The Institute of Radiation Medicine of Fudan University was established on January 17, 1962 and was initially named Shanghai Industrial Hygiene Institute. The first Director was Mr. Tongshen Chen who was also the President of Shanghai First Medical College. At that time, the institute mainly focused on the researches of radiation protection and radiation medicine and provided safeguard for the application of nuclear technology. The institute was renamed as the Institute of Radiation Medicine, Shanghai Medical University in 1985 and it was renamed again as the present name in 2000 since Shanghai Medical University was merged into Fudan University.

The institute was authorized to confer master’s degree and doctor’s degree of Radiation Medicine in 1985 and 1993, respectively.. From 1986 to now, 73 students include 20 doctors and 53 masters have graduated from the institute. At present, 34 postgraduate students, including 12 doctoral students and 22 master students, are studying in the institute. There are 3 doctoral mentors and 3 master mentors in the Institute. The Institute now has 49 staff members (include 7 research assistants), 10 of them are senior staff. 

With the reform and opening-up policy, the institute has strengthened its international cooperation and has established a long-term cooperative relationship with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of USA, Nagoya University, National Institute of Radiological Sciences of Japan, Kanazawa Medical University, Oxford University, the UK Medical Research Council, the University of Manchester, and the Queen’s University Belfast UK.

Since 2007, the institute has gotten more than 80 government grants including the funds from the “863” program, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the New Century Excellent Talents in University of the Ministry of Education of China, Shanghai Pujiang-Talent Program, Shanghai Key Subject of Public Health, and other National ministries. The institute has acquired 4 scientific research achievement awards issued by the government. The experts of the institute have compiled 4 monographs and published more than 300 original research papers including 63 SCI papers.

During the past 50 years, the institute has gotten many achievements in the research areas of radiation medicine, radiation hygiene and radiation pharmacy by focusing its studies on the potential radiation risk on health, radiation injury and prevention, radiation oncology, radionuclide chelating agents, radiation sensitizer, and radiation dosimetry. At present, the studies on space radiation biology and the radionuclide chelating agents were supported by the State Key Program of National Natural Science Foundation of China and by the National Major Scientific and Technological Special Project, respectively. The institute provides technical support to Shanghai government on nuclear, radiation accident emergency and on radiation safety. The institute also takes charge of the clinical diagnosis on radioactive occupational diseases and undergoes the health examination to radiation workers in Shanghai.