Dr. Kazunori Kodama
Dr. Kazunori Kodama is currently Executive Director at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF) in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. He served as Chief Scientist at RERF from 2007 to 2017 before he assumed his current position. He also served as Chief of the Department of Clinical Studies from 1989 to 1999 and Chief of the Department of Epidemiology from 2002 to 2007. From 1999 to 2002, he was appointed as Professor of the Department of Health Sciences at the Hiroshima University Faculty of Medicine.
He graduated from the Hiroshima University School of Medicine in 1972 and received training in the areas of medicine and cardiology at St. Raphael Hospital, affiliated with Yale University in the United States. He obtained a PhD degree from Hiroshima University in 1983.
Upon returning to Japan in 1981, he became a research scientist at RERF, thus embarking on his career as an epidemiologist. His major areas of emphasis have been epidemiology of cardiovascular disease and epidemiology of radiation health effects.
Dr. Kodama is former President of the Japan Epidemiological Association, and Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of the UK (FFPH) and the American College of Cardiology (FACC).
He was the recipient of an award presented by the Japan Heart Foundation for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in 1992 and 2012. He also received distinguished service awards from the Japanese Society of Preventive Cardiology in 2006 and from the Japan Epidemiological Association in 2011.
He has also served as a head of the WHO Collaborative Center for Research on Radiation Effects on Humans since 2014.
Dr. Kodama has been a member of the Japanese delegation to UNSCEAR since the fifty-second session in 2004 and alternate representative since the fifty-seventh session in 2010.