Major Efforts Carried Out by Hiroshima University Hospital

Opening of International Center for Lymphedema

(From left) Assistant Prof. Yoshida and Director Koshima

In April 2017, Hiroshima University Hospital opened the International Center for Lymphedema. Despite approximately 120,000 people suffering from lymphedema in Japan alone, Japan has lagged behind other nations in establishing a research base for the treatment of lymphedema. Isao Koshima, Director of the International Center for Lymphedema, has successfully introduced surgical therapy with lymphatic vessel and vein anastomosis, helping to enhance public awareness of lymphedema as a curable and preventable disease.

The Center is committed not only to treating patients with lymphedema but also to educating and training physicians specializing in this disease and promoting research for new treatment procedures.

Medical assistance agreement concluded with soccer team Sanfrecce Hiroshima

(From left) Former Director Okuhira (Mazda Hospital), former President Orita (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), former Director Hirakawa and Prof. Adachi (Hiroshima University Hospital)

On May 15, 2017, Hiroshima University Hospital and Mazda Hospital each concluded a medical assistance agreement with the professional soccer team Sanfrecce Hiroshima. The aim of the agreement is to help enhance the athletic performance of the local soccer team by providing medical support – including physical checkups and healthcare guidance – to the team’s players and other staff members.

Using unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) to develop blood sample transport technology

Drone taking off

A joint research project proposed by Hiroshima University, NTT Docomo Inc. and others was adopted as a “FY2017 R&D Programme for Regional Innovation by ICT” of the Strategic Information and Communications R&D Promotion Programme (SCOPE), launched by the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. The project aims to carry out technological research and development that enables unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, to transport blood samples and other medical supplies needed in emergency situations.

On December 15, 2017, a simulation carrying blood samples by drone was conducted in the town of Osaki Kamijima, Toyota-gun, Hiroshima Prefecture.

2017 Health Science Symposium held at Hiroshima University Hospital

Former Director Katsuhiro Hirakawa (right) welcoming Superintendent Wayne Huey-Herng Sheu

The 2017 Health Science Symposium was held by Hiroshima University Hospital (HUH) and Taichung Veterans General Hospital (in Taiwan) on November 17, 2017 at HUH. Physicians from both medical institutions delivered presentations regarding their current hospital’s status in the fields of surgery, anesthesiology and urology, which was followed by a lively discussion among participants. The more than four-hour symposium proved to be a significant and valuable opportunity to promote exchanges between the two hospitals.

Hiroshima University Hospital signs exchange agreement with National Cancer Center, Mongolia

Commemorative photo after the signing ceremony

On March 28, 2018, Hiroshima University Hospital concluded an international exchange agreement with the National Cancer Center in Mongolia (NCCM) to carry out joint initiatives.

The signing ceremony was attended by Mongolian-born sumo Yokozuna Hakuho at the invitation of NCCM’s General Director. His attendance symbolizes the amicable relations between Japan and Mongolia.

This agreement is expected to further promote interactions between the faculty members of the two medical institutions.

Fukushima reconstruction support by Hiroshima University

(From left) Vice Chief Director Tanigawa and Executive Adviser Kikuchi of Fukushima Medical University; Fukushima Governor Uchibori; President Ochi of Hiroshima University; former Director Hirakawa of Hiroshima University Hospital, and Vice President Kamiya of Hiroshima University

Since the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred in March 2011, Hiroshima University has made devoted efforts to support the reconstruction of disaster-affected areas through medical services, by sending a total of some 1,300 medical professionals, including special medical teams for radiation-exposed patients and radiation specialists, to Fukushima. In April 2016, the Fukushima Medical Support Center was established at Hiroshima University Hospital. Internal medical physicians have been transferred to Fukushima Medical University since October 2016 and emergency physicians since May 2018 to help the construction of a medical care system in the Futaba area of Fukushima Prefecture.

In February 2018, Mr. Masao Uchibori, Governor of Fukushima Prefecture, made a courtesy visit to Mitsuo Ochi, President of Hiroshima University, in gratitude for the reconstruction support.