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Call for recommendation of researchers/doctors from abroad for training

To: Persons responsible for application of research organizations
From: Ohtsura Niwa
Chairman, Radiation Effects Research Foundation
Call for recommendation of researchers/doctors from abroad for FY2017 RERF Training Program
   The Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF) is soliciting recommendations for researchers, doctors, and students from abroad to be accepted for training at RERF, in accordance with the following considerations. We would be grateful for your nomination(s) of trainee candidates.
   Applications will be accepted only from persons responsible for application of research organizations. Any individual who is interested in the training program should first file an application within his or her organization, which in turn will submit the designated application form to RERF in the name of the organization.

[Outline of training program]
Number of trainees to be invited: Approximately one or two
Themes and description of training:
Theme 1) Detection of radiation-induced chromosome aberrations
1. Lymphocyte culture and preparation of chromosome samples
2. Giemsa staining (dicentric chromosome) and FISH (translocation)
Theme 2) Development of a system to measure radiation effects
1. Method for detection of radiation-induced genome damages
2. Method for detection of somatic mutations
Theme 3) Effects of radiation on immune function, and radiation-induced cancer (Study on radiobiology and molecular epidemiology)
1. Research results obtained thus far concerning radiation effects on immune function
2. Experiments and analysis methods for determining the effects of radiation on blood cells
3. Results of molecular oncological research on radiation effects in carcinogenesis
4. Experimental methods for clarification of mechanisms involved in induction of cell death by radiation and anticancer drugs using normal cells and cancer cell lines
Theme 4) Introduction to epidemiological research at RERF
1. Lectures to outline epidemiological studies on health effects of atomic bomb radiation (lectures on dosimetry will also be included)
2. Tour of the tumor and tissue registry office and the master file section
3. Lectures on principles of statistical analysis and hands-on learning of how to use publicly available data
Program of Theme 4 will be given jointly by Departments of Epidemiology, Statistics and Clinical Studies.
Training period:Between November 7 and November 17, 2017
(The option to extend the period by one week is available.)
Training site:
Radiation Effects Research Foundation
5-2 Hijiyama Park, Minami-ku, Hiroshima City, 732-0815, Japan
Themes 1)- 3): Department of Molecular Biosciences
Theme 4): Departments of Epidemiology, Statistics and Clinical Studies
Payment of travel and other expenses:
RERF will pay travel expenses and an allowance and provide lodging to trainees, in accordance with the organization’s regulations.
Travel expenses: Economy airfare and reserved seating for the Shinkansen super express
Allowance: 2,600 yen daily for the first 10 day-period (including weekend days) and 1,300 yen daily for the
11th and subsequent days
Lodging: Rental apartment in the city of Hiroshima (equipped with basic electric appliances and cooking
[Application procedure]
Application procedure: Please fill out the attached application form and send it to the following addressees by email or mail by post.

Attachment: Application form(Microsoft Word)

Application deadline: April 28 (Friday), 2017 (as indicated by the postmark on the envelope)
Application submitted to:
Ms. Harachi and Ms.Yonezawa
External Affairs Unit, General Affairs Section
Radiation Effects Research Foundation
5-2 Hijiyama Park, Minami-ku, Hiroshima City, 732-0815, Japan
Telephone: +81-82-261-3131 (ext.138 for Harachi, 125 for Yonezawa)
Fax: +81-82-263-7279
Expected schedule for notifications:
Notification of informal decision of invitation – by August 20, 2017
Official notification of invitation (after finalization of budget) – by September 20, 2017