, a review system is employed under which only certain departments every year are subject to detailed review. This year, focused reviews were conducted on the scientific programs of RERF’s basic research departments (Department of Radiobiology/Molecular Epidemiology and Department of Genetics). For this reason, in addition to the 10 Scientific Advisors, one Japanese expert and one U.S. expert in the relevant fields participated in the meeting as Special Scientific Advisors.

The meeting opened with comprehensive reports by RERF Chairman Toshiteru Okubo and Vice Chairman Roy E. Shore, and then there were presentations on research projects by the chiefs and research scientists of the aforementioned research departments, followed by discussions. A plan was announced for merging the Department of Radiobiology/Molecular Epidemiology and the Department of Genetics. In addition, presentations were made about the work being done at other research departments and about matters related to public relations at RERF, followed by explanations involving the RERF Biosample Center, the Epidemiological Studies Targeting Emergency Workers at the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, and the newest information on RERF’s future plans. Subsequently, extensive discussion took place among RERF scientists and the Scientific Advisors, and on the last day of the meeting, the SAC presented its summary recommendations.