JMSA Health Care Lecture Series: Flies with Dr. Masahiro Sonoshita

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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

Event Recap:
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.


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<< You can download Dr. Nariai's headache lecture slides here >>

June 17th Wednesday was a beautiful night for Nippon Club to host the 35th Health Seminar in cooperation with JMSA at the 5th floor Sakura Room. The topic was “Understanding Headaches,” and the lecture was presented by Dr. Hiroki Nariai who is currently a pediatric neurology fellow at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center.

Dr. Nariai started his presentation by explaining the different symptoms and treatments involved in various types of headaches such as migraines, tension type headaches, and cluster headaches. He further addressed how some types of severe headaches, such as subarachnoid hemorrhages, are life-threatening and how we can distinguish a serious headache that may require immediately attention from a non-serious one. Dr. Nariai also introduced some of the most recent technologies in neurological medicine in a very understandable way in which all audiences were able to enjoy regardless of their background.

The seminar ended successfully with a Q&A session and a reception where light snacks and wine were served. Guests and staffs were able to enjoy the rest of the night with each other and also with Dr. Nariai himself.

The next Health seminar will be held in October—details to come soon!  

43rd Annual Spring Dinner - A Big Success!

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JMSA held its 43rd Annual Spring Dinner on Saturday, May 9th, 2015 at the New York Athletic Club overlooking Central Park in New York City. The society was delighted to accommodate over 200 guests, including JMSA board members, healthcare professionals, scholarship recipients, students, and sponsors at the event.
The night began with a cocktail reception, followed by the dinner. Entertainment was provided by the Kay Matsukawa Quartet. Dr. Maki Kano and Dr. Robert Yanagisawa, co-chairs of the event, addressed the guests with opening remarks. Dr. Yuzuru Anzai, current president of JMSA, then continued to welcome guests, and proceeded to govern the voting of the 2015 JMSA Slate. The society is especially grateful for Mr. Reiichiro Takahashi, Ambassador and Consul-General of Japan in New York for his attendance and speech. JMSA scholarship awards were then presented by Dr. Robert Yanagisawa. Dr. Shintaro Yamada, scholarship recipient and the organizer of the recent JMSA New York Life Science Forum, gave a presentation of the forum. Dr. Takeshi Kanno of Tohoku University, chosen as one of the "100 most influential people in the world" by Time Magazine for his work immediately after the Earthquake in 2010, was introduced by Dr. Kamal Ramani. Dr. Kanno gave a speech thanking JMSA for the support of Tohoku area.
Overall, the JMSA 43rd Annual Spring Dinner was a tremendous success, and the society would like to express our deepest gratitude to those who attended, supported, and promoted the event. The society is grateful for the generous and continuous support provided by our sponsors, benefactors, and donors whom make JMSA events and scholarships possible.

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.

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.

Steps to Going into College and Medical Fields

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On April 19th, 2015 JMSA held its second panel discussion titled “Steps to Going to College and Medical Fields” as part of the Japanese American Association (JAA) Sakura Health Fair. The aim of the panel discussion was to introduce students to careers in the health professions and provide guidance on how to apply to college and medical school.

The panel featured JMSA physicians and student members with a wide variety of backgrounds in medicine. Panelists included: Dr. Yuzuru Anzai, Dr. Kimihiko Oishi, Dr. Maki Kano, Kenji Fujitani, Alisa Prager, and Yoshiko Toyoda. ‎The event attracted high school students, college students, as well as parents and other members of the Japanese community.

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 

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