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Mansfield-PhRMA Research Scholars

2019 Participant Biographies

 

Hiroki Akiba is project researcher in the Laboratory of Pharmacokinetic Optimization at the Center for Drug Design Research, National Institutes for Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition. Prior to his current role, he worked as a postdoc at The University of Tokyo in the field of protein engineering and biomolecular recognition. Currently, he conducts research on the optimization of antibody molecules. His research covers optimization strategy for the improvement of affinity or stability, developing novel bispecific antibody scaffolds and antibody fusions, and selecting antibody variable fragments for optimal development of biparatopic antibodies. Dr. Akiba received his PhD from the Department of Advanced Interdisciplinary Sciences, School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo in 2013, by a study of a chemical sensor to detect tyrosine phosphorylation. He also holds a MS from the Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo (2010), and a BS from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Tokyo (2008).

 

Seiji Kishi is associate professor at the General Medicine section at Kawasaki Medical School. Previously, he worked as an assistant professor at Tokushima University Hospital, where he conducted clinical practice, student and resident education on kidney disease. Prior to that, he was employed in the Renal Division of the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital as a research fellow. He has also worked at the Hyogo Prefectural Amagasaki Hospital as an attending physician and fellow. In his current capacity, he works as a general internist at the University Hospital, and also educates medical students, residents, and fellows at clinical practice sites. His research focuses on elucidating the molecular mechanisms of why acute kidney injury transitions to chronic kidney disease, using genetically modified animals and organoids. Dr. Kishi received his PhD in Nephrology from Tokushima University Graduate School in 2011, as well as an MD from the Department of Medicine at Tokushima University in 2000.

 

Takahiro Kogawa is staff physician at the Department of Experimental Therapeutics and Department of Breast Medical Oncology at the National Cancer Center East Hospital. He has previously worked at the Department of Medical Oncology at the KKR Sapporo Medical Center Tonan Hospital. In his current position, he performs patient treatments at inpatient and outpatient clinics, and implements clinical trials for phase I studies for cancer agent developments. He also engages in educating residents and fellows at his institution for clinical treatment methods and research activity guidance. Dr. Kogawa completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2014, and received his PhD in Gastroenterology from the Graduate School of Sapporo Medical University in 2007. He received his MD from Sapporo Medical University in 2000.

 

Narihito Nagoshi is assistant professor at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Keio University’s School of Medicine. Previously, he worked as a spine surgeon at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, at the Spinal Cord Injury Center in Hokkaido Chuo Rosai Hospital, as well as at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Murayama Clinical Center. In his current capacity, his research focuses on regenerative medicine for spinal cord injury, and is also responsible for clinical research on patients with spinal cord injuries using iPS cells. He also engages in teaching appropriate diagnostic techniques and treatment methods for spine and spinal cord diseases for trainees, as well as perform over 100 surgical operations a year as chief of a spinal cord disease treatment group. Dr. Nagoshi received his PhD in Orthopaedics in 2009 from Keio University’s Graduate School of Medicine, and a MD in 2002 from Keio University’s School of Medicine.

 

Hitomi Okuma is medical oncologist at the Clinical Trial Management Section in the Research Management Division of the Clinical Research Support Office, and the Department of Breast and Medical Oncology at the National Cancer Center Hospital. Her current responsibilities include conducting a project related to platform (basket/umbrella) trials with a registry study for rare cancers (MASTER KEY Project). In addition to coordinating between the multiple committees involved in the project, she plans and designs clinical trials and accompanying research, and acting as liaison between academic researchers and companies, with the goal of accelerating drug approval for rare cancers. Dr. Okuma received her PhD from the Graduate School of Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Chiba University in 2017, and holds a MD from Nagasaki University School of Medicine (2011).

 

Kazutaka Otsuji is an assistant professor at the Department of Breast and Endocrine Surgery at the University of Tokyo Hospital. Previously, he worked as a general surgeon at JR Tokyo General Hospital. In his current role, he engages in medical practice and treatment of diseases related to the breast and thyroid gland. He also researches the application of droplet-digital PCR as a diagnostic tool for breast cancer and breast fibro epithelial tumors. He is also involved in educating the medical students, trainees, and graduate students at the University Hospital. Dr. Otsuji received his PhD in Surgical Science from the Graduate School of Medicine at the University of Tokyo in 2018, and an MD from the University of Tokyo, Medical School in 2009.

 

Masamichi Takahashi works at the Department of Neurosurgery and Neuro-Oncology at the National Cancer Center Hospital as a neurosurgeon, neuro-oncologist, and a basic researcher for patients with malignant brain tumors. His current research involves overseeing the distribution of multicenter, phase II, investigator-initiated clinical trials of eribulin mesylate in patients with recurrent glioblastoma. Prior to his current position, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) for three years, and conducted basic scientific research, focusing on translational research and developing novel gene therapy from bench to bedside. Dr. Takahashi holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Medicine (2011), and a MD from the School of Medicine at Niigata University (2001).

 

Hiroyoshi Tanaka is assistant professor at the Department of Pharmaceutical Biomedicine at the Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, at Okayama University. His research pertains to elucidating the pathogenesis and formulating novel therapeutic strategies for pancreatic cancer. In addition to analyzing human histopathology as well as conventional animal models, he works in collaboration with clinicians and basic researchers of other disciplines to generate novel in vitro platforms using original 3D culture techniques. These 3D models enable for screening of compounds that control the malignant tumor microenvironment. Mr. Tanaka received his MD from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Medicine in 2013, and was subsequently enrolled in the Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology, at the University of Tokyo until 2016.

 

Takao Watamoto is division chief at the Division of Project Promotion, Department of Cyclic Innovation at the Japan Agency of Medical Research and Development (AMED). Previously, he worked at Tokai-Hokuriku Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare as section chief, as well as at the Graduate School of Biomedical Science in Nagasaki University as an assistant professor. In his current role, Dr. Watamoto manages the Cyclic Innovation for Clinical Empowerment project at AMED. Dr. Watamoto holds a PhD in Prosthodontics from the Graduate School of Dentistry, Osaka University (2005), and has graduated the School of Dentistry, Osaka University in 2001.

 

Nariaki Iwasawa is reviewer at the Office of Pharmacovigilance II and Office of New Drug V, at the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA). Previously, he worked at the Office of New Drug II at PMDA, where he was involved in drug approval review, specifically in evaluating efficacy and safety data of clinical studies and pharmacological data of non-clinical studies. In his current role, he formulates post marketing risk management plans regarding anticancer drugs, in which he looks at the risk involved after marketing, based on safety data of clinical and non-clinical studies, adverse reaction reports, as well as results of post-marketing surveillance. Dr. Iwasawa holds a PhD and a Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Biostudies, Kyoto University (2014 and 2011, respectively), and a Bachelor’s from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Kyoto University (2009).

 

Past Participants

2018

  • Kensuke Ikenaka, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine
  • Masahito Kawabori, Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Hokkaido University Hospital
  • Takuya Kawahara, Project Assistant Professor, Biostatistics Division of the Central Coordinating Unit, The University of Tokyo Hospital’s Clinical Research Support Center
  • Eisuke Kobayashi, Head of Musculoskeletal Oncology, National Cancer Center Hospital
  • Hiroko Masuda, Assistant Professor, Department of Breast Surgical Oncology, Showa University
  • Yuta Mishima, Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Kyoto University
  • Yuya Sasaki,Japanese Fellow, United States Naval Hospital Yokusuka
  • Kentaro Tomii, Leader, Intelligent Bioinformatics Research Team, Artificial Intelligence Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
  • Yoshihiro Katsura, Technical Officer, Division of Pharmacopoeia and Standards for Drugs, Office of Standards and Guidelines Development, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA)
  • Yumiko Tomoyasu, Deputy Manager, Office of Project Coordination, Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)

2017

  • Hiroshi Arakawa, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy, Institute of Medical, Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences, Kanazawa University
  • Natsuko Kishishita, Researcher, Laboratory of Mockup Vaccine, National Institutes of Biomedical Innovation, Health and Nutrition
  • Mayumi Kusunose, Project Researcher, Department of Public Policy, Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo
  • Kiyoshi Nobori, Associate Professor, Clinical Research Center, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Tokyo Medical and Dental University
  • Munenori Takata, Assistant Professor, Clinical Research Support Center, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Tokyo Hospital
  • Makiko Uchiyama, Research Lecturer, Center for Clinical and Translational Research, Kyushu University Hospital
  • Norihisa Yamamoto, Clinical Fellow, Division of Infection Control and Prevention, Osaka University Hospital
  • Osamu Yoshida, Assistant Professor, Department of Gastroenterology and Metabology, Ehime University Graduate School of Medicine
  • Shintaro Nakano, Reviewer, Office of New Drug V, Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA).
  • Yoshihiko Furusawa, Deputy Manager, Division of Rare/Intractable Disease Research, Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)

2016

  • Koji Fujita, Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgery, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Science at Tokyo Medical and Dental University
  • Atushi Hashizume, Clinical Fellow, Department of Neurology, Graduate School of Medicine at Nagoya University
  • Ryuji Kato, Associate Professor, Department of Basic Medical Science, Laboratory of Cell and Molecular Bioengineering, Nagoya University Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Sumimasa Nagai, Senior Assistant Professor, Division of Genetic Therapeutics, Advanced Clinical Research Center, the Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo (IMSUT) & Department of Hematology/Oncology and Center for Translational Research, IMSUT Hospital.
  • Haruka Nakada, Project Research Fellow, Department of Public Policy, Human Genome Center, the Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo
  • Yukika Nishimura, Deputy Manager, Department of Clinical Research and Trials, Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)
  • Takeshi Ohama, Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Pharmacology, Joint Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Yamaguchi University
  • Wataru Shibata, Associate Professor, Advanced Medical Research Center, Yokohama City University
  • Yukata Shimazu, Project Researcher, Department of Immunology, Institute for Frontier Medical Services, Kyoto University
  • Tomohiro Yamaguchi, Medical Reviewer, Office of New Drug V at the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA)

2015

  • Hisayoshi Hashimoto, Research Resident, Division of Molecular and Cellular Medicine, National Cancer Center Research Institute
  • Yoichi Ito, Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine
  • Tomoko Iwata, Biostatistics Reviewer, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA)
  • Hiroya Kuwahara, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurological Science, Tokyo Medical and Dental University
  • Kazue Mizuno, Research Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Department of Materials and Science, The University of Tokyo, School of Engineering
  • Fumihiko Nakatani, Head, Musculoskeletal Oncology, National Cancer Center Hospital
  • Shinichi Okudaira, Reviewer, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA)
  • Takayoshi Shimohata, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, Niigata University, Brain Institute
  • Keiko Ueda, Chief Researcher, Department of Regenerative Medicine, National Cardiovascular Center
  • Kiyoshi Yamaguchi, Assistant Professor, Division of Clinical Genome Research, The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo

2014

  • Kazuki Hattori – Project Assistant Professor, The University of Tokyo
  • Akihiro Hirakawa – Lecturer, Nagoya University Hospital
  • Mako Kamiya – Assistant Professor, The University of Tokyo
  • Ken Kato – Chief/Head, National Cancer Center Hospital
  • Masahisa Katsuno – Associate Professor, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine
  • Makiko Kusama – Lecturer, The University of Tokyo
  • Akiko Nitta – Reviewer, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA)
  • Kiyoshi Okada – Project Associate Professor, Okada University Hospital
  • Koichiro Yuji – Project Lecturer, The University of Tokyo

2013

  • Yasushi Goto Assistant Professor, The University of Tokyo Hospital
  • Taizo Hirata  – Associate Professor, Okayama University Hospital
  • Yukako Imanaka – Officer, National Institute of Biomedical Innovation (NIBIO)
  • Toru Komatsu – Assistant Professor, The University of Tokyo
  • Kuniyasu Niizuma – Clinical Associate Professor, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine
  • Toru Oga – Associate Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University
  • Daisuke Sugiyama – Unit Leader and Associate Professor, Center for Clinical and Translational Research of Kyushu University Hospital
  • Kanako Takatsuki – Reviewer, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA)
  • Issei Takayama – Technical Officer, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA)
  • Kan Yonemori – Medical Staff, National Cancer Center Hospital, Tokyo