History and Aims

1962 The Atomic Bomb Disease Institute was established for the purpose of universal basic research with regard to radiation medicine and the late effects of radiation on the human body. New departments had been established and incorporated every year until 1967, when six departments (Departments of Pathological Biochemistry, Radiation Biophysics, Pathology, Hematology, Human Genetics and Preventive Medicine) were completed. The Institute has studied the effects of residual radiation, pathological and epidemiological approaches to various
atomic bomb irradiation-related diseases, and clarification of the relationship between radiation dose and radiation-induced leukemia and other malignant diseases.
1972 The Medical Data Center for the Atomic Bomb was established with the purpose of data collection and arrangement and preservation of materials from Atomic Bomb victims to better understand the effects of the atomic bomb disaster.
1974 The Medical Data Center for the Atomic Bomb was reorganized into the Scientific Data Center for the Atomic Bomb Disaster.
1989 The 25th anniversary book of foundation of the institute was published.PDFPDF-9.6MB
1997 The Atomic Bomb Disease Institute and the Scientific Data Center for the Atomic Bomb Disaster were combined to regenerate as the new Atomic Bomb Disease Institute. Our purpose after reorganization is to clarify the molecular mechanisms underlying radiation injuries by Atomic Bomb and other radiation-related accidents, and to develop novel treatment modalities including molecular targeting therapy and gene therapy to Hibakusha. We have been pursuing epidemiological studies, clarification of the mechanisms for radiation effects
from at individual and cellular levels to molecular and genetic levels, development of methods for molecular diagnosis of Hibakusha, basic and translational research of molecular targeting therapy and gene therapy, and international cooperation to provide improved medical care for radiation-exposed people worldwide.
Furthermore, we have already started our work as an international research institute with an information center for medical care of late effects of radiation.
2001 The research building was renewed.
2002 The 21st century COE program "International Consortium for Medical Care of Hibakusha and Radiation Life Science" was adopted by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
2007 The Global COE Program of "Global Strategic Center for Radiation Health Risk Control" was adopted by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
2013 The 50th memorial symposium of foundation of the institute was held.
Reorganized into research institute affiliated to Nagasaki University.

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