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  

JMSA Health Care Lecture Series: Dr. Maki Kano talks about Adult Preventative Care and Maintenance of Health

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JMSA Health Care Lecture Series
 
Title: Dr. Maki Kano talks about Adult Preventative Care and Maintenance of Health
 
On 4/8, Dr. Maki Kano gave the 35th JMSA healthcare seminar at the Nippon Club on the topic of Adult Preventative Care: how to live a long healthy life. The event was well attended and Dr. Kichemon Asoma introduced Dr. Kano at the beginning of her talk. 
 
Dr. Kano's talk began with pointing out the importance of preventative care and trying to prevent disease vs. receiving treatment for an existing disease. She compared the preventative check up styles between the US and Japan, stating that the US preventative check ups are based on guidelines set by the US Preventative Services Task Force or USPSTF. The US check ups try to cater the physical exam and tests that are ordered based on the patient's individual risk factors , age, and sex. 
 
She mentioned that in order to maintain health, patients need to avoid the top two killers in both Japanese and US society which are cardiovascular disease such as stroke and heart attacks and cancers.  Her talk highlighted guidelines given the grade of A or B by the USPSTF to try to prevent cardiovascular disease. She went over guidelines and recommendations regarding assessing one's individual cardiovascular risk index, assessing for obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
 
She also went over the latest cancer screening guidelines for cancers such as lung, colon, breast and cervical cancer.
 
She finished her talk by discussing vaccines that are currently recommended in the U.S. such as pneumovax vaccine for pneumonia, zostrix to prevent shingles, and Tdap to prevent tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. She went over age guidelines and the role that these vaccines play for health maintenance.
 
Her lecture ended with a lively discussion amongst the attendees regarding their concerns about health maintenance.
 
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JMSA Second Wine and Cheese Party: A Great Turnout

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JMSA held its second New Member Wine and Cheese Party on Friday, February 27, 2015. The event was once again held by JMSA president Dr. Yuzuru Anzai and his wife at his office in Midtown, Manhattan.

With over 100 attendees representing students, researchers, and medical professionals, our second wine and cheese event was an even greater success than the first. JMSA is incredibly pleased at the turn out and the expansion of its membership.

During the event, Dr. Anzai promoted the JMSA Science Forum on 4/12/15 at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Anzai also expressed gratitude to all attendees: “We are glad that so many people came and expressed their interests in the science forum. We want to thank everyone who came and hope they had a good time.”

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JMSA's 1st New Members Wine and Cheese Party

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JMSA's first New Members Wine and Cheese Party was held on Friday October 17 in the office of the new JMSA President, Dr.Yuzuru Anzai, hosted by him and his wife.

The event was very well attended and was a huge success. We were excited to welcome such a great group of people, including students, residents, fellows, researchers, and medical professionals. We were especially delighted to see many new faces and hope to see them very soon at our future events.

Dr. Anzai opened the event introducing JMSA and welcoming new members. Also in attendance were past JMSA presidents, Dr. Shimmyo, Dr. Homma, Dr. Furuyama and several board members.

Dr. Anzai expressed plans on making these informal social gatherings a more regular feature of JMSA: "for JMSA members, it is a great forum to network and to meet other medical professionals in the New York Area. I want to increase the number of the members and bring in young people. I also want to make JMSA more accessible to the Japanese researchers and recruit them to the society. We hope to expand the base of our society to better serve the Japanese community in New York.”

Photos credit: Ms Jiae Lee