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24th Local Liaison Council meeting held at Nagasaki RERF

Scene of 24th Local Liaison Council meeting in Nagasaki

The 24th meeting of the Nagasaki Local Liaison Council (NLLC) was held in the third-floor conference room at Nagasaki RERF on September 9, 2015. Of 20 Council members, 12 were in attendance.

Prior to the start of the meeting, Chief of Secretariat Eiji Akimoto introduced new Council members. After greetings by RERF Chairman Ohtsura Niwa, the proceedings got underway, with NLLC Chairman Shigeru Katamine (President of Nagasaki University) presiding over the meeting.

Dr. Niwa first reported on the present status of RERF, and Vice Chairman and Executive Director Robert L. Ullrich and Acting Chief Ayumi Hida, Nagasaki Department of Clinical Studies, reported on recent research and the Clinical Study of the F1 Offspring of A-bomb Survivors, respectively. Subsequently, Vice Director Kunio Yamaguchi, RERF Nagasaki Biosample Center, reported on the status of the Center, followed by a report on progress being made in the collaborative study with the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) by Chief Yoichiro Kusunoki, Department of Radiobiology/Molecular Epidemiology. Chief Scientist Kazunori Kodama and Executive Director Takanobu Teramoto then gave explanations of the Epidemiological Study of Health Effects in Fukushima Emergency Workers and RERF’s public relations activities, respectively.

Each of the above reports was followed by a question-and-answer session and active debate among the Council members, including such topics as data in RERF’s possession and RERF’s research achievements, resulting in the expression of valuable opinions.

Dr. Katamine concluded the 24th NLLC meeting with the following closing remarks: “The objectives of this Council are to compile requests from the local community and have them reflected in RERF’s operations. I hope that RERF can fully review and then utilize the comments and opinions expressed during this meeting in that way in the future.”

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