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Latvia: Doctor Traninig Program

HICARE invited a doctor from Latvia for one-month of training.

Name and Position:

Natalja Kurjane
Occupational Physician, Immunologist
Centre of Occupational and Radiological Medicine, Paula Stradina University Hospital


September 11 to October 10, 2006

With Dr. Kimura, Professor of Hiroshima University Institute for Radiation Biology & Medicine (second from the right), and training staff

Training Organizations (in order of occurrence):

Hiroshima University Research Institute for Radiation Biology & Medicine
Radiation Effects Research Foundation
Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital and A-bomb Survivors Hospital
Hiroshima A-bomb Casualty Council
Visits to the Peace Memorial Museum and other A-bomb related sites

Training Course:

Diagnosis of radiation related disorders


HICARE’s training was well-organized and efficiently planned.
I was impressed with the efficient methodology and the state-of-art equipment at the various research institutes and clinical hospitals. I was honored to make the acquaintance of many doctors and scientists, many of who I would like to keep in touch with in the future. The colleagues at each training institute were very kind, ready to answer my questions, and pondered many questions and clinical matters at my center in Latvia together with me.
Training such as this is ideal for doctors engaged in research and clinical and educational activities (including teaching activities) simultaneously as it allows us to integrate more effectively and provides a significant push towards further progress.

Medical activities in Latvia:

I work at the Centre of Occupational and Radiological Medicine, an institute of the Paula Stradina Clinical University Hospital ?Ethe biggest hospital in Latvia. I am working as an occupational physician and clinical immunologist ?Eadditionally preventive pathologist - at both the Emergency Medicine Dep. and the Hospitalized Dep. Most patients I take care of are Chernobyl clean-up workers.
As a researcher, I am also involved in research and educational activities at the Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health of the Riga's Stradin's University - once called the Latvia Medical Academy.

Meeting with Mr. Matsumura, Deputy Director-General (first from the left), and Mr. Oochi, Director (second from the left), Atomic Bomb Survivors Relief Department, Hiroshima City Government