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Dr. Rethy K. Chhem from IAEA visited HICARE

Dr. Chhem in a Joint Press Conference

On August 6, 2010, IAEA and HICARE signed the Practical Arrangements in the field of medical care for radiation-exposed people. The collaboration activities are: training, joint research, enhancement of public awareness, and information exchange in medical treatment.
To promote this collaboration, we invited Dr. Rethy K. Chemm, Director of Division of Human Health, Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications, IAEA. He visited organizations and institutions affiliated with HICARE and held discussions with HICARE executive secretaries.

Visitor's Profile:

Name and Title
Rethy K. Chhem, M.D.,Ph.D. 
Director of Division of Human Health, Dept. of Nuclear Sciences and Applications, 
Abridged Curriculum Vitae
Joint the IAEA in November 2008
-Involved in developing programs in radiology/NM, radio-oncology, medical physics and nuclear technology in nutrition and environment-health related projects in more than a hundred countries across the globe
-Serves on the Medical Council of Canada and is a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Adjunct professor at the Medical University of Vienna, at the Institute for History, Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine, Ulm University and at the University of Health Sciences Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Period of Visit:

August 3, 2011 to August 6, 2011

Schedule of Visit:

August 3
-Joint Press Conference
-Hiroshima University Hospital, Advanced Emergency and Critical Care Center
-Hiroshima University, Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine
-Hiroshima Prefectural Medical Association

August 4
-Kurakake Nozomi-en (A-bomb survivors nursing home)
-Courtesy visit to Hiroshima Prefectural Governor
-Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Casualty Council

August 5
-Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital and Atomic-Bomb Survivors Hospital
-Radiation Effects Research Foundation
-Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and other related places

August 6
-Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony

With Dr. Koichi Tanigawa, Chief of Advanced Emergency and Critical Care Center, Hiroshima University Hospital (Dr. Chhem talking to Dr. Nobuyuki Hirohashi, Associate Professor of the same center, who was in Fukushima prefecture for support activities)

Visit to Hiroshima University Research Institute of Radiation Biology and Medicine. With Dr. Kenji Kamiya, Director (2nd from left), Dr. Satoshi Tashiro, Professor (2nd from right), and other doctors.

At Hiroshima Prefectural Medical Association. (From left in front: Dr. Shizuteru Usui, President; Dr. Chhem. From left in back: Dr. Yoshimi Hidani, Vice President; Dr. Jitsuro Yanagida, Member of Board of Directors)

With Dr. Nanao Kamada, Board Chairman of Hiroshima A-Bomb Survivors Relief Foundation

Visit to Hidehiko Yuzaki, Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture

With Dr. Hideo Sasaki, Director of Health Management & Promotion Center, Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Casualty Council

With Dr. Hiroo Dohy, HICARE President (President of Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital & Atomic-Bomb Survivors Hospital)

At Radiation Effects Research Foundation. (From left in front: Dr. Roy E. Shore, Vice Chairman; Dr. Chhem; Dr. Toshiteru Okubo, Chairman. From left in back: Dr. Evan B. Douple, Associate Chief of Research; Dr. Kazunori Kodama, Chief Scientist; Dr. Nori Nakamura, Chief Scientist; Mr. Takanobu Teramoto, Executive Director)

Dr. Chhem looking into a microscope at Radiation Effects Research Center. (Left: Dr. Yoshiaki Kodama, Department Chief, Department of Genetics)

At Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony with Dr. Kazunori Kodama, Chief Scientist of Radiation Effects Research Foundation (left)

Dr. Chhem standing with Atomic-bomb Dome in the back

With Dr. Hiroo Dohy, HICARE President (President of Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital & Atomic-Bomb Survivors Hospital, left) and Dr. Kazunori Kodama, Chief Scientist of Radiation Effects Research Foundation (right)

Some Comments by Dr. Chhem:

 "We attach a lot of importance to the Practical Agreements between HICARE and the IAEA and I have established very good channels of communication with the people involved in HICARE this time.
 I visited many institutions affiliated with HICARE and I was impressed with the fact that they have continued research on radiation effects such as collection and analysis of numerous data since the Atomic-bombing. For instance, Hiroshima University Hospital has established a superior radiation emergency preparedness system.
 Visiting the nursing home for the A-bomb survivors (Kurakake Nozomi-en), made me recognize the significance of human touch which many scientists tend to be lacking in. I was also honored to attend the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony, and this was also impressive for me personally.
 Together with HICARE, we would like to make our utmost contribution to the health care for the radiation-exposed people in the world."