HICARE sends delegation to Europe for discussions with IAEA on radiation medicine

by Takuya Murata, Staff Writer

The Hiroshima International Council for Health Care of the Radiation-exposed (HICARE), an organization supported by Hiroshima Prefecture, Hiroshima City, and other entities, will dispatch a delegation to Europe for a period of six days starting October 31. The delegation will visit the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA, located in Vienna, Austria), with which they have exchanged a memorandum agreeing to cooperate in efforts related to radiation medicine, and engage in discussions to advance their collaboration.

The delegation is comprised of six members, including Chairman Hiroo Dohy (president of the Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital and Atomic Bomb Survivors Hospital), Director Kazunori Kodama (head researcher at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation), Director Satoru Tashiro (professor at Hiroshima University's Research Institution for Radiation and Medicine), and Director Masahiro Sasaki (director of the Health and Welfare Affairs Bureau for the Hiroshima Prefectural Government).

This will be the first time that HICARE representatives are visiting IAEA headquarters since the signing of the agreement. On November 1 and 2 they will meet with Mohamad Daud, the deputy director general of the IAEA, and his associates to discuss the joint projects described in the memorandum.

More specifically, they will confer on such issues as the establishment of an IAEA recommendation slot within HICARE’s effort to accept foreign medical interns and deploy students studying radiation medicine within the prefecture as interns. They will also discuss themes and methods for a joint research project.

Among the delegation members, Dr. Dohy and Dr. Sasaki will visit the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), both located in Geneva, Switzerland. They will explore the possibility of joint projects in the future, such as holding seminars introducing HICARE’s work in Geneva.


The Hiroshima International Council for Health Care of the Radiation-exposed (HICARE)
HICARE was established on April 1991, following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that occurred in the former Soviet Union (present-day Ukraine). With the aim of advancing radiation medicine in order to support radiation victims around the world, HICARE accepts foreign medical interns and deploy experts. Comprised of medical and research organizations such as Hiroshima Prefecture, Hiroshima City, the Prefectural Medical Association, the City Medical Association, Hiroshima University’s Research Institution for Radiation and Medicine and the Radiation Effects Research Foundation, the executive office is located in the prefectural government building.

(Originally published on October 29, 2011)