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Seventh Epidemiological Training Workshop for Biologists Draws 48 Participants from Outside Organizations

Dr. Nori Nakamura, Consultant, Molecular Biosciences Dept., giving an impassioned speech (upper left)

Dr. Ritsu Sakata (at rear left), Senior Scientist, Epidemiology Dept., speaking at her lecture (left)

Participants of the training workshop (upper right)

The Seventh Epidemiological Training Workshop for Biologists, sponsored by the Council of Radiation Effects Research Organizations,* was held at the RERF Auditorium on August 29-30, 2016, and 48 persons from outside organizations attended.

A new morning session, “Radiobiology for non-specialists,” introduced the workshop.

Following the morning session on the opening day of the workshop, epidemiological research was explained and issues related to the research were raised in the following lectures:
  • “Epidemiology for non-specialists,”
  • “Recent results from the Life Span Study (LSS),”
  • “Heart disease risks,”
  • “Genetic effects of radiation: Why are they undetected in humans?”
  • “Radiation exposure and thyroid cancer,”
  • “Is cancer susceptibility high among those exposed to radiation at a young age?”
  • “Radiation’s effects on the fetus: An unresolved issue,”
  • “Mechanism of radiation-induced leukemia,” and
  • “Understanding of both mouse experiments and epidemiological research: An introduction.”
On the second day, discussions took place in response to three lectures: “Tissue-specific variance of naturally occurring cancers” (introduction of the Tomasetti paper), “How to connect epidemiology and biology?” and “Radiation carcinogenesis and stem cells.”

*The Council of Radiation Effects Research Organizations, consisting of the Institute for Environmental Sciences, Kyoto University, Nagasaki University, Hirosaki University, Hiroshima University, Fukushima Medical University, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, and Radiation Effects Research Foundation (order arranged according to the Japanese syllabary), was established to deepen understanding and partnership among radiation research organizations.