WHS Regional Meeting - Kyoto



Date: April 13 - 14, 2015
Venue: Kyoto International Conference Center, Kyoto, Japan
Host: Kyoto University
Co-Host: Fukushima Medical University

Welcome Message

Having the longest life expectancy in the world and a burgeoning elderly population, Japan has transitioned to an aging society well before most other countries. Soon enough, it is likely that other industrialized as well as developing countries will face similar demographic changes. Thus it is our responsibility to summarize, at this WHS Regional Meeting, our efforts directed toward geriatric care in Japan and toward the further re-structuring of healthcare systems in preparation for a rapidly aging society.

Another important issue to focus on at this meeting is the health risks associated with disasters and environmental hazards. Recent devastating natural disasters in Asia (e.g., Typhoon Yolanda in 2013 and the devastating earthquake off the Pacific coast of Tohoku in 2011) are still fresh in our memory and left terrible scars on affected citizens. Environmental hazards such as the increase in air pollution by PM2.5 particulates in newly industrializing countries are threatening public health on the local, national, and global fronts. As members of the M8 Alliance we are committed to take a leading role at the WHS Regional Meeting in developing a unified approach to minimize the physical and mental health consequences of these disasters and hazards.

It is a tremendous privilege to organize the WHS Regional Meeting Asia, Kyoto 2015 in Japan. At this landmark conference we look forward to sharing our thoughts in the hope of promoting rewarding discussions among leaders in their respective fields of expertise.

With warmest regards,

Nagahiro Minato
Executive Director
Vice-President, Kyoto University

Shunichi Fukuhara
School of Public Health
Kyoto University

Registration Fee

~ 28/Feb1/Mar ~Onsite
General18,000 yen20,000 yen25,000 yen7,000 yen1,000 yen
Researcher11,000 yen13,000 yen15,000 yen7,000 yen1,000 yen
Student1,000 yen2,000 yen2,000 yen3,500 yen1,000 yen

approx. 115 yen = 1 USD (2014/11/20)
The general terms & conditions for registration and accommodation can be accessed here.

Registration Desk

April 13, Monday09:30 - 11:30

12:30 - 17:30
Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto
"Gold Room", 1st Basement Level
Kyoto International Conference Center
"Room A", 2nd Floor
April 14, Tuesday08:30 - 17:30Kyoto International Conference Center
"Room A", 2nd Floor

Please make sure to print out and bring with you the previously sent "Registration Confirmation Sheet". Name tags and tickets for congress bags etc. will be handed out at the registration desk. 

For participants who wish to register on-site, please come to the "On-Site Registration Counter" to fill out the required forms and pay the necessary fees. The payment may be made by credit card or cash (Japanese Yen only).


The program will be organized along three tracks:

  1. Challenges in a Rapidly Aging Society
  2. Preparedness for & Resilience after Disasters
  3. Fostering New Leadership

(Please follow this link for a detailled timetable (PDF document >>>)

The purpose of this meeting is to encourage transdisciplinary discussion, with a special emphasis on social responsibility in medical academia. In addition to the pressing global health issues on the agenda at the WHS in Berlin, we have selected the following topics as the most pressing challenges facing Asia. They reflect an exchange of ideas on the role of medical academia in public health promotion programs and policy-making.

Main Theme: Building Resilience as Social Responsibility of Medical Academia

Key Topic - 1: Challenges in a Rapidly Aging Society

As a consequence of the growing proportion of elderly in the population, many countries face transitions to an aging society. With this demographic change, healthcare systems clearly require reforms that move away from the current hospital-centered paradigm of medicine – which focuses on advanced medical treatment and care – to community-centered preventative medicine. We will discuss, in the framework of the trans-disciplinary WHS network, the role of the medical academic community in these healthcare reforms, as well as how it can help predict people’s needs in rapidly aging societies.

Key Topic - 2: Preparedness for & Resilience after Disasters

Disasters and environmental hazards often have major impacts on the lifelong health of the citizens they affect. The most important responsibilities of academic medicine include the accurate prediction of and strategic preparations for health impairments caused by such events. In this second Key Topic, we will discuss roles in specific events that have affected people in Asia during the past several years: the 2013 Typhoon Yolanda, the 2011 earthquake off the Pacific coast of Tohoku, and the rise in PM2.5 air pollution.

In addressing two of the topics above, we will discuss our specific experiences in Japan. The Japanese academic community’s efforts to develop unified approaches through tripartite collaborations with ministries and industry will be presented as “the Japan model.”

Key Topic – 3: Fostering New Leadership

One of academic medicine’s most important missions is to groom the next generation of leaders to play a role in the continuous promotion of global health. We plan to make training program comparisons among M8 Alliance members, and to reexamine the aims and future directions of our medical education systems.

(Please follow this link for a detailled timetable (PDF document >>>)


Special Lectures

Yoshiyuki Sankai
Professor, University of Tsukuba

Masayo Takahashi
Project Leader
RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology

Opening Speech

Michael J. Klag
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Keynote Lectures

Barry R. Bloom
Harvard School of Public Health

Peter Piot
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

John Z. Ayanian
University of Michigan

Ichiro Kawachi
Harvard School of Public Health

Closing Speech

Hiroo Imura
Professor Emeritus, The 22nd President
Kyoto University

Please follow this link for a comprehensive list of speakers >>>

Venue & Host City

Meeting Venue

Kyoto International Conference Center
Takaragaike, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-0001 Japan
Tel: +81-75-705-1229
Fax: +81-75-705-1100

Further information >>>

Meeting Venue

Kyoto International Conference Center
Takaragaike, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-0001 Japan
Tel: +81-75-705-1229
Fax: +81-75-705-1100

Further information >>>

Host: Kyoto University

The Graduate School of Medicine at Kyoto University was set up in 1899, just two years after the facility was founded, and has made many great contributions to society over the years with its advanced education departments and top-notch research teams. It has produced numerous scholars and medical researchers of the first rank who have in turn churned out a continuous stream of highly original medical treatment and research findings.

The Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine has over 1,300 undergraduate students, 1,000 graduate students, around 440 faculty members and 120 administration staff.

More about the Graduate School of Medicine >>>

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Co-host: Fukushima Medical University

Fukushima Medical University was founded to nurture young medical professionals who will contribute to the future promotion of health, medical care and welfare of the citizens of Fukushima Prefecture. It is also a research institute that seeks to contribute to communities and human welfare by making advances in medicine, nursing and related areas.

Since the 2011 earthquake off the Pacific coast of Tohoku and the subsequent Fukushima power plant disaster, Fukushima Medical University has maintained a close relationship with Kyoto University, and is now also a significant participant in the WHS.

More about Fukushima Medical University >>>

About the Host City

The imperial capital of Japan for more than 1,000 years, Kyoto is famous for its natural beauty, as well as its temples, shrines, towns and homes. In 1994, a total of 17 traditional locations in the city were added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Kyoto is also one of Japan’s leading academic centers, and is home to around 40 institutions of higher education.

More about Kyoto city >>>

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WHS Regional Meeting Secretariat

1) Administration Office

c/o Prime International Co., Ltd.
#601, 1-13-10, Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0013 Japan
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Fax: +81-3-6277-0118
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2) Host Organization

Kyoto University
Yoshida-Konoecho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501 Japan
E-mail: WHSRM2015(at)mail2.adm.kyoto-u.ac.jp



〒606-8501 京都市左京区吉田近衛町
京都大学 医学・病院構内共通事務部 内
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