Okayama University and IAEA Sign Agreement to Cooperate on Research and Higher Education in Radioactive Waste Management
July 03, 2015
Okayama University and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) concluded the agreement “Practical Arrangements for Cooperation between Okayama University and International Atomic Energy Agency in the Area of Research and Higher Education in Radioactive Waste Management” at a signing ceremony held at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna, Austria on June 29. Dr. Mikhail Chudakov, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy, and Prof. Shinichi Yamamoto, Executive Director and Vice President (Research) of Okayama University attended the ceremony. The agreement calls for Okayama University and the IAEA to cooperate to improve the arrangements for research and higher education with regard to technical and social issues concerning radioactive waste, and implement global-level human resource development and information sharing in this area.
Following the signing ceremony, Executive Director and Vice President Shinichi Yamamoto; Prof. Hideki Matsui, Graduate School of Medicine Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences; and Prof. Yasuaki Ichikawa, Graduate School of Environmental and Life Science, held an exchange of views with specialists of the IAEA Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications on the Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT), one of the latest treatments for cancer. BNCT is a revolutionary treatment that is capable of eradicating cancer at the cellular level, and development of a neutron irradiation device and boron medical agent is now in progress. Okayama University will now organize an R&D project that will include the development of a groundbreaking boron agent and looks forward to cooperating with the IAEA in this area in the future.
IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy website
ICHIKAWA Yasuaki, Professor
Graduate School of Environmental and Life Science (Environmental Science and Technology)
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