The second annual JMSA NY Life Science Forum was held at NYU Langone Medical Center on 4/9/2016. With more than 225 participants, the event was a huge success and was well received. There were 14 oral presentations given on various topics in health science including basic science, translational research, public health and policy making. At times lectures were broadcasted to a satellite location to accommodate participants who could not find seats in the main lecture hall. A DJ (DJ GO who volunteered his service) provided music throughout the event as additional entertainment. In addition to the lectures, there were 23 poster presentations. Four scientists were selected for awards for Best Poster. The two second place awards, a $100 coupon towards flights to Japan, were given to Dr. Koki Nakanishi (Columbia University) and Yorito Hattori (Weill Cornell Medical College). The two first place awards consisted of a free invitation to JMSA’s Annual dinner (a $300 value), went to Dr. Tomoyoshi Nakadai (The Rockefeller University) and Dr. Shoichiro Takeishi (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)、
This year the event was co-sponsored by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). Dr. Abe, the Deputy Director from the Washington office attended the forum with two other staff members. They were impressed by the turnout and by the high quality of the lectures that allowed the material to be accessible even to non-scientists. They also commended the efforts by the organizers who helped to run the meeting smoothly.
The organizing team consisted of 20 scientists/doctors/nurses with Dr.Teruyuki Sano of NYU as the head. They met regularly since September of last year and had frequent discussions in preparation for this meeting. They also ensured there was a daycare for children so that the whole family could participate in the event.
JMSA was pleased with the success of the event, and would like to thank all the organizations, companies and volunteers who supported this forum. We also welcome any feedback from this year’s participants in preparation for next year’s forum, which will be held in mid April, 2017.
We invite you to attend the JMSA New York Life Science Forum at NYU, which will be held on April 9th, 2016.
For more information, visit https://jmsa-nyu-forum.org
JMSA is proud to showcase one of our on-going Japan Relief efforts, 3/11 and 9/11: A Survivor Exchange Program at the Asia Society in New York. The special event will take place on the evening of Tuesday, March 8th, marking five years after the 3/11 Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident. The event will showcase the powerful stories of an outreach program that has joined the survivors, first responders and families of victims from the so-called “3-11” disaster with their counterparts who suffered their own traumas a decade earlier, after the attacks of September 11, 2001.
3-11 and 9-11 Survivor Stories
The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Five Years Later
8 March 2016
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street)
New York, NY 10021
Beginning in 2012, members of the 9/11 Tribute Center traveled to Japan on missions of compassion and community outreach to share their own experiences of tragedy, loss, recovery and resilience. For four years, these family members, survivors and first responders of the two disasters have traveled back and forth between Japan and the U.S., in an exchange that has yielded profound, life-changing results. Although the two catastrophes had different causes and impact, the more general issues of coping with large-scale disaster and its repercussions are universal. We are proud to present “3-11 and 9-11: Survivor Stories” featuring representatives from both communities, a short documentary film, and a conversation about the power of human connection and healing. A reception follows the program.
More information regarding the speakers and tickets can be be found in the following hyperlink: http://asiasociety.
JMSA greatly appreciates the good will and generosity of the collaborating partners. Special thanks go to Asia Society for hosing this event, American Airlines for generously providing roundtrip tickets from New York to Tokyo, the United States-Japan Foundation for generous funding support of this program, Consulate General of Japan in New York and Rotary Club for all local arrangements, Japan Society for program development, and Arnhold Institute for Global Health at Mount Sinai, Columbia University, and JAMSNET for their expertise.
JMSA/Nippon Club 37th Healthcare Lecture
Title: FLY Me to Amazing Anti-Cancer Drugs! An Eye Opening Lecturer Given by Dr. Masahiro Sonoshita
Dr. Sonoshita's bio:
Dept. Pharmacology, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan
Dept. Developmental and Regenerative Biology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
1995-1997, B.A., College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Japan
1997-1999, B.Pharm., Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Japan
1999-2001, M.Pharm., Grad. Sch. Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Japan
2001-2004, Ph.D., Grad. Sch. Medicine, Kyoto University, Japan
The wonderful lecture was held on 10/21 Wednesday at the Nippon Club. Dr. Kimihiko Oishi gave an excellent introduction and he was the MC for this program that was very well attended by physicians and members of the community. Dr. Masahiro Sonoshita gave an eye opening, thought-provoking lecture that described what cancer is, the mechanisms that lead to cancer, and the history of how people have fought against cancer based on such information. He also explained what oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes are and their critical roles in cancer development. He pointed out key figures in world history that have developed cancer treatment to our current state.
He finished his lecture discussing the significance of his ongoing work to generate novel chemical drugs for thyroid cancer using fruit flies in his research lab at Mount Sinai. His lecture made it clear that his work was extremely meticulous and would not be possible without his dedication to science and patience and persistence.
The lecture was very exciting with interactive slides. Dr. Sonoshita kindly explained complicated scientific concepts with visual aids making it very easy for all to understand the highly complex processes that he is working on in his lab at Mount Sinai.
JMSA extends a sincere thank you to Dr. Masahiro Sonoshita for giving us an unforgettable lecture.
The JMSA healthcare lecture series committee welcomes suggestions for lecturers and topics for our upcoming 2016 lecture series.