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Russia: Researcher Training Program

HICARE invited a researcher from the Medical Radiological Research Center in Russia for three months of training at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation.

Name and Position:

Anna P. Shinkarkina
Senior Scientific Researcher, Medical Radiological Research Center


September 5 to November 24, 2005

Training Organization (in the order of training):

Radiation Effects Research Foundation
Hiroshima A-bomb Casualty Council
Hiroshima University Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine

Training Course:

Course on assessment of biological effects of radiation

Dr. Shinkarkina (the third from left), Dr. Eguchi (the second from left), and other training staffs at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation


I’m happy and very grateful to Hiroshima International Council for Health Care of the Radiation-Exposed for so profitable training. I thank kindly Dr. Dohy, President of HICARE, Mr. Sasaki, Secretary General, and all persons gave lectures for me, and organized my scientific and culture programs. I extend my particularly gratitude to Dr. Neriishi.

HICARE has organized perfect training program for me. I had opportunities to do a lot of experiments having necessary reagents. I had a chance to visit some institutes and clinics in Hiroshima and Nagasaki to communicate with famous scientists and specialist in the fields of Radiobiology, Molecular Biology and Epidemiology.
So, I am very grateful to the host organization - Radiation Effects Research Foundation for the opportunity to be a trainee in this institute.
I extend my thanks to Dr. Ohkubo, Dr. Waldren and Mr. Teramoto. I thank Dr. Nakachi and all colleagues from the Department of Radiobiology/ Epidemiology for their effective cooperation. Thanks very much Dr. Eguchi who helped me to learn different up-to-date methods of molecular biology and to understand a lot of theoretical questions.

I worked with cell cultures, sera and smears, isolated DNA and RNA, conducted PCR and RT PCR, did transformation and sequence. It was very interesting, and it was very useful for my work in Russia.
I am sure the new knowledge and practical skills allow me considerably advance our studies and would be useful in improving the life quality of cancer patients and people suffering after the nuclear catastrophe in Chernobyl.

Medical Activities in Russia:

I am a senior researcher at the Medical Radiological Research Center in Obninsk.
It is the leading institution in Russia dealing with the problems of Radiobiology, Medical Radiology and healthcare of radiation exposed.

Research activities of the Department of Radiation Biochemistry, where I work, are connected with the development of new ways for timely diagnostic, therapy and prevention of human oncological diseases, particularly in persons suffered after Chernobyl accident.

Now I deal with the investigation of human papillomavirus (HPV) role in cervical cancer. We estimate the impact of the viral load and physical status of HPV DNA high oncogenic risk type on response to radiotherapy and evaluate the utility of serum HPV DNA as a marker for early detection of recurrence in cervical cancer patients.