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JMSA Health Care Lecture Series: Understanding Headaches with Dr. Hiroki Nariai

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日本クラブ/米国日本人医師会共催 第36回ヘルスセミナー
講師:成相 宏樹 先生
(アルバート・アインシュタイン医科大学、モンテフィオーレ・メディカルセンター 小児神経内科フェロー)

開催日: 2015617 () 6:30 - 8:30 pm

6:30 - 8:00 pm (講演会)  8:00 - 8:30 pm (懇親会)
場所: 日本クラブ 5F サクラルーム (日本クラブ 145 West 57th street, New York, NY 10019)
参加費 (軽食・ワイン、ソフトドリンク込み: 会員 10ドル / ゲスト・一般 15ドル
ウエブサイトは、http://www.nipponclub.org にて御覧下さい。
頭痛はとてもありふれた症状です。米国では頭痛の専門科(神経内科、小児神経科)受診への敷居は日本より高く、緊急でもないのにEmergency Department(救急診療部)を受診するのも気が引けるかも知れません。一言に頭痛と言っても、原因は様々です。命に関わる危険なものもあれば、いわゆる「頭痛持ちの頭痛」のような緊急性の低いものもあります。今回は、もし自分、もしくは周囲の人が頭痛を感じた時、どのように考え、対処したら良いのかをお話し頂きます。また、頭痛という病態の理解の歴史と、近年の医学診療・医学研究の進歩についても触れて頂きます。

成相  宏樹 (なりあい ひろき) 先生

Nippon Club 36th Health Seminar in cooperation with Japanese Medical Society of America
Understanding Headaches  
Lecturer:  Dr. Hiroki Nariai, M.D. (Albert Einstein Medical College, Montefiore Medical Center)
Date: June 17th  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Place:   Nippon Club 5Fl. Sakura Room
Fee:   Nippon Club Member $10 / Guest $15 (includes wine, soft drink & appetizer)
Please see details at: http://www.nipponclub.org
Dr. Hiroki Nariai will address causes of Headaches and how best to deal with them. There are many causes of headaches. Most headaches are of benign nature while other headaches may be more serious and require immediate attention. Dr. Nariai will also discuss treatment of headaches and what the typical symptoms are of the common types of headaches. Dr. Nariai hopes that those who attend the lecture will have a better understanding of the different kinds of headaches and how best to treat them.
( This seminar will be conducted mainly in Japanese)

Fundahigao America Foundation

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Dear JMSA Members and Friends,

We would like to introduce you to the Fundahigao America Foundation founded by one of our members, Dr. Tomoaki Kato. He is hosting a fundraiser to support Latin American liver transplant for children. Please read the message from him below.
Dear Friends,
We are hosting a fund-raising event on 6/11 in Glass House. It is a photo exhibit of children who were transplanted in Caracas. The event is 6-9pm.  With the ticket price of $250/person (tax deductible contribution. $55 of $250 is not tax exempted. If you donate and do not attend the event, entire amount is tax exempted). If you are interested in purchasing tickets or know of someone who may be interested, please let Dr. Kato know or follow the instructions on the 2nd link. Carolina Herrera will be at the venue and may be some other from fashion industry.
This is a launching event of Fundahigao America Foundation. I am a co-founder of the foundation. Here is what we have been doing.
Liver transplantation programs in the United States have been curing patients for decades with optimal results. The situation is very different for patients in Latin America and other parts of the world. Lack proper medical training and assistance available prevent many families from getting the proper care for their children suffering from liver disease. Just a decade ago, children with liver disease in Venezuela were among those that had no hope for local treatment. Dr.Pedro Rivas in Caracas and I met in 2004 to take on the mission to establish liver transplant program in Caracas. The first pediatric liver transplant in Venezuela was performed in 2005 on an 8-year-old girl with severe end-stage liver disease. The donor was her father. That young patient is now a teenager finishing high school.  Following the first case, we have done almost 70 living donor liver transplant cases (of those, 50 are done for children) in Venezuela with very high success rate (survival rate more than 90% in children). After 10 years of on-site training, the program is now at its graduation stage.
Getting close to completing  our original mission to make liver transplant available in the country, we decided to form a foundation to pursue mission of replicating the same outcomes in other Latin American Countries. Fundahigado America Foundation (FHA) is a tax deductible, 501c3 not-for-profit organization founded in October 2011 exclusively for charitable purposes to promote efforts to train the multidisciplinary healthcare professionals needed for pediatric liver transplantation in areas of Latin America where the option of liver transplantation currently does not exist.
Tomoaki Kato

JMSA New York Life Science Forum 2015 Message

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この度は、JMSA New York Life Science Forum 2015にお越しくださり、誠にありがとうございました。そして、素晴らしく貴重なお話をしてくださった演者の皆様、ポスター発表者の皆様、各セッションを円滑に進行してくださった座長の皆様に心から感謝いたします。またこのフォーラムは学生を含む多くのボランティアの皆様のご協力で実現いたしました。この場をお借りして、ご支援くださった全ての方々に深くお礼申し上げます。



当日はニューヨーク大学のLangone Medical Centerにて、当方の予想をはるかに超える150人以上の参加者が一堂に会しました。片道5時間半を運転してきてくださった講演者や、熱意あふれる高校生のポスター発表者、またこのフォーラムのためにはるばる日本からお越しくださった参加者もいらっしゃいました。分かりやすく作り込まれた興味深い講演やポスターからは、発表者の強いメッセージだけでなく、熱い情熱も伝わってきました。ポスターセッションも、ワイン片手にあちらこちらで熱い議論が展開されたり楽しい会話に花が咲いたりと活気にあふれ、とても印象的なものとなりました。


次回は2016年4月9日(土)の開催予定です。ありがたいことに既に4名の方が運営参加を表明してくださいました。運営に興味を持っておられる方、いいアイデアをお持ちの方、ぜひ、運営委員会< This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. >までご連絡下さい。より強力になった委員会が運営するJMSA New York Life Science Forum 2016で、また皆様にお会いできますのを楽しみにしております。


JMSA New York Life Science Forum 2015 運営委員会

運営委員長 山田 真太郎 


JMSA New York Life Science Forum 2015: A new successful step for JMSA!!

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"Our mission is quite simple. A sincere commitment to advancement in science and medicine."

In New York, we have so many smart people from Japan who study or work in a wide variety of fields. While it seemed a good idea to launch a new academic meeting that provided a new opportunity for Japanese people in New York who are interested in life science, an important question remained. How?

With the strong leadership of the current JMSA president, Dr. Anzai, a highly efficient organizing committee was formed by six talented scientists and a medical student. The time for them to set up a big event was limited- only four months, but they proved that their commitments and efforts were all paid off at the inaugural JMSA New York Life Science Forum 2015 held at the Smilow Seminar Room of New York University on a beautiful Sunday, April 12, 2015.

More than 150 people attended the forum from a variety of areas, even from Japan! The auditorium was completely packed with scientists, physicians, and many others who are interested in life science. There were nine exciting oral presentations and the topics ranged from career development, to grant applications to latest scientific advancements, all of which were extremely helpful for the audience, and particularly for young trainees. In addition, recent JMSA activities were introduced by Dr. Yanagisawa and a JMSA student representative, Kenji Fujitani. After the oral sessions, poster presentations followed. After careful evaluations by the invited speakers, six outstanding presenters including a high school student were awarded the Best Presentation Award by Dr. Anzai. Among the six recipients, two presenters received tickets for the 2015 JMSA Annual Spring Dinner on Saturday, May 9th  2015. 

"I am very happy and excited with the huge success of this event. I believe that this event will encourage the enhancement of scientific collaboration and friendship between Japanese people who live in the US." said Dr. Shintaro Yamada of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the chief of the organizing committee who is one of the 2015 JMSA Scholarship recipients. “It is crucial to make this an annual premier event for JMSA. It was just a first step but I feel we are making history for the Japanese community in the US.” said Dr. Teruyuki Sano of New York University, a chief of organizing committee-elect for the JMSA New York Life Science Forum 2016.

Next year’s JMSA New York Life Science Forum 2016 will be held on Saturday April 9th at New York University. Please mark your calendar and we would like to thank everyone for their generous support and hope to see you all next year. We are actively recruiting new committee members for the next years’ event and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you are interested in participating in the organizing committee.

The following are the organizing committee members of JMSA New York Life Science Forum 2015. Please join us in celebrating their big achievement. Thank you all!!

Shintaro Yamada, PhD - Chief of the committee
Masako Suzuki, PhD - Treasury
Masahiro Sonoshita, PhD - Program
Kenichi Shimada, PhD - Conference room, registration
Masashi Yamaji, PhD - Website
Teruyuki Sano, PhD - Flyer production, Chief-elect for 2016
Yoshiko Toyoda - Student representative
Kimihiko Oishi, MD
Yuzuru Anzai, MD  


JMSA New York Life Science Forum 2015 Committee thanks all participants of the meeting

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JMSA New York Life Science Forum 2015 on Sunday, April 12 2015 was a huge success with 152 total attendees. On behalf of JMSA and the JMSA New York Life Science Forum 2015 Committee, we would like to thank all those in participated in the meeting. Particularly, we would like to express special appreciation for the invited speakers, moderators and poster presenters. The following is the list of all the presenters and the award recipients.

Invited speakers:

Kosuke Funato, PhD
Shunichi Homma, MD
Tatsuo Ito, MD, PhD
Masahiro Sonoshita, PhD
Kazuaki Takabe, MD, PhD, FACS
Naoko Tanese, PhD
Tadakimi Tomita, PhD
Moriya Tsuji, MD, PhD
Masayuki Yazawa, PhD
Norihiro Yumoto, PhD

Poster presenters:

Takayuki Abe
Kiyotake Ishikawa
Kunihiro Uryu
Akinori F. Ebihara
Akihiko Oishi
Takashi Onikubo
Tomoharu Kuboyama
Maiko Kondo
Yuki Saito
Masayuki Sakamoto
Mari Sajo
Junko Shimazu
Tatsuki Sugi
Yoshinori Seki
Toshikazu Takeda
Koki Tohara
Yoshiko Toyoda
Kenneth Ryohei Nakazawa
Tomomi Haremaki
Kenji Fujitani
Kosuke Funato
Naoki Misumida
Yuya Mitsuki
Hajime Murakami
Masashi Yamaji
Tomohiro Yumita

Award recipients:

Akinori F. Ebihara*
Akihiko Oishi
Takashi Onikubo
Masayuki Sakamoto*
Mari Sajo
Masashi Yamaji

*Spring Dinner Awardees


Steps to Going into College and Medical Fields

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On April 19th, 2015 JMSA held its second panel discussion titled “Steps to Going to College and Medical Fields” as part of the Japanese American Association (JAA) Sakura Health Fair. The aim of the panel discussion was to introduce students to careers in the health professions and provide guidance on how to apply to college and medical school.

The panel featured JMSA physicians and student members with a wide variety of backgrounds in medicine. Panelists included: Dr. Yuzuru Anzai, Dr. Kimihiko Oishi, Dr. Maki Kano, Kenji Fujitani, Alisa Prager, and Yoshiko Toyoda. ‎The event attracted high school students, college students, as well as parents and other members of the Japanese community.

The event started with a presentation on motivations to becoming a physician, the different professions within healthcare, and the requirements to becoming a physician in both the US and Japan. Students were also introduced to the new JMSA physician-shadowing program, which provides opportunities for high school, college and medical students to gain exposure to various healthcare fields by shadowing JMSA healthcare providers.

The panelists described their motivations for pursuing medicine and the importance of pursuing one's passions and interests. They answered questions about the college application process and how to do well in college. They also described how to apply to medical school and the several different paths to becoming a physician in both the US and Japan. The panel discussion was very successful and JMSA hopes to continue supporting students in their quest to pursue healthcare careers. We hope to repeat the program in the fall this year.

Students who are interested in participating in the JMSA shadowing program can sign up by filling out this form

Healthcare providers, who would be willing to provide shadowing opportunities to students, should fill out this form

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