On Thursday, May 8, 2008, an inaugural ceremony took place to celebrate the opening of the “Research and Clinical Center for Yusho and Dioxin” in Kyushu University Hospital.
The Yusho oil disease is one of the world’s most serious cases of mass poisoning, and occurred in Japan in 1968. This disease was caused by the ingestion of a mixture of PCBs, dioxins and other related compounds, and has continued to afflict people with general malaise, skin manifestations and other symptoms over these subsequent 40 years.
The Research and Clinical Center for Yusho and Dioxin was opened within Kyushu University Hospital, with a view toward offering medical treatment to Yusho patients, developing new cures for the disease, and conducting in-depth research on the disease itself, under the leadership of Professor Masutaka Furue of the Graduate School of Medical Science, who serves as Director. The Center will provide medical services and conduct research in cooperation with the Study Group of Yusho, Nagasaki University, and hospitals and clinics involved in treatment of the Yusho disease.
Chikara Sakaguchi, former Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare, delivers a congratulatory message.
Director Chiharu Kobo of Kyushu University Hospital (right) and Director Masutaka Furue of the Research and Clinical Center for Yusho and Dioxin at the press conference