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Designation Ceremony and Seminar for HICARE as an IAEA Collaborating Center

  May 2014, Hiroshima International Council for Health Care of the Radiation-exposed (HICARE) was designated as a collaborating center (*1) for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). After National Institute of Radiological Sciences in Chiba, HICARE became the second such collaborating center in Japan. HICARE, however, is the first consortium to be designated as a collaborating center by IAEA.
  To mark this occasion, on May 26, 2014, HICARE held a designation ceremony and seminar at the Rihga Royal Hotel in Hiroshima City.

[ Designation Ceremony ]
  Dr. Rethy Chhem of IAEA (Director of Division of Human Health) presented the designation plaque to Dr. Okubo (President of HICARE) in the presence of a number of dignitaries including the Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture and the Mayor of Hiroshima City.
  HICARE will further its contribution to the international society through closer collaboration with IAEA in the field of “Capacity Building in Radiation Effects and Human Health” – a message engraved on the plaque.

With the plaque

From left, Dr. Dohy, Dr. Hiramatsu, the Mayor - Mr. Matsui, Dr. Okubo, Dr. Chhem, Governor Yuzaki, Mr. Asahara - President of Hiroshima University, and Dr. Matsumura

[ Seminar ]
  After the designation ceremony, a seminar titled “HICARE’s contribution to the world” was held to commemorate the occasion. In spite of the rain, more than 100 people turned out for the event.


Rethy K. Chhem
Director, Division of Human Health, IAEA
Role of the IAEA in Global Radiation Medicine

Lecture IIKenji Kamiya
Vice President, Hiroshima University
Professor, Hiroshima University Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine
International Contribution and Support to Fukushima through Medical Care for Radiation-exposed
Lecture IIIKazunori Kodama
Chief Scientist, Radiation Effects Research Foundation
Basic Research on Medical Care for A-bomb Survivors and International Contribution

Lecture of Dr. Chhem

Lecture of Dr. Kamiya

Lecture of Dr. Kodama

*1 Collaborating Center
IAEA designates institutions with advanced technologies (that meet the IAEA requirements) as collaborating centers to promote projects related to research, technological development, education/training, etc. in collaboration with IAEA.

2011 HICARE International Symposium – in cooperation with the IAEA

OutlineRefer to the “REPORT” (194 pages) on the International Symposium.

540 audiences in total
(380 people on Nov. 23 for general public, 160 people on Nov. 24 for medical personnel)

Audience feedback

[Keynote speech]
"It was efficiently summarized, easy to understand, well targeted for the general public." "These topics were exactly what I wanted to hear about, so I'm very satisfied." - We received many high-marked comments.
"I was amazed to know that the panelists have been working on their fields for such a long time." "I understood about the 'All-Hiroshima' commitments consisting of the Governor, researchers, and medical doctors." - We succeeded in promoting HICARE activities.
"I could have understood it better if there had been more time for a panel-discussion." - Many people wanted to hear a discussion between the panelists.
[Special Lecture]
"I could gain a new point of view on these disastrous accidents. I received good tips for the future." "The lecture was very easy to understand, and very practical." "The lecture made me feel that I wanted to take action immediately. I would like to share the information and knowledge at my workplace." - Many participants gave us very positive comments.
"Basic knowledge must be shared with all people." "This kind of information must be promoted to the entire society through various media sources." - Many people are hoping that we can further enhance public awareness.
"Education on the effects of radiation must be stressed." "This kind of opportunity must be available at different places." - People are expecting this program to be held also at schools, and outside Hiroshima City.
We confirmed the high effectiveness of printed promotional tools such as posters and flyers to attract audiences, as many of them said they got to know the Symposium through such sources.