Collaborating Centres - Asia-Pacific

King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (January 2013)

Radiation medicine

King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (January 2013) The King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC) is as an IAEA Collaborating Centre working to support the implementation of selected programmatic activities in radiation medicine, focusing particularly on medical radiation physics aspects of radiation medicine.

KFSCH&RC has worked with the IAEA to provide opportunities for the education and training of hundreds of regional participants in radiation medicine through IAEA courses and sponsored meetings. The hospital and research centre has also been active in the implementation of IAEA guidelines in quality assurance and quality control, to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients in radiation medicine. It is expected that areas of collaboration with the IAEA will expand to include clinical aspects in the near future.

Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS), Daejon, Korea (May 2011)

Terrestrial and marine environment

Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS), Daejon, Korea (May 2011) Since 1990, KINS has acquired a positive reputation in the field of environmental radionuclide analysis and has collaborated with the IAEA on many occasions, including conducting interlaboratory exercises for in-situ gamma-spectrometry and proficiency tests in which members of the Asia-Pacific ALMERA regional group paricipate. In November 2006, KINS was nominated as the focal point laboratory for the Asia-Pacific regional ALMERA network and organizes annual meetings for the purpose of exchanging key information with the IAEA and its other members.

KINS also contributes to the characterization of IAEA reference materials in order to enhance the reliability and comparability of measurement results obtained by nuclear analytical techniques in Member States’ laboratories.

St. John's Research Institute (SJRI), St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalore, India (January 2010)

Nuclear techniques in nutrition

IAEA Collaborating Centre in Nutrition Inaugurated in India The SJRI has been working with the IAEA’s Nutrition and Health-Related Environmental Studies Section since 1988, with a focus on nutrition as well as infectious and life-style related diseases. As an official IAEA collaborating centre, the SJRI analyses samples for Asian and African Member States, provides lectures for the IAEA’s courses on table isotope techniques, and trains research fellows from Member States worldwide.

Together, their efforts enhance Member States capability to combat malnutrition in all its forms and to prevent and control infectious diseases.

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Menai, Australia (April 2007)

Neutron scattering techniques

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Menai, Australia (April 2007) In 2010 ANSTO, Australia, with its state-of-the-art neutron-beam facilities associated with the OPAL Research Reactor, for the 2nd time in a row was re-designated as an IAEA Collaborating Centre (IAEA-CC) for Neutron Scattering Applications. This re-designation will enable access and help build skills in the region through a variety of mechanisms, including normal IAEA channels, contributing to expected improvements in the fields of engineering, health and nutrition, and environment. ANSTO constantly provides assistance to the IAEA’s training and education programmes for the neutron user community, organizes thematic workshops and schools offers their experts within TC and RB activities.

Since the 1st designation in 2007, ANSTO has been very successful carrying out an agreed work-plan in the area of neutron scattering applications, where specific examples include the organization and hosting of regional neutron scattering schools, the development of promotional material on neutron beam instruments and their uses, the provision of facilitated access to its own facilities, development of new scientific instruments and collaboration with other research centres world-wide and Asia-Pacific region in particular. ANSTO as an IAEA-CC is also the key member in the newly created Asia-Oceania Neutron Scattering Association (AONSA).

Malaysian Nuclear Agency (MNA), Kajang-Selangor, Malaysia (October 2006)

Radiation processing of natural polymers

Malaysian Nuclear Agency named IAEA Collaborating Center The Malaysian Nuclear Agency has been closely collaborating with the IAEA since the early 1970’s and has been the counterpart for four IAEA technical cooperation projects for 16 consecutive years. During its first years as an official IAEA collaborating centre, the Malaysian Nuclear Agency developed various products for industrial, environmental, and healthcare applications. Many of the research projects implemented in collaboration with the IAEA are now being scaled-up to the pilot plant production trail and market acceptance tests.

The centre has also received IAEA scientific visitors and fellows from both developed and developing countries, and has offered MSc and PhD programs for both local and international students from local Universities.

Atomic Energy Commission of Syria (AECS), Damascus, Syria (September 2006)

Characterization of reference materials and radioecology of NORM

IAEA Collaborating Centre inaugurated in Syria The Atomic Energy Commission of Syria (AECS) is an IAEA collaborating centre in the field of Characterization of Reference Materials and Radioecology of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials. The AECS is also the Middle East regional coordinator of the IAEA ALMERA network (Analytical Laboratories for the Measurement of Environmental Radioactivity).

From 2009-2010 AECS participated in the preparation and characterization of several materials, including the IAEA-360 “Ra-226 in soil” and the IAEA-454 “Trace elements in sewage sludge,” that will be certified by the IAEA and included in the IAEA catalogue of reference materials. In cooperation with the IAEA environment laboratories, AECS is currently performing an experimental radioecological study on the transfer of radionuclides from the environment to camel milk.

National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS), Chiba, Japan (January 2006)

Radiobiology, charged particle therapy and molecular imaging

National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS) In collaboration with the IAEA, the National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS) promotes studies of low-dose radiation effects, which has been one of the institute’s primary research areas since its foundation. NIRS contributes to progress and development in this important field, as well as others, in close contact with organizations at the national, regional, and international levels.

NIRS also organizes training courses on radiation applications and safety for experts of developing countries under the Asian Atomic Energy Regional Cooperation Agreement (RCA), in cooperation with the IAEA. Currently, they are working together on IAEA’s projects in Accelerated “Capacity Building in Charged Particle Therapy,” “Molecular Imaging,” and “Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation.”

Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI), Quezon City, Philippines (September 2005)

Studies on harmful algal blooms

Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI), Photo Credit: Rodolfo Quevenco The Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI), which is the only IAEA collaborating Centre on Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in the world, undertakes research jointly with the IAEA Environment laboratories in Monaco to track the impacts and fate of biotoxins in the marine food-chain using radiolabeled analogues. Recently, PNRI undertook studies in Manila Bay to assess the transfer of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning toxins from harmful algae to green mussels farmed in that area.

In addition, a field test based on the use of radiolabelled toxin is currently under development at PNRI to facilitate the monitoring of aquaculture products.

Seoul National University College of Medicine (SNU), Seoul, Korea (December 2004)

Research and education activities in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging

Seoul National University College of Medicine (SNU) Since its nomination as an IAEA collaborating centre in 2004, the Department of Nuclear Medicine at Seoul National University has acted as a hub of international education and research in nuclear medicine and related sciences. Through their collaboration, communication and training they have facilitated studies and practices with the objective of establishing effective use of molecular imaging using PET and in vitro molecular techniques in the management of oncological and cardiovascular disorders.

The department has runs training programs for IAEA trainees and has been involved in several IAEA cooperative research projects. Recently, an IAEA project for multinational clinical trial of angiogenesis imaging in lung cancer patients was launched using 68Ga-NOTA-RGD, which was developed in SNU’s laboratory.

Zhejiang University, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Hangzhou, China (December 2004)

Mutant germplasm enhancement and exploration in plants

As the first ever collaborating centre, the Institute of Nuclear Agricultural Sciences of the Zhejiang University has been closely collaborating with the IAEA since the late 1980s and has since then been a counterpart in 8 national and regional IAEA Technical Cooperation projects and several coordinated research projects. Many of its staff members have also been benefited with the IAEA’s regional training courses and fellowship programmes. The IAEA’s first regional training course in China on plant mutation breeding was co-organized by INAS in 1986. Since the late 1990s, it has become a frequent host institute for individual fellowship trainings, regional training courses and workshops organized by the IAEA.