National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Japan

Data Center Description
The Independent Administrative Institution (IAI), until recently
the National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS), deals
with many facets of radiation research with the close
collaboration of scientists in various fields of
expertise. Subjects of research and development (R&D) in
NIRS include biological effects of radiation and their
mechanisms, medical and social countermeasures against radiation
injuries, and disease diagnosis and treatment using radiation
and radioisotopes

Since its foundation in 1957 as a national research institute
under the direct auspices of the Science and Technology Agency
of Japan, NIRS has accomplished remarkable results in research,
contributing to the progress of various aspects of radiological
sciences. As part of administrative reform, the Science and
Technology Agency merged with the Ministry of Education,
Culture and Sports to form the Ministry of Education, Culture,
Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) as of January 6,
2001. Under the direct control of this new ministry MEXT, NIRS
was reborn as of April 1, 2001, as Independent Administrative
Institution (IAI). The promotion of efficiency, transparency,
and competition has a bigger role than before. We are aiming at
building on our role as a unique research institute to become a
center of excellence for investigating the relationship between
humans and radiation from a wide range of viewpoints. Education
and training in the radiological sciences are important mis
sions. We hope to contribute to the maintenance of health and
the promotion of the welfare of human society while securing
the safety of use of radiation and radioisotopes.


[Summary provided by NIRS.]