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The Isotope Center is a facility to handle unsealed radioisotopes (RI) and its current uses are mainly within the biochemistry research field with 25 teachers and about 80 students from a number of laboratories. This center has contributed a great deal to remarkable research achievements in each field.
RI-labeled compounds are very useful for studies in the analyses of gene structure, protein expression and function. Experiments using these compounds are equivalent to the handling of radioactive materials that are required to be performed in statutory facilities.
The Center was founded in 1991 by complying with the Laws Concerning the Prevention of Radiation Hazards due to Radioisotopes and others regulated by MEXT and is operated in accordance with University of Hyogo Harima Science Garden City Radiation Hazards Precaution Codes.
Ordinance on Prevention of Ionizing Radiation Hazards The Radiation Control Committee, including 7 certified radiation protection supervisors, ensures safe and secure management of handling radiation.
Overview of the facility
The Center contains sufficient space for experiments (13 rooms with 550 m2 ) and well equipped laboratory instruments such as various survey meters, 2 liquid scintillation counters, gamma counter, radio chromatogram detector, spectrophotometer and high-speed centrifugal machine.
The Center utilizes an advanced management system in light of possible environmental impacts as the facility to handle RI. In particular, it includes an organic liquid waste incineration device for waste disposal generated in radiation experiments, exhaust equipment with high efficiency filter, and a waste water drainage system with surveillance monitor.
Additionally, we annually provide safety training and medical checkups to ensure that the users are safe and in good health.