"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
Globally renowned composer and multi-instrumentalist Otomo Yoshihide, who grew up in Fukushima, is a vocal force on the plight of Fukushima, which faced a triple disaster: earthquake, tsunami and radiation exposure. Otomo introduces the international premiere of ASAHIZA, a documentary that focuses on the now-defunct cultural hub of Minamisoma, located 15 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Otomo provided the soundtrack to this quiet yet powerful piece on the community's irreversible loss of space, time and memory.
Fukushima: In Search of a Lost Future
Film Screening + Discussion
Monday, April 20, 6:30 PM
After the screening, this loss of space, time and memory will be further explored by Otomo and Dr. Shin-Ichi Niwa in a dialogue on the mental health of citizens living in Fukushima. Dr. Niwa is Executive Administrator, Fukushima Prefectural Hospitals Office and a member of the Board of Kokoro-no-Care Nagomi (KCN), a mental health clinic in Fukushima. In partnership with the Japanese Medical Society of America, KCN is supported with a grant from Japan Society's Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. Followed by a reception.
ASAHIZA 人間は、どこへ行く(Asahiza, Ningen wa Doko he Iku). 2013, 74 min., Blu-ray, color, directed by Hikaru Fujii. International premiere.
Tickets: $12/$9 Japan Society members, seniors & students.
Third Japanese Association of Pediatrics in North America (JAPAN) Meeting
"Let’s share our knowledge and experience to improve child health and development!!” A new academic association lead by Japanese pediatricians who work in the US (The Japanese Association of Pediatrics in North America: JAPAN) was launched in August 2014. On Saturday, March 7th, its third academic meeting was held at the Kravis Children’s Hospital of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York. This meeting was another great success with an outstanding special lecture entitled “Fetal Medicine for Pediatrician” by Dr. Tomo Tarui (Tufts Medical Center) and exciting presentations by Drs. Maya Nishijima-Suzuki (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Chikara Ogimi (Elmhurst Hospital Center), and Yuko Shiima who is a current trainee of Dr. Akira Nishisaki (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia). Twenty-five attendees including medical students, residents, fellows and attending physicians from a variety of specialties enjoyed active discussions to gain knowledge from the experts.
“I am very excited about what we achieved with the past three successful meetings. My goal is to make continuous opportunities for Japanese pediatricians in the U.S. to expand friendship and academic relationship,” said Dr. Mika Ito (Maimonides Medical Center) who is a co-steering committee chief with Dr. Junko Nishita (Maimonides Medical Center). “We attempt to bridge medical communities between Japan and the US and I believe our activities will benefit Japanese pediatric health care providers as well as children and families who travel to the US. We really appreciate a generous support from JMSA!”
The meeting was followed by a reception dinner at Guzan restaurant in the Upper East side, which was organized by Dr. Miho Nakajima (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center). The next meeting is scheduled in August 2015 and the speaker of special lecture series is Dr. Takeshi Tsuda, a pediatric cardiologist at Nemours Cardiac Center in Delaware.