The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund
Introduction to Grant Projects
Hiroshi Nitta, Chief of the Center for Health and Environmental Risk Research. National Institute for Environmental Studies Japan
Health impact assessment during the disposal process for disaster waste materials, including tsunami deposits, and a comprehensive hazard survey centered on a bio-assay.
- Project Description
In this research, times-series monitoring was developed focusing on hazard assessments using a bio-assay (a method for analyzing biological reactions using biological materials), and in addition to gaining an understanding of the health and environmental impact during the reconstruction process, support was provided for people in the affected araes for a healthy and safe recovery, through an investigation of the effects of reduction measures against exposure to chemical substances. Specifically, indoor airborne particulars and dust, along with outdoor air samples were collected over the mid-to long-term in Minamisanrikucho, Kesennuma City, and Ishinomaki City in Miyagi Prefecture. And a bio-assay executed to serve as the benchmark for pneumonia, xenobiotic and endocrinal disturbances, and carcinogenesis etc.
- Grant year
- FY2011 Research Grants
- Grant term
- 2 years and 5 months
May 2011 - September 2013
- Grant amount
- 19,438,000 yen
- Activity region
- Minamisanrikucho, Kesennuma City, and Ishinomaki City in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
Overview of the Organization
- Hiroshi Nitta, Chief of the Center for Health and Environmental Risk Research. National Institute for Environmental Studies Japan
- Specialist field
Environmental epidemiology, environmental health
Affiliated academic associations
Japan Epidemiological Association, The Japan Society for Hygiene, Japanese Society of Public Health, Japan Society for Atmospheric Environment, others
Graduated from School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Tokyo (Doctor of Health Sciences) in 1982, and joined the National Institute of Environmental Pollution Research. In 1984 entered School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo and in 1990 The National Institute for Environmental Studies
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- Collaborating researchers
- Fujio Shiraishi, Senior Fellow, Yasuyuki Shibata, Fellow, Daisuke Nakajima, Principal Research Coordinator, Eiko Koike, Head, Center for Health and Environmental Risk research (Molecular Pathology Section), Shoji Nakayama, Head, Center for Health and Environmental Risk Research(Exposure Dynamics Research Section) The National Institute for Environmental Studies
- Research record
- (1) Ueda K, H Nitta, H Odajima. (2010) The effect of weather, air pollutants, and Asian dust on hospitalization for asthma in Fukuoka., Environ Health Prev Med, 15:350-357
- (2) Nitta, H., S. Yamazaki, et al. (2010). An Introduction to Epidemiologic and Statistical Methods Useful in Environmental Epidemiology. Journal of Epidemiology 20(3): 177-184.
- (3) Ueda K., Nitta H,. Ono M. Effects of fine particulate matter on daily mortality for specific heart disease in Japan. Circ. J. 73: 1248-1254, 2009.
- (4) Ueda K., Nitta H,. Ono M., Takeuchi A. Estimating mortality effects of fine particulate matter in Japan:A comparison of time-series and case-crossover analyses. J. Air & Waste Manage. Assoc. 59:1212-1218, 2009.