Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine

Message from the Director

In 1961, our institute was founded in order to develop basic research and applications for the treatment and prevention of health disorders induced by A-bomb fallout and other radiation exposures. With the introduction of the accumulated new knowledge from genome science, regenerative medicine and molecular epidemiology, the institute reorganized in 2002 and then began generating many interesting results which have become known all over the world. All of the professors and associate professors of this institute have joined the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences to teach radiation biology and medicine. They also lead the graduate students toward obtaining their doctorate and support them to become established researchers and medical doctors.

Outline

This institute is one of the largest university research institutes in the field of radiation biomedical science in Japan. In 2002, the institute reorganized to promote our distinguished research on the biological effects of radiation and their applications for the treatment and prevention of health disorders induced by A-bomb and radiation. For these purposes, current research subjects such as epidemiological analysis of the data and specimens from A-bomb disaster victims and estimation of radiation doses of A-bomb survivors using various physical methods, elucidation of molecular mechanisms of radiation diseases originating from genome damage and development of regenerative medical treatments for acute radiation injury are being extensively conducted. We aim to establish the institute as the world center of excellence in radiation injury medicine and development of effective treatments. The institute is composed of four divisions including Genome Biology, Clinical and Experimental Oncology, Radiation and Regeneration Control, and Bio-Medical Informatics. In addition, the International Radiation Information Center and one attached center called Radiation Research Center for Frontier Science have been organized. All professors and associate professors of the institute have joined the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences to teach radiation biology and medicine.


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