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87th Dr. Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Day Ceremony

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87th Dr. Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Day Ceremony was held at The Woodlawn Cemetery on May 21.

The Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Society (HNMS) held a memorial day ceremony at The Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, New York to honor the life and legacy of the Japanese scientist on May 21. The ceremony, a tribute to Dr. Noguchi’s 87th memorial anniversary, was a huge success and the event ran very smoothly under the cozy weather with azalea trees being in full bloom in the park-like beautiful natural surroundings.

The ceremony started at 11:00a.m. with the opening remarks by Mr. Yoshio Kano, Executive Director, HNMS followed by welcome addresses by Dr. Shunichi Homma, President, HNMS and Mr. Mitch Rose, President, The Woodlawn Cemetery, and then H.E Reiichiro Takahashi, Ambassador and Consul-General of Japan in New York and Dr. Hiro Funabiki, Professor at The Rockefeller University addressed the respectful greetings.

As a highlight of the ceremony at around 11:20a.m., the impressive message from Mr. Yasuo Yago, President of The Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Foundation which is based in Inawashiro, Fukushima, Dr. Hideyo Noguchi’s birthplace was introduced upon being translated into English by Dr. Robert Yanagisawa, Director, HNMS. Also, Mr. Motohiro Satoh, Vice President, The Nippon Club addressed respectful greetings. At the end of the program Dr. Susan Olsen. Director of Historic Services, The Woodlawn Cemetery addressed the closing remarks.

For the memorable ceremony on this day, the beautiful flower arrangements were presented by the following organizations:

  • The consulate-General of Japan in New York
  • The Japanese Medical Society of America (JMSA)
  • The Japanese Medical Support Network (JAMSNET)
  • The Japanese American Association of New York (JAA)
  • The Nippon Club
  • The New York Japanese-American Lions Club (JALC)
  • The New York Fukushima Kenjin-kai
  • The New York Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Society (HNMS)

Dr. Hideyo Noguchi was born in Inawashiro, Fukushima, in 1876, Dr. Noguchi achieved success as a scientist even though he was raised in a small rural village and was handicapped by a fire. His talent was recognized by the Rockefeller Institute which provided him with the opportunity to conduct research where he focused on a cure for yellow fever. On May 21, 1928 Dr. Noguchi succumbed to the disease he fought tirelessly to cure while working in Africa.

Among the honored guests and officials gathered on this day to remember the internationally acclaimed scientist were Reiichiro Takahashi, Ambassador and Consul-General of Japan in New York, Dr. Shunichi Homma, the Margaret Milliken Hatch Professor at Columbia University Medical Center and founding President of the New York Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Society, Dr, Hiro Funabiki, the professor at The Rockefeller University, Mitch Rose. The president, The Woodlawn Cemetery, Mr. Motohiro Satoh, Vice President, The Nippon Club, representatives from the Japanese Medical Society of America, the Japanese American Association of New York, the New York Japanese-American  Lions Club, the New York Fukushima Kenjin-kai and The Woodlawn Cemetery. Almost 40 people from the public and press attended the ceremony.

The New York Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Society, Inc. (HNMS)  was established in 2013 to strengthen U.S. - Japan relations by inspiring and supporting children from both sides of the Pacific to study medicine. In addition to providing opportunities for students and creative learning, the Society is dedicated to preserving the memorial and memory of Dr. Hideyo Noguchi. The Noguchi Memorial at The Woodlawn Cemetery was restored in 2008 by the Japanese Medicals Society of America, Inc. (JMSA) and is visited by hundreds annually.

The New York Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Society, Inc. (HNMS) is a tax exempt organization and a private foundation with Federal Tax ID #46-3452994. It is classified under Internal Revenue Code as 501(c)(3). Donors can deduct contributions under IRS Section 170 and 2055, 2106, or 2522.

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
(E-mailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  / TEL: 212-581-2223)
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

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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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 

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