Professor Dr. Yoshiharu Yonekura
Dr. Yoshiharu Yonekura is a Member of the Science Council of Japan, Professor Emeritus at the University of Fukui and President of the National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS), Chiba, Japan.
After he received an MD degree in 1973, he worked at the Kyoto University Hospital and trained in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine. He also received a PhD degree in Medical Sciences from Kyoto University in 1980, where he was later engaged as Faculty member (1980-1995) in scientific research and clinical activities in the field of Nuclear Medicine and Positron Emission Tomography (PET). In 1995, Dr. Yonekura became Professor at the Biomedical Imaging Research Center of the University of Fukui, where he conducted various research projects related to brain science and tumour diagnosis (1995-2006).
Since 2005 Dr. Yonekura has been a member of Committee 3 of the International Committee on Radiation Protection (ICRP). Within this Committee he serves as Chair of the Task Group on radiological protection in ion beam radiotherapy.
In Japan, Dr. Yonekura is Chair of the Radiation Protection Committee at the Nuclear Safety Commission and Sub-Chair of the Radiation Council. He received the Kuhl-Lassen lecture award from the Society of Nuclear Medicine in 2001.
Dr. Yonekura has been the representative of Japan to UNSCEAR since 2007.