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Special Lecture on Cancer Professional Training Plan -- the Current Situation of Heavy Ion Treatment and Future Prospects

2010-12-24 (Fri) 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

As part of the Cancer Professional Training Plan a lecture will be held on Friday, December 24. The lecturer is Dr. Yasuo HIRAO, Doctor of Science, Professor Emeritus of The University of Tokyo, Honorary Fellow and Former Director of the National Institute of Radiological Sciences, and Standing Director of the Association for Nuclear Technology in Medicine.

Dr. Hirao's research fields include nuclear physics, accelerator physics, and their applications for medicine. He participated in the construction of the cyclotron, the first cyclotron after World War II in order to revive the study of nuclear physics after the devastation of the war. Since then he has developed many advanced apparatuses, including the first sectoral cyclotron in Japan and the first heavy ion accumulation ring in the world. The heavy ion cyclotron of the National Institute of Radiological Sciences that he last completed achieved remarkable success as the first heavy ion medical apparatus in the world for cancer treatment, an apparatus that provided a new option for cancer treatment.

He was awarded the Medal with Purple Ribbon in 1997, Orders of the Sacred Treasure 2nd Class in 2002, and Princess Takamatsu Cancer Research Fund Award in 2005 for his great achievements.

The heavy ion cancer treatment has achieved high cure rate in combination with surgical oncology, medical oncology, and pediatric oncology, at the same time, radically reducing adverse side-effects. This treatment has significantly increased options in cancer treatment. Furthermore, his achievements are in fields requiring continuous research on a wide range of basic sciences including nuclear physics, accelerator physics, and basic medicine.

Japan has excellent knowledge in clinical applications in heavy ion cancer treatment, leading the world, and has taken the initiative in setting up heavy ion cancer treatment facilities at home and abroad.

Osaka University has a wide range of outstanding personnel to promote science including heavy ion cancer treatment and their full-fledged contributions are expected. In this special lecture, he will speak about the current situation of heavy ion treatment and its future prospect in an easy-to-understand manner.

We look forward to seeing many persons in attendance at this seminar!

Including discussion time, this event may run a bit longer than planned.


Prof. Teruki TESHIMA, Graduate School of Medicine

Prof. Hiroshi TOKI, Research Center for Nuclear Physics

Date: 2010-12-24 (Fri) 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Organizer: Cancer Professional Training Plan
Venue: Hankyu Railway & Sanwa Bank Hall, 3rd floor, Icho Hall, Osaka University
Registration: Not necessary.
Contact: Cancer Professional Training Plan, Medical Physicist Training Course

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