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Call for Recommendation of Researchers/Doctors from Abroad for Training

To: Persons responsible for application of research organizations
From:    Kenji Kamiya
Chair, Radiation Effects Research Foundation

Call for recommendation of researchers/doctors from abroad for FY2024 RERF Training Program

The Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF) is soliciting recommendations for researchers, doctors, and students from abroad to be accepted for training at RERF, in accordance with the following considerations. We would be grateful for your nomination(s) of trainee candidates.

Applications will be accepted only from persons responsible for application of research organizations. Any individual who is interested in the training program should first file an application within his or her organization, which in turn will submit the designated application form to RERF in the name of the organization.

[ Outline of training program ]

Number of trainees to be invited: Approximately 1 or 2 per each theme

Themes and description of training:

Theme 1) Training for molecular biological study of radiation effects

A. Mutation detection using whole genome sequencing

  1. How to analyze genomic data
  2. Practical training on mutation detection using genome data

B. Experimental evaluation of blood cell markers

  1. Flow cytometry experiment and data analysis methods
  2. Hands-on training of in vitro cell irradiation and flow cytometry

C. Detection of radiation-induced chromosome aberrations

  1. Lymphocyte culture and preparation chromosome slides
  2. Giemsa staining (for dicentric chromosome) and FISH (for translocation)

Theme 2) Introduction to epidemiological research at RERF

  1. Lectures to outline epidemiological studies on health effects of atomic bomb radiation (lectures on dosimetry and clinical studies will also be included.)
  2. Tutorials in basic statistical methods of risk estimation and practical exercises in the use of R (and, for those familiar with it through radiation epidemiology work, Epicure) software for modeling radiation risk
Program of Theme 2 will be given jointly by Departments of Epidemiology, Statistics and Clinical Studies.

Theme 3) Practical data analysis using machine learning with large databases

Training period:

1-2 week(s) somewhere between November 1 (Fri.) and December 27 (Fri.), 2024 (All themes)

Training site:

Radiation Effects Research Foundation
5-2 Hijiyama Park, Minami-ku, Hiroshima City, 732-0815, Japan

Theme 1): Department of Molecular Biosciences
Theme 2): Departments of Epidemiology, Statistics and Clinical Studies
Theme 3): Department of Information Technology

Payment of travel and other expenses:

RERF will pay travel expenses and an allowance and provide lodging to trainees, in accordance with the organization’s regulations.

[ Example ]
Travel expenses: Economy airfare and reserved seating for the Shinkansen super express
Allowance: 2,600 yen daily for the first 10 day-period (including weekend days) and 1,300 yen daily for the 11th and subsequent days
Lodging: Rental apartment in the city of Hiroshima (equipped with basic electric appliances and cooking utensils)

[ Application procedure ]

Application procedure:

Please fill out the attached application form with an appropriate signature and send its PDF file to the following email address.


Application form (Microsoft Word)

Application deadline:

July 31 (Wed.), 2024

Application submitted to:

Ms. Yonezawa
External Affairs Unit, General Affairs Section
Radiation Effects Research Foundation
5-2 Hijiyama Park, Minami-ku, Hiroshima City, 732-0815, Japan
Fax: +81-82-263-7279
Email: pjtco@rerf.or.jp     Click here

Expected schedule for notifications:
Notification of informal decision of invitation – by August 30, 2024
           (All applicants will be informed of selection results.)
Official notification of invitation – by September 13, 2024