Program of Radiation Biology and Medicine(Doctoral Course)

The absolute shortage of researchers in radiobiology / protection for the safe use of radiation and physicians with high expertise in radiology has increased an urgent need. However, the exact number of facilities to foster such personnel is also lacking in the world. In Japan, decreased number of departments involved in radiological basic medicine in universities has caused a loss of education and research infrastructures in radiation. The same situation also has occurred in western countries.  
Therefore, it is an urgent matter to establish institutions that can provide systematic graduate education on radiology at the international level. Hiroshima University has built Program of Radiation Biology and Medicine, Division of Biomedical Sciences in the Graduate School of Biomedical & Health Sciences independently from other medical fields. And Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine (RIRBM) has also contributed to graduate studies in radiation injury medicine through the frontier research activities with applications of valuable scientific materials accumulated by RIRBM to postgraduate education.
Program of Radiation Biology and Medicine continuously placed in the new Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences provides systematic and comprehensive education extended from radiation effects, radiation injury medicine, and radiation risks based on radiation biology to clinical radiology, strengthened by collaboration with academic staff of clinical radiology and RIRBM. 
The postgraduate program offers systematic radiological education that is said to be the only one in the world. This made possible through research assets and education / research organizations for radiation damage accumulated by Hiroshima University in a bombed city, Hiroshima.
Thus, the establishment of Program of Radiation Biology and Medicine in the graduate program is very important from the international perspective responding to world’s expectations on human resources in the field of radiology.

Personnel Development

The program aims to cultivate the following personnel:

  • Those who can conduct advanced and systematic education / research extending from basic research to clinical radiology concerning the effect of radiation on human body
  • Those who can widely develop the acquired knowledge and technology from local community to international society

Education / Research Objectives

In order to cultivate the personnel above, the program aims to provide opportunities to acquire the following skills:

  • Ability to acquire the knowledge biological / human health effects of radiation and their mechanisms with clinical applications
  • Ability to acquire the knowledge on mechanisms / therapies of radiation damage and risks with radiological applications 
  • Ability to develop fundamental / clinical knowledge of radiological diagnoses and therapies acquired through the program

Career Paths after Completion

  1. Highly skilled doctors in radiation
  2. Institutional / corporate researchers involved in radiation research and protection
  3. Institutional / corporate researchers involved in radiation safety and protection
  4. Advanced specialists who can take leadership roles at international institutions related to radiological research and the foremost of radiotherapies, and educators / researchers in the field of radiation science with medical backgrounds  
  5. Academic staff

3 Policies for Program of Radiation Biology and Medicine (Doctoral Course)

Diploma Policy

Degrees (Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Science or Doctor of Philosophy) are conferred on students who complete necessary credits; pass their thesis review / the final examination, after receiving research guidance, and fulfill the following qualities: 

  • Ability to conduct advanced and systematic education / research extending from basic research to clinical radiology concerning the effect of radiation on human body
  • Ability to widely develop the acquired knowledge and technology from local community to international society

Curriculum Policy

The program enforces the educational curriculum organized under the following policies based on the diploma policy.

  1. The program offers the curriculum consisting of lectures, advanced seminars and research.
  2. Students acquire a rich sense of humanity taking mandatory subjects on life/clinical ethics.
  3. The program offers omnibus lecture courses as common subjects to acquire an extensive specialized knowledge necessary for radiological research.
  4. The program offers specialized subjects for the program to acquire advanced level of expert knowledge and research competency in the field of radiology.

Admission Policy

Based on the diploma policy and curriculum policy, Division of Biomedical Sciences is seeking the following students:

  1. Those who are willing to be engaged in basic and clinical advanced research in the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmaceutical science and radiation medical science
  2. Those who are willing to acquire basic and clinical knowledge widely in life science or radiation biology and medicine, beyond the current frameworks of the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmaceutical science and radiation medical science
  3. Those who are willing to be engaged in highly advanced medical treatment
  4. Those who are willing to obtain high expertise and play an active role internationally in the fields of medicine, dentistry, and pharmaceutical science and radiation medical science
  5. Those who are willing to continue their career enhancement in a medical field and contribute to community health care as members of the society

Syllabus

Departments

Cellular Biology Molecular Radiobiology Disease Model
Genetics and Cell Biology Human Genetics Molecular Oncology
Experimental Oncology Stem Cell Biology Radiation Disaster Medicine
Hematology and Oncology Surgical Oncology Epidemiology
Environmetrics and Biometrics Radiation Biophysics (Radiation Effects Research Foundation)
Functions of Biological Defense Genome
(Radiation Effects Research Foundation)
Epidemiology of Radiation Effects on Health
(Radiation Effects Research Foundation)
Analysis of radiation-induced mutations
(National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology, National Institute of Radiological Sciences)
Charged Particle Therapy and Molecular Imaging
(National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology, National Institute of Radiological Sciences)
Radiation Protection and Radiation Emergency Medicine


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