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INNOVATION FOR DEVELOPMENT: The Tokyo International Conference for Africa's Development, the G-8, and Beyond

Sponsor: Human Development Network

Professor Kiyoshi Kurokawa, Special Advisor to the Cabinet for Science and Technology
Presentation: Innovation for Development (PPT, 90KB)
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Date:  Monday, January 7, 2008

The year 2008 will be a critical year for Japanese foreign policy as Japan will be hosting the Global Health Summit in February, the Tokyo International Conference for African Development in May, and the G-8 Summit in July.  The year 2008 also marks the mid-term for the Millennium Development Goals.  Professor Kiyoshi Kurokawa is directly involved in planning each of these activities.  He will discuss Japan's vision for each of these major events and the essential of science, technology, and innovation in promoting sustainable, inclusive development in Africa and elsewhere.

Professor Kiyoshi Kurokawa, M.D, M.A.C.P.  ( Dr. Kurokawa's homepage)

Dr. Kurokawa serves as Special Advisor to the Cabinet. He is Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies and Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo. He is Commissioner of the WHO Commission for Social Determinants of Health and Chairman, Health Policy Institute, Japan.

Dr. Kurokawa received a MD degree in 1962 from the University of Tokyo Faculty of Medicine. Following clinical training in internal medicine and then in nephrology at the Department of Medicine of the University of Tokyo Faculty of Medicine (1962-1969), he was research associate, Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1969-1971), senior research fellow at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and UCLA School of Medicine (1971-1973), assistant professor of Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine (1973-1974), associate professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Southern California (1974-1977), and UCLA School of Medicine (1977-1979), then professor of medicine, Department of Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine (1979-1984). He was then appointed as associate professor, Department of Medicine (Ⅳ) of the University of Tokyo Faculty of Medicine (1983-1989) and professor and chairman, Department of Medicine (I) of the University of Tokyo (1989-1996). He assumed Dean and Professor of Medicine of Tokai University School of Medicine (1996-2002) and Director of the Institute of Medicine Sciences, Tokai University (1996-2004). He was Professor, Research Institute of Science and Technology, Tokai University(2004-2006) as well as Adjunct Professor, the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo(2004-2007).

Dr. Kurokawa has served and serves as executive officer to many prestigious professional societies including the Japanese Society of Internal Medicine (chairman of the Board, 1990-1993, and President, 1995-1996), the International Society of Nephrology (councilor, 1991-1995, President-Elect, 1995-1997, and President 1997-1999), the Japanese Society of Nephrology (councilor and board member, 1990-present, president, 1993-1994, Chairman of the Board of Directors, 1997-2001). He was President of the International Congress of Internal Medicine in May, Kyoto (2000-02) and President-elect of the International Society of Internal Medicine (2003-05). Dr. Kurokawa is board certified in internal medicine and its subspecialty of nephrology by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and Master of the American College of Physicians, and Governor of the Japan Chapter of American College of Physicians (2004- ). He is an elected member of many prestigious professional societies including Science Council of Japan (Vice President, 2000-2003, and President, 2003-2007), Member of InterAcademy Panel (2001-), and InterAcademy Council (2001- ), American Society for Clinical Investigation, Association of American Physicians, and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of the USA. He is also Board Member to the Agency for Science, Technology and Research(A*STAR), Singapore(2007-), Member of the President's Council, New York Academy of Sciences(2006-) and Member of UNU (United Nations University) Honorary Advisory Committee(HAC) in Japan(2007-).

Dr. Kurokawa has served and serves in many committees of the Ministries of Japan and as Science Advisor for the Ministry of Education, Sciences and Culture.

Dr. Kurokawa is a leader and well known in his professional community both nationally and internationally. Because of his highly unique and unusual professional careers which span over 15 years each in both Japan and USA, he has been a leader in and an advocate for many academic and professional activities in Japan. He is a recipient of Order of Purple from the Government of Japan for Excellence in Academic Achievements in 1999.

For more information visit Dr. Kurokawa's homepage.

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