Dates September 27(Thu),2012 :Study Visit
September 27(Thu)-28(Fri),2012 :Forum
Venue Minamata Disease Archives
Main Theme 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 “The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry”, on the theme of Recent research advances on mercury toxicology and environmental health.
 We sincerely thank to all the speakers and the participants.

【The situation of a Forum】
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
Storytellers’ talk:
("Born with Congenital Minamata Disease" by Mr. Kenji Nagamoto,)The 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

13:00~13:10 Opening Remarks: Juichi Abe (NIMD, Japan)
Session Ⅰ Chair: Laurie H.M Chan (University of Ottawa, Canada)
Mineshi Sakamoto (NIMD, Japan)
13:10~14:00 Juichi Abe (NIMD, Japan)
“Overviews of the experiences on pollution diseases in Japan”
14:00~14:50 Laurie H.M Chan (University of Ottawa, Canada)
“Recent advances in mercury toxicology and environmental health”
14:50~15:40 Philippe Grandjean (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
“Susceptibility to methylmercury neurotoxicity”
16:00~18:00 Study visit
18:30~20:30 Banquet

28 September

 Session Ⅱ Chair: Elaine Faustman (University of Washington, USA)
Masaaki Nakamura (NIMD, Japan)
9:30~10:00 Megumi Yamamoto (NIMD, Japan)
“Increased expression of aquaporin-4 with methylmercury exposure in the brain of the common marmoset”
10:00~10:30 Samuel Lo (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)
“Chronic low-dose exposure to methylmercury is metabolically inhibitory in the somatosensory cortex”
10:30~11:00 Akira Naganuma (Tohoku University, Japan)
“Studies on proteins that influence sensitivity of cells to methylmercury”
11:00~11:30 Shoei-Yn Lin-Shiau (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
“Evidence for the increase of both cellular Ca2+ and oxidative stress involved in toxic effects of methylmercury in vivo and in vitro”
11:30~12:00 Lunch
Session Ⅲ Chair: Philippe Grandjean (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
Akira Naganuma (Tohoku University, Japan)
13:00~13:30 Jennifer Nyland (University of South Carolina, USA)
“Evidence for immunotoxic effects of mercury compounds”
13:30~14:00 Nozomi Tatsuta (Tohoku University, Japan)
“The association of prenatal exposure to methylmercury with child development in Tohoku Study of Child Development”
14:00~14:30 Elaine Faustman (University of Washington, USA)
“Characterizing and communicating seafood risks and benefits: Cultural and life stage considerations”
14:30~14:50 Coffee Break
Session Ⅳ Chair: Laurie H.M Chan (University of Ottawa, Canada) Jennifer Nyland (University of South Carolina, USA)
14:50~15:20 Toyoto Iwata (Akita University, Japan)
“Effects of mercury vapor exposure on neuromotor function in Chinese miners and smelters: characterization of hand tremor by frequency bands”
15:20~15:50 Iracina Maura de Jesus (Evandro Chagas Institute, Brazil)
“Environmental exposure to mercury in urban and rural populations from Amazon, Brazil”
15:50~16:20 Mineshi Sakamoto (NIMD, Japan)
“Mercury and docosahexaenoic acid levels in maternal and cord blood in relation to segmental maternal hair mercury concentrations at parturition”
16:20~11:35 Summary: Laurie H.M Chan (University of Ottawa, Canada)
16:35~16:40 Closing Remarks: Juichi Abe (NIMD, Japan)

Proceedings of NIMD Forum