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US-Japan Workshop on Engineering in Medicine and Biology

March 14, 2019


On March 6-7, 2019, UC San Diego and the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) jointly hosted the “US-Japan Workshop on Engineering in Medicine and Biology” in La Jolla, California. The workshop brought together subject-matter experts from both sides of the Pacific to discuss recent advances in research, as well as ways to accelerate the pace of discoveries and bringing them more quickly to clinical trial and commercialization. UC San Diego leadership, including Vice Chancellor for Research Sandra Brown, Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Douglas Ziedonis, and Jacobs School of Engineering Dean Albert Pisano, welcomed the Japanese delegation led by Dr. Yoshiyuki Taenaka, founding director of the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center and Specially Appointed Professor of Osaka University.


Dean Al Pisano welcoming attendees.

 Dr. Shu Chien, director of the Institute of Medicine in Engineering at UC San Diego delivered a keynote presentation on the challenges and opportunities in bioengineering, while Dr. Ichiro Sakuma, professor of the University of Tokyo, spoke about they way bioengineering has contributed to basic and clinical medicine. Dr. Deborah Spector, director of ACTRI Translational Research Alliance and Dr. David Vera, professor of Radiology moderated several sessions. Miwako Waga, director of International Outreach in the Office of Research Affairs, served as the general moderator. The workshop has led to conversations about new partnerships in research and education.