GA Students Visit World Health Summit in Kyoto

On April 13th and 14th World Health Summit Regional Meeting Asia, Kyoto 2015 was held in Kyoto International Conference Center and forty-nine students of the Takatsuki GA course visited some programs of the second day on a one-day school trip.

The programs they saw were (1) a panel discussion “Fostering New Leadership in Medical Academia” with professors from Monash, Johns Hopkins, Geneva and Indiana as speakers on the stage, which was chaired by Dr. Shunichi Fukuhara, Dean of the School of Public Health, Kyoto University, (2) a lecture by Dr. Yoshiyuki Sankai, professor of the University of Tsukuba and the director of the Center for Cybernics Research, who developed the first cyborg-robot suit named HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) in the world, and (3) a lecture by Dr. Ichiro Kawachi, professor of Harvard School of Public Health, who established the field of “Social Epidemiology.”

Though the contents of the programs were often above the level of high school students, they were intellectually stimulated by an atmosphere of serious international academic conferences.