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Radiation Emergency Medicine

From the point of view of social risk management, preparedness for radiation accidents is very important, although these accidents occur rarely. Because of the large number of nuclear power-related facilities in Aomori Prefecture, as part of its efforts to ensure the safety and reassurance of residents in the region, Hirosaki University has been working on measures for the development of radiation emergency medicine that can be used in the event of radiation accidents. Cultivation of talent and establishment of a structure for radiation emergency medicine have been undertaken by the Graduate School of Health Sciences. Furthermore, the gInstitute of Radiation Emergency Medicineh and the gEmergency and Disaster Medical Centerh were established in Hirosaki University and its Hospital. Thus, the university as a whole contributed to the establishment of a system for implementing radiation emergency medicine protocols and to the development of personnel research and education that support such a system. In addition, the gHirosaki University Radiation Safety Organizationh was formed to integrate the various schemes, and the school as a whole has promoted radiation emergency medicine under a directive from the President of the University. In 2010, Hirosaki University initiated an educational program, the gEducational Program for Professionals in Radiation Emergency Medicine,h to train those people who have sufficient knowledge and skills and can provide support to medical care professionals during a radiation emergency. Because this program is based on the revitalization plan of the region developed by governing body of Aomori Prefecture, we are making efforts to focus on talent with various types of job profiles. Therefore, we planned to publish an academic journal with a focus on radiation emergency medicine in order to share the results of the activities that are undertaken as part of the educational program. On March 11, 2011, soon after this program was initiated, an earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale and a subsequent tsunami caused extensive damage to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station operated by the Tokyo Electric Power Company. This serious accident shocked the world, and therefore, we have a responsibility to continue efforts aimed at determining the effect of radioactivity on human beings. Therefore, the implications of this educational program will be important, and we have a responsibility to disseminate information regarding radiation emergency medicine. We expect that this journal will contribute to the development of radiation emergency medicine in the future.

Ikuo Kashiwakura, Ph.D.
Shinji Tokonami, Ph.D.
Editor-in-chief
Radiation Emergency Medicine

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  • 2015-09-30
    The latest issue has been uploaded. And Instructions for Authors were revised.
  • 2015-03-31
    The latest issue has been uploaded. And Editorial Board and Instructions for Authors were revised.
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    The latest issue has been uploaded. And Editorial Board and Instructions for Authors were revised.
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  • 2013-10-17
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Radiation Emergency Medicine Vol.4 No.2 buy the now
Vol.4, No.2
ReleaseFAugust 2015
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