Fourth Group of Mansfield-PhRMA Research Scholars Announced

June 22, 2016

(Washington, D.C.)  The Mansfield Foundation is pleased to announce that eight researchers from Japan have been selected to participate in the Mansfield-PhRMA Research Scholars program this year.  The Mansfield-PhRMA Research Scholars Program, sponsored by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), was launched in early 2013 to provide opportunities for young researchers from Japan’s pharmaceutical research community to learn about U.S. translational research, healthcare policy, and regulatory practices and bring these experiences back to Japan for seeds of new ideas.  Each year the Research Scholars Program brings highly accomplished Japanese researchers to the United States to explore the U.S. ecosystem for fostering translational research.  The fourth group of researchers will travel to the United States in September for a two-week program that will include a series of meetings and site visits in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Boston.

The researchers selected for the program this year are:

Koji Fujita, Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgery, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Science, Tokyo Medical and Dental University

Atsushi Hashizume, Clinical Fellow, Department of Neurology, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine

Ryuji Kato, Associate Professor, Laboratory of Cell and Molecular Bioengineering, Department of Basic Medical Sciences, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nagoya University

Haruka Nakada, Project Research Fellow, Department of Public Policy, Human Genome Center, the Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo

Sumimasa Nagai, Senior Assistant Professor, Division of Genetic Therapeutics, Advanced Clinical Research Center, the Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo (IMSUT) and at the Department of Hematology/Oncology and Center for Translational Research, IMSUT Hospital

Takeshi Ohama, Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Pharmacology, Joint Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Yamaguchi University

Wataru Shibata, Associate Professor, Division for Translational Research, Advanced Medical Research Center, Yokohama City University

Yutaka Shimazu, Project Researcher, Department of Immunology, Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences, Kyoto University

“We look forward to welcoming another outstanding cohort of Japanese scientists to the Mansfield-PhRMA Research Scholars Program,” said Mansfield Foundation Vice President Benjamin Self.  “The scholars’ diverse interests and experiences demonstrate the importance of translational research across the medical field and the need for collaboration among experts from various backgrounds.  Researchers who previously participated in the program are applying the experience to make positive changes in their research and their institutions.  We are confident the program will also encourage this new group of researchers to develop their networks in the United States and Japan, enhance their understanding of the U.S. ecosystem, and contribute to the development of translational research in Japan.”

The fourth group of Mansfield-PhRMA Research Scholars will arrive in Washington in mid-September and later travel to Philadelphia and Boston.  Over the course of the two-week program the group will meet with experts in major pharmaceutical research programs, including managers of pharmaceutical research programs in the U.S. government and specialists in translating research into commercial opportunities.  In Washington they will meet with policy experts in Congress and think tanks and senior scientists at the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health.  The researchers will visit academic institutions and pharmaceutical companies in Philadelphia and Boston as well as leading institutions including the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics and Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development.  Upon their return to Japan, the researchers are expected to share what they learned from the program with their colleagues and to contribute to the development of translational research in Japan in a practical way.

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that promotes understanding and cooperation in U.S.-Asia relations.  The Foundation was established in 1983 to honor Mike Mansfield (1903-2001), a revered public servant, statesman and diplomat who played a pivotal role in many of the key domestic and international issues of the 20th century as U.S. congressman from Montana, Senate majority leader and finally as U.S. ambassador to Japan.  Maureen and Mike Mansfield’s values, ideals and vision for U.S.-Asia relations continue through the Foundation’s exchanges, dialogues, research and educational programs, which create networks among U.S. and Asian leaders, explore the underlying issues influencing public policies, and increase awareness about the nations and peoples of Asia.  The Foundation has offices in Washington, D.C.; Tokyo, Japan; and Missoula, Montana.

To read this news release in Japanese, please click HERE

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