Global Medical Crises: Children and the Elderly

 
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Oct 16, 2012

Colloquium on Radiation Psychology and Physiology

Dr. Kato
Dr. Kato
The international colloquia conducted to date have been a major touchstone for the accomplishments of IMCRA in enhancing medical services to the people of Tohoku.  There have been two conferences in 2012.  The first dealt with general medical and psychological issues affecting the people of Tohoku.  The second dealt specifically with radiation psychology and physiology.  Both conferences were held onsite at Fukushima Medical University and attracted 179 and 203 attendees respectively, both onsite and via remote hookup.  The keynote address for the radiation conference, offered by Dr. Akashi of the National Radiological Institute, captured both the concerns of the exposed populations and the reality of the crisis they face on a daily basis.  Additional radiation exposure information provided by our guests from Oak Ridge in the U.S. brought the scientific underpinnings of the crisis into a sharper focus for all attendees.
Onsite registrants self-identified as physicians, public health nurses, community services coordinators/teachers, and the general public, with the representation of each approximately 25%.  This fit our anticipated goals in reaching those people who were involved in community interactions and would have the greatest impact on affected populations. Most  importantly, these events have been a major driving force behind enhancing the reach of the IMCRA system and improving networking with and between medical professionals in Tohoku.   At each conference we collected contact information for 30 or 40 attendees who went out of their way to show a strong interest in the system. Following each conference, we have used these contacts to advertise IMCRA’s services and resources to a progressively wider audience.  Registrants and attendees have represented displaced communities in Sendai, Minamisoma, Miyako, Fukushima, Morioka, Iwaki, Kesenuma, Soma, Ofunato and Kamaishi.
The IMCRA site itself has been enhanced to enable visitors to have the greatest latitude in accessing colloquium presentations as well as our baseline videos sorted by medical specialty.  A major reconstitution of the system is presently underway to facilitate this in line with our next symposium which will be held in association with the Japanese Red Cross in Sendai on the 10th and 11th of November 2012.  This upcoming conference will deal specifically with long-term medical issues facing children and the elderly in Myagi specifically.
Dr. Hedberg
Dr. Hedberg
Dr. Akashi
Dr. Akashi
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Dr. Thomas G. Hedberg

Executive Director
New York, NY United States

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Map of Global Medical Crises: Children and the Elderly