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A Doctor and A Research Assistant from Latvia Invited for Training

HICARE invited, for training on diagnosis of radiation disorders, a doctor and a research assistant from Latvia who are engaged in studies for the support of people exposed to radiation in the Chernobyl nuclear accident.

Names and Titles of Trainees:

Jolanta Cirule
Occupational Physician
Outpatient Department of Medical Center of Occupational and Radiological Medicine
Paul Stradins Clinical University Hospital

Inese Martinsone
Research Assistant, Laboratory of Hygiene and Occupational Diseases
Riga Stradins University

Period of Training:

September 30, 2010 to December 3, 2010

Training Organizations (in order of visits):

Radiation Effects Research Foundation
Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Casualty Council
Kurakake Nozomi-en (A-bomb survivors nursing home)
Nagasaki Association for Hibakusha's Medical Care and their affiliated organizations
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and others

Training Course:

Diagnosis of radiation disorders

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

Training with doctors from Hawaii, U.S.A. at Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Casualty Council

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

A training session

Dr. Cirule (left) and Ms. Martinsone receiving certificates of achievement from Dr. Tomonori Hayashi, Assistant Department Chief of Department of Radiobiology/Molecular Epidemiology, Radiation Effects Research Foundation


In Latvia, Dr. Cirule provides Chernobyl nuclear plant accident clean-up workers and their children with medical treatment and works on a database containing information of the clean-up workers and patients with occupational diseases. He said "I want to utilize the new knowledge the HICARE training will provide to me for more effective care of Chernobyl power plant accident clean-up workers and their children, and improve our database."
Ms. Martinsone works in a laboratory which investigates various risk factors in the workplace and estimates the possible impact they have upon workers and human health. She also studies the metal content in Chernobyl nuclear accident clean-up workers' blood. She said "Through the training, I want to expand the field of research covered by my laboratory, and deepen the understanding of radiation effects on Chernobyl clean-up workers."
They were impressed by Japan's research on radiation effects which goes back more than 60 years. They said "Working with the doctors was so exciting. They gave us numerous tips on laboratory work methods we could not learn from medical papers."

On the last day with people from the Radiation Effects Research Foundation