March 2015

Bringing you updates on these topics:

WHS Regional Meeting Asia - Kyoto
- Opening Ceremony
- Session Introduction: Global Health R&D
- Speaker Update
- Closing Ceremony + Poster Award

World Health Summit 2015
- Save the Date
- Confirmed speakers

M8 Alliance News
- Top 100 World Universities by Reputation

WHS Regional Meeting Asia - Kyoto

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

Opening Ceremony

Five distinguished speakers will open the WHS Regional Meeting 2015 with special welcome messages informed by their fields of expertise:


Shunichi Fukuhara

President, World Health Summit


Nagahiro Minato

Executive Director & Vice-President, Kyoto University

Shinji Uemoto
Dean, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University

Shin-ichi Kikuchi
President, Fukushima Medical University

Detlev Ganten
Founding President, World Health Summit

Opening Speech

Michael J. Klag

Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Please follow this link for more information on the program >>>


Session Introduction: Global Health R&D

Monday, April 13
02:15 - 03:45pm

In 2014, the Ebola outbreak seriously threatened public health and economic viability in West African nations. Meanwhile, in Tokyo, the first dengue outbreak in 70 years shed light on the fact that globalization and urbanization are hastening the spread of potentially devastating diseases.

Without new tools to address infectious diseases that already infect one sixth of the world's population and put almost half this number again at risk of infection, rapid demographic shifts and natural disasters will continue to take an untenable toll.


Alex G. Coutinho

Chair of the Board, IAVI

Kiyoshi Kurokawa
Chair of the Board, GHIT Fund

BT Slingsby


Peter Piot and Kiyoshi Kurokawa

Osamu Nagayama
Chairman & CEO, Chugi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Peter Piot
Director, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


Koichi Kaneda

Senior Director, CSR, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

Please follow this link for more information on the program >>>

Speaker Update

Amanda Howe
President Elect WONCA (World Organisation of Family Doctors)

Primary Care - The Role in Super Aging Societies
Panel Discussion, Monday, April 13

Amanda Howe was elected RCGP Honorary Secretary in 2009. She practises at the Bowthorpe Medical Centre in Norwich, England and has been Professor of Primary Care at the University of East Anglia since 2001. Another area of interest is the promotion of leadership within primary care with a view to ensuring the profession has enough leaders for the future.

Ugur Erdener
Executive Board Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

Physical Activity and Sport
Symposium, Tuesday, April 14

Ugur Erdener is a physician specialized in ophthalmology, a triple jump athelete and a renowned basketball player. He is currently a member of the International Olympic Committee and President of the National Olympic Committee of Turkey. He has received many awards in the fields of medicine and sports alike and was elected four times as Turkey's Sportsman of the Year.

Shuzo Nishimura
Director, Institute for Health Economics and Policy

Designing a Healthy City
Symposium, Monday, April 13,

Shuzo Nishimura works on applying systems theory to analyze the relationship between medical services and costs, aiming to establish new fields of economics, such as clinical economics. He specializes in health economics, public economics, economics of insurance, and social security studies. 

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

Closing Ceremony & Poster Award

The closure of the WHS Regional Meeting 2015 will feature the remarks of central speakers, the publication of the M8 Alliance Statement and a special poster award.


Shunichi Fukuhara

President, World Health Summit


Thomas S. Inui

Fukushima Medical University

Ugur Erdener
Executive Board Member of IOC

Hiroo Imura

22nd President, Kyoto University

(Kyoto International Conference Center)

Ben Canny
Associate Dean, Monash University Faculty of Medicine

Detlev Ganten

Founding President, World Health Summit

Special Poster Award

During the WHS Regional Meeting, posters of young researchers will be presented on-site and discussed in special sessions. Participants of the meeting will be asked to vote on the best poster presented.

As a vivid sign of our support of young experts, the winner will be honored during the closing ceremony.

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

Live-Streams and Social Media

If you are not able to attend the WHS Regional Meeting, you may participate in real-time via our digital outlets:

Various keynote lectures and symposia will be streamed live on our website. Please visit to watch the live-streams.

(Please note: Bandwidth-limitations may cause occasional irregularities in the stream. In this case, please reload the page a little later.)

You can join the discussion through your Twitter-account, using the conference-hashtag #‎kyoto_whsrm‬. All tweets will be displayed via a Twitterwall on our website.

In addition, you can find updated pictures and quotes on our Facebook-Page.

Final Ticket Offer

The last tickets for the WHS Regional Meeting are available now. Do not miss you chance to participate in this uinique expert forum.

Please 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

Meet international experts like:

Thomas C. Südhof
Nobel Prize laureate, 2013

Ada Yonath

Nobel Prize laureate, 2009

Dame Sally Claire Davies
Chief Medical Officer for England

Victor Dzau
President, Institute of Medicine

Marie-Paule Kieny

Assistant-Director General, World Health Organization

Stefan Larsson
Senior Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group

Top 100 World Universities by Reputation

The Times Higher Education compiled their list "Top 100 World Universities by Reputation" again and seven out of 13 M8 Alliance member universities are listed. These include the hosts of all WHS Regional Meetings to date:

National University of Singapore, Singapore (2013)
University of São Paulo, Brazil (2014)
Kyoto University, Japan (2015)

Congratulations to all M8 Colleagues! Your effort and input will be felt at both the WHS Regional Meeting Asia in Kyoto and the next World Health Summit in Berlin.


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