With cooperation from Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb survivors,
RERF continues to study, for peaceful purposes, the health effects of A-bomb radiation

The principal focus of the RERF research program is the study the effects of radiation in the survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Several fixed cohorts or sub-cohorts were established to provide epidemiological and clinical data on the health status and mortality of the survivors and their children. Laboratory-based research studies in the fields of radiobiology, immunology, genetics, and molecular epidemiology are carried out to help interpret the various findings and contribute to the understanding of the mechanisms of disease induction.