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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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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

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