Strengthening Victoria’s relationships with Osaka

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Prof Jan Tennent & Prof Masafumi Wasa

BioMedVic CEO Prof Jan Tennent bolstered international bridges for clinical research and trials this month, as she hosted a delegation from Osaka to discuss professional exchange opportunities abroad for Victoria’s clinicians and scientists.

The delegation from Osaka University Hospital included Prof Masafumi Wasa, director of the Postgraduate Medical Training Center; Prof Akira Myoui, clinical professor at the Medical Center for Translational and Clinical Research; and Noriko Inoue, assistant professor and assistant director at the Graduate School of Medicine.

One of Prof Wasa’s official duties was to present Jan Tennent with her award of Collaborative Professorship to Osaka University for her efforts to strengthen relationships between the organisations.

The delegates engaged in fruitful discussion with Jan and BioMedVic Chair Dr George Morstyn about emerging opportunities for Victorian scientists to collaborate with Osaka under the new grant scheme provided by the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED).

A highlight was the delegation visit to the Monash University Central Clinical School, based at the Alfred Hospital, where two medical students from Osaka University will be conducting clinical rotations in January to February 2017. Here, the visitors discussed further educational opportunities with Prof Stephen Jane, head of the Monash University Central Clinical School and members of the BioMedVic Hospital Research Directors Forum, Prof Michelle Leech and Prof Nellie Georgiou-Karistianis.

Ms Keiko Haneda, Consul-General of Japan, hosted the delegates and Jan on a courtesy call.

Prof Rick Pearson, lad head at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and BioMedVic Scientific Advisory Council member, also kindly led the visitors on a tour of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

“It’s great to see how inspired our international colleagues were by Victoria’s world-class capabilities and infrastructure,” said Jan Tennent. “We’re looking forward to a continuing, productive relationship with Osaka in the future.”

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L to R: Prof Akira Myoui, Prof Matthew Gillespie, Noriko Inoue, Dr Raffi Luber, Prof Masafumi Wasa