Doctors report on effects of radiation as annual meeting begins in Hiroshima

by Uzaemonnaotsuka Tokai, Staff Writer

On November 11, the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Japan Radiation Research Society began at the Minami Ward Community Cultural Center in Hiroshima. About 450 doctors and researchers from throughout Japan are reporting on and discussing the effects of radiation on the human body, among other things, through November 13.

On the first day, a symposium on the theme of "Global transmission of information in the research field of radiation effects" was held, and Kazunori Kodama, chief scientist at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Minami Ward, Hiroshima, delivered a speech.

Dr. Kodama pointed out that past research on radiation mainly focused on a survey of the cancer-causing risk and that research on risk involving other diseases, other than cancer, is "insufficient in quality and quantity." He argued that more extensive research in this area is needed.

This is the seventh time the Japan Radiation Research Society has held its annual meeting in Hiroshima, following the annual meeting in 2005. During the 52nd annual meeting, the participants will present their research findings on 78 themes. Workshops and special lectures will be held as well, while research presentations will be shared with posters displayed at the venue. On November 12, Sunao Tsuboi, chair of the Hiroshima Prefectural Confederation of A-bomb Sufferers Organizations, will relate his experience of the atomic bombing.

(Originally published on November 12, 2009)