February 2015

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WHS Regional Meeting Asia - Kyoto
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WHS Regional Meeting Asia - Kyoto

April 13-14, 2015
Venue: Kyoto International Conference Center, Kyoto, Japan
Host: Kyoto University
Co-Host: Fukushima Medical University

Welcome Message

Having the longest life expectancy in the world and a burgeoning elderly population, Japan has transitioned to an aging society well before most other countries. Soon enough, it is likely that other industrialized as well as developing countries will face similar demographic changes. Thus it is our responsibility to summarize, at this WHS Regional Meeting, our efforts directed toward geriatric care in Japan and toward the further re-structuring of healthcare systems in preparation for a rapidly aging society.

Another important issue to focus on at this meeting is the health risks associated with disasters and environmental hazards. As members of the M8 Alliance we are committed to take a leading role at the WHS Regional Meeting in developing a unified approach to minimize the physical and mental health consequences of these disasters and hazards.

At this landmark conference we look forward to sharing our thoughts in the hope of promoting rewarding discussions among leaders in their respective fields of expertise.

With warmest regards,

Nagahiro Minato
Executive Director
Vice-President, Kyoto University

Shunichi Fukuhara
School of Public Health
Kyoto University


Selected Speakers for Special Lectures

...Robot Suit for the Future...

Prof. Yoshiyuki Sankai
University of Tsukuba, Japan

Professor Yoshiyuki Sankai has developed the world first powered exoskeleton, Robot Suit HAL® (Hybrid Assistive Limb). It is utilized for the benefit of senior citizens, physically challenged people and patient groups with specific diseases.

Prof. Sankai will give a special lecture on how Robot Suit HAL® can assist the aging society.

...Retinal Cell Therapy using iPS Cells...

Dr. Masayo Takahashi
RIKEN, Japan

Dr. Masayo Takahashi, the Top 10 Scientist in 2014 selected by Nature, led the world’s first transplant of tissue generated from iPS cells into a person. Her clinical study is intended to examine the safety of a human retinal pigmented epithelial cell product made from each patient’s own iPS cells.

Dr. Takahashi will give a presentation on her recent study and possibility of iPS cells.

...Healthy Aging: What Japanese Society can tell us...

Prof. Ichiro Kawachi
Harvard School of Public Health, USA

Prof. Kawachi is a world renowned researcher who was seminal in establishing the field of “Social Epidemiology”.

Prof. Kawachi will speak on the social determinants of healthy aging in Japanese society. What can the rest of the world learn from the Japanese case? What are the barriers and threats to healthy aging in society?

Please follow this link for more information on keynote speakers >>>


Main Theme: Building Resilience as a Social Responsibility of Medical Academia

The purpose of this meeting is to encourage trans-disciplinary discussion with special emphasis on the social responsibility of medical academia.

The program will be organized along three tracks addressing the most pressing challenges facing Asia:

- Challenges in a Rapidly Aging Society
- Preparedness for & Resilience after Disasters
- Fostering New Leadership

Please follow this link for a detailed timetable as PDF download >>>

Host: Kyoto University

Soon after the foundation of Kyoto University in 1897, the Graduate School of Medicine was founded in 1899. It has made a significant contribution to society via its advanced education and research of the highest standards.

The Graduate School of Medicine has over 1,300 undergraduate students, 1,000 graduate students and around 440 faculty members with 120 administration staff.

More about the Graduate School of Medicine >>>

More about Kyoto University >>>

Co-host: Fukushima Medical University

Fukushima Medical University was founded for the purpose of nurturing medical professionals.It is also a renowned research institute.

Fukushima Medical University has maintained a close relationship with Kyoto University since the 2011 earthquake off the Pacific coast of Tohoku and the subsequent Fukushima power plant disaster.

More about Fukushima Medical University >>>

(Picture (c) Wikimedia Commons)

Early Bird Registration

Don't miss the special offer for reduced tickets, available until February 28, 2015!

Simply follow this link for registration and further information >>>


World Health Summit 2015

Save the Date

7th World Health Summit
October 11-13, 2015
Federal Foreign Office Berlin, Germany

Central topics will be (among others):

- Health in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
- Climate Change and Health
- Global Health Policy: Governance in the G7/G20
- Medical Education
- Healthy Aging and Prevention
- Digital Health
- Translational Science

WHS Yearbook 2014

3 days, 7 keynotes, 6 symposia, 20 workshops, more than 1,200 registered participants from around 80 countries, and another 2,000 plus online visitors from all over the world - that was the World Health Summit 2014.

The WHS Yearbook provides substantive background information about the issues and initiatives raised at this sixth World Health Summit and the work of world leaders in global health.

Enjoy 100 pages of exclusive essays, reports, and interviews in the WHS Yearbook 2014 >>>

8th Charité Entrepreneurship Summit

The Future of Healthcare
Berlin, May 28-29, 2015.

Over 400 entrepreneurs, clinicians, top-notch researchers, investors, policy makers, and senior executives in the healthcare industry will once again meet in Berlin to discuss the newest medical innovations. Join your fellow medical innovation leaders!

Follow this link to learn more about the 8th Charité Entrepreneurship Summit >>>

WHS Regional Meeting - Kyoto
April 13-14
Kyoto International Conference Center


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