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First JMSA Student Social at Soba Totto

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JMSA and its student members held its first JMSA Student Social on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The event was held at Soba Totto in Midtown, Manhattan, followed by a Karaoke night.

With help from Mr. Kano, JMSA student members organized this event: Kenji Fujitani, Alisa Prager, Kenny Nakazawa, Yoshiko Toyoda, and Machiko Yamamoto.

12 medial students representing various medical schools in New York City, including Mount Sinai, Cornell, Columbia, NYU, and Downstate, gathered and it was a huge success. During the event, students exchanged their experiences on clinical rotations, preparation for boards, and life outside of academics. Many non-JMSA student members also joined us for the night, and were introduced to JMSA activities including the scholarship program, JMSA student activities/projects, and future events such as the JMSA Life Science Forum, Annual Spring Dinner, and mentorship and shadowing program.

Alisa Prager expressed her excitement on the success of the gathering. “The first ever JMSA student social provided a great opportunity for medical students to network and meet other students in the New York City area. We were able to raise awareness about JMSA's many activities and recruit new members to the organization. Overall it was a success and we hope to have another event in the near future.”  

With interest in continuing the student social by all the attendees, we hope to hold another one this fall with support from JMSA.

JMSA New York Life Science Forum 2015 Message

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ご参加ありがとうございます。

皆様

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。

21世紀は生命科学の世紀という常套句がありますが、事実、我々の生活は生命科学と密接に関わっています。その点で、生命科学分野の研究でいま何が明らかになろうとしているのかを知ること、そして生命科学分野の研究者が医療の現場を含む社会の現状をよく理解することは重要です。そのためには、最新の研究成果や社会のニーズを専門外の人に対しても分かりやすく解説して情報交換する機会が必要なことはもちろんですが、なにより、普段同じ業界の人としか接しない傾向のある私たちにとって、まず異なる分野や業界の人と知り合いになる機会が必要でした。それを実現する一つの方法が、「分野の垣根を超えて人々が集うライフサイエンスフォーラム」の開催であると考えました。

実際、ニューヨークでは各所で日本人の集まりがあるものの、施設や分野を超えた交流の場は限られておりました。研究者を含めた横のつながりを築くには何かきっかけが必要なことは明白でした。ニューヨークには医師や研究者はもちろんのこと、生命科学に関心の高い博学多才な日本人が集まっております。そこで、直接はなかなか会う機会がない人々と出会い、人材や情報の交流のきっかけとなるようなフォーラムの開催を目指しました。前例のない試みであったためほとんど手探りで始まりましたが、関係者の皆様が全面的にご協力くださったおかげで、第一回目となる今回のフォーラムを実現させることができました。

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。

閉会後、現在までに今回のフォーラムに対する大変多くのコメントが寄せられています。誠にありがとうございます。頂いたアドバイスを次に活かせるよう、しっかりと検討いたします。「ライフサイエンスをキーワードに、様々なバックグラウンドの人が双方向的に最新の情報を交換し、分野を超えて交流できる場」を創ることを目指して今後も改善を続け、会を発展させていきたいと考えております。将来的には、フォーラムが新しく赴任した人達の助けにもなったり、遠方の人達がニューヨークの人に会う機会にもなればと願っております。このフォーラムが少しでも皆様のお役に立ったり、果ては科学技術や社会の発展につながったりすれば、これ以上ない幸せです。

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。

フォーラムにご参加くださり、ありがとうございました。最後になりましたが、皆様の今後一層のご健勝とご活躍を心からお祈り申し上げます。

JMSA New York Life Science Forum 2015 運営委員会

運営委員長 山田 真太郎 

STEPS TO GOING INTO COLLEGE AND MEDICAL FIELDS

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Location: Japanese American Association of New York, Inc.
49 West 45th Street, 11th floor
New York, NY 10036

Date and Time: April 19, 2015 from 1:00-3:00pm

Language: Japanese
Cost: Free

Are you interested in becoming a healthcare professional? This panel introduces students to careers in the medical field and the paths to becoming a physician in the US and Japan. We will also discuss steps to getting into college (undergraduate) and other graduate schools. 

Topics covered will include:

  • Information on various medical fields
  • Steps to get into college and graduate schools
  • Differences in medical training between the US and Japan
  • New JMSA physician shadowing program

The panel will feature medical students, residents and physicians who are active members of the Japanese Medical Society of America (JMSA). Following the panel discussion there will be time for a question and answer session in Japanese.

Please contact JAA for registration at 212-840-6942 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For specific questions regarding the event, please contact Mr. Yoshio Kano, Executive Secretary, JMSA: 914 433 4310, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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  

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