Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC)
|In 1946, the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission
was established in accordance with a US presidential directive
from Harry S. Truman to the US National Academy of Sciences-National
Research Council to undertake long-term investigations of
the late medical and biological effects of radiation among
the atomic-bomb survivors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Initial
funding was from the US Atomic
Energy Commission and was later supplemented by the US Public Health Service, the National
Cancer Institute, and the National Institute of Heart and Lung Diseases.
Formal Japanese participation commenced in 1948 under the auspices of the
Japanese National Institute
of Health of the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare (currently, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare). ABCC was the predecessor of the Radiation Effects Research Foundation,
which was established in April 1975.