ZDatesF September 27(Thu),2012 :Study Visit
September 27(Thu)-28(Fri),2012 :Forum
ZVenueF Minamata Disease Archives
ZMain ThemeF Recent Advance in Mercury Toxicology and Environmental Health

 Our institute, National Institute for Minamata Disease (NIMD) conducts international forums (NIMD Forum) annually to discuss researches regarding mercury, and invites specialists from all over the world.
 This year, the NIMD Forum held under cosponsorship with gThe Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistryh, on the theme of Recent research advances on mercury toxicology and environmental health.
 We sincerely thank to all the speakers and the participants.

yThe situation of a Forumz
September 27(Thu)-28(Fri), 2012 : Forum
The 13 people researchers divided into four sessions and announced the result of research in each field at Forum. One of them was seven overseas researchers (Hong Kong, Taiwan, Brazil, Denmark, USA, Canada), another was three domestic researchers and a third was three NIMD researchers. A total of about 120 people (the largest number of participants in the last several years) took part in the Forum from the country and area of 15 and they discussed in the time of questions and answers after each researcher speech, and then they received useful information. It was able to finish the session to the inside of the success.

September 27(Thu),2012 :Study Visit
Storytellersf talk:
i"Born with Congenital Minamata Disease" by Mr. Kenji Nagamoto,jThe participant listened attentively to the Mr. Nagamoto's speach. Also, They asked him to many questions and frank opinion about Minamata disease.
Minamata Disease Municipal Museum Tour:
Inspection of Minamata Disease Municipal Museum by the Sakamoto superintendent's guidance,
Visit the Minamata disease memorial monument and the Hayakken Drainage.
(Drain area of the factory, Chisso Company: wastes containing methylmercury was eluted)

Mr. Grandjean under announcement

In a hall


Minamata Disease Municipal Museum

Minamata disease memorial monument

Set photograph


27 September

13F00`13F10 Opening Remarks: Juichi Abe (NIMD, Japan)
Session T Chair: Laurie H.M Chan (University of Ottawa, Canada)
Mineshi Sakamoto (NIMD, Japan)
13F10`14F00 Juichi Abe (NIMD, Japan)
gOverviews of the experiences on pollution diseases in Japanh
14F00`14F50 Laurie H.M Chan (University of Ottawa, Canada)
gRecent advances in mercury toxicology and environmental healthh
14F50`15F40 Philippe Grandjean (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
gSusceptibility to methylmercury neurotoxicityh
16F00`18F00 Study visit
18F30`20F30 Banquet

28 September

 Session U Chair: Elaine Faustman (University of Washington, USA)
Masaaki Nakamura (NIMD, Japan)
9F30`10F00 Megumi Yamamoto (NIMD, Japan)
gIncreased expression of aquaporin-4 with methylmercury exposure in the brain of the common marmoseth
10F00`10F30 Samuel Lo (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)
gChronic low-dose exposure to methylmercury is metabolically inhibitory in the somatosensory cortexh
10F30`11F00 Akira Naganuma (Tohoku University, Japan)
gStudies on proteins that influence sensitivity of cells to methylmercuryh
11F00`11F30 Shoei-Yn Lin-Shiau (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
gEvidence for the increase of both cellular Ca2+ and oxidative stress involved in toxic effects of methylmercury in vivo and in vitroh
11F30`12F00 Lunch
Session V Chair: Philippe Grandjean (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
Akira Naganuma (Tohoku University, Japan)
13F00`13F30 Jennifer Nyland (University of South Carolina, USA)
gEvidence for immunotoxic effects of mercury compoundsh
13F30`14F00 Nozomi Tatsuta (Tohoku University, Japan)
gThe association of prenatal exposure to methylmercury with child development in Tohoku Study of Child Developmenth
14F00`14F30 Elaine Faustman (University of Washington, USA)
gCharacterizing and communicating seafood risks and benefits: Cultural and life stage considerationsh
14F30`14F50 Coffee Break
Session W Chair: Laurie H.M Chan (University of Ottawa, Canada) Jennifer Nyland (University of South Carolina, USA)
14F50`15F20 Toyoto Iwata (Akita University, Japan)
gEffects of mercury vapor exposure on neuromotor function in Chinese miners and smelters: characterization of hand tremor by frequency bandsh
15F20`15F50 Iracina Maura de Jesus (Evandro Chagas Institute, Brazil)
gEnvironmental exposure to mercury in urban and rural populations from Amazon, Brazilh
15F50`16F20 Mineshi Sakamoto (NIMD, Japan)
gMercury and docosahexaenoic acid levels in maternal and cord blood in relation to segmental maternal hair mercury concentrations at parturitionh
16F20`11F35 Summary: Laurie H.M Chan (University of Ottawa, Canada)
16F35`16F40 Closing Remarks: Juichi Abe (NIMD, Japan)

Proceedings of NIMD Forum