JMSA/Nippon Club 37th Healthcare Lecture
Title: FLY Me to Amazing Anti-Cancer Drugs! An Eye Opening Lecturer Given by Dr. Masahiro Sonoshita
Dr. Sonoshita's bio:
Dept. Pharmacology, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan
Dept. Developmental and Regenerative Biology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
1995-1997, B.A., College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Japan
1997-1999, B.Pharm., Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Japan
1999-2001, M.Pharm., Grad. Sch. Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Japan
2001-2004, Ph.D., Grad. Sch. Medicine, Kyoto University, Japan
The wonderful lecture was held on 10/21 Wednesday at the Nippon Club. Dr. Kimihiko Oishi gave an excellent introduction and he was the MC for this program that was very well attended by physicians and members of the community. Dr. Masahiro Sonoshita gave an eye opening, thought-provoking lecture that described what cancer is, the mechanisms that lead to cancer, and the history of how people have fought against cancer based on such information. He also explained what oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes are and their critical roles in cancer development. He pointed out key figures in world history that have developed cancer treatment to our current state.
He finished his lecture discussing the significance of his ongoing work to generate novel chemical drugs for thyroid cancer using fruit flies in his research lab at Mount Sinai. His lecture made it clear that his work was extremely meticulous and would not be possible without his dedication to science and patience and persistence.
The lecture was very exciting with interactive slides. Dr. Sonoshita kindly explained complicated scientific concepts with visual aids making it very easy for all to understand the highly complex processes that he is working on in his lab at Mount Sinai.
JMSA extends a sincere thank you to Dr. Masahiro Sonoshita for giving us an unforgettable lecture.
The JMSA healthcare lecture series committee welcomes suggestions for lecturers and topics for our upcoming 2016 lecture series.
THE JMSA COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM (JCOP):
JMSA COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT
Through the years, JMSA has become aware of local organizations which have provided much needed medically and socially related support to the Japanese American Community. Many of these programs provide valuable services to the Japanese community through information sharing and support groups, and have urgent need for funding. With this knowledge, JMSA established the Community Outreach Program (JCOP) in 2007 in order to support medically related Japanese programs through grants.
The JMSA Community Outreach Program (JCOP) strives to become a liaison between community programs and corporations seeking to sponsor and aid such programs.
アメリカ各地には、地域に根付いた活動を展開する、日系の医療関連非営利団体（NPO）がたくさんあります。米国日本人医師会（JMSA）は、ここ数 年彼らの活動に注目してきました。これらのNPOは、地元の日系コミュニティーに対して、必要な医療情報を日本語で提供するだけでなく、独自のプログラム や企画・イベントなどを通して、実に様々な医療関連サービスを提供しています。しかし、いずれの団体もその活動資金不足は深刻で、差し迫った問題となって いるのが現状です。そこでJMSAは、助成金を通じて彼らの活動を支援しようと、2007年「JMSA日系コミュニティー・アウトリーチ・プログラム （JCOP）」を立ち上げました。地元の日系医療関連NPOと、支援意欲を持つ企業とをつなぐ橋として、このプログラ ムを発展させていく所存でおります。
Our collaborative project, the fourth 9.11 to 3.11 Tohoku Outreach to Japan will take place this summer and the project has been featured as one of the four “Innovative disaster responses in Japan that are worth emulating in future disasters around the world” by the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE).
Why worth emulating? By Atsuko Geiger et al.
“They put a great deal of consideration into how to address core issues in an effective way…the program brings healing to both the 3/11 and 9/11 families and survivors while creating strong bonds between the two groups”
“The exchanges between the survivors of 9/11 and 3/11 induce survivors to deal with the psychological trauma by sharing their feelings, not by taking the direct approach of asking them to share their feelings, but by creating a situation in which they feel comfortable doing so.”
“The 9/11 and 3/11 exchange was initiated by organizations in the United States, but they worked closely with local Rotary clubs in Tohoku to carry out the trips… they adapted as the situation on the ground evolved… because they were rooted in the local communities”
“It has made a great difference to those who are involved in or have been touched by this program.”
JCIE is an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan policy institute that works to encourage deeper international cooperation in responding to regional and global challenges.
For more information, please visit: http://www.jcie.or.jp/books/
June 17th Wednesday was a beautiful night for Nippon Club to host the 35th Health Seminar in cooperation with JMSA at the 5th floor Sakura Room. The topic was “Understanding Headaches,” and the lecture was presented by Dr. Hiroki Nariai who is currently a pediatric neurology fellow at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center.
Dr. Nariai started his presentation by explaining the different symptoms and treatments involved in various types of headaches such as migraines, tension type headaches, and cluster headaches. He further addressed how some types of severe headaches, such as subarachnoid hemorrhages, are life-threatening and how we can distinguish a serious headache that may require immediately attention from a non-serious one. Dr. Nariai also introduced some of the most recent technologies in neurological medicine in a very understandable way in which all audiences were able to enjoy regardless of their background.
The seminar ended successfully with a Q&A session and a reception where light snacks and wine were served. Guests and staffs were able to enjoy the rest of the night with each other and also with Dr. Nariai himself.
The next Health seminar will be held in October—details to come soon!