U.S.-Japan Nutrition and Metabolism Panel : NIDDK

U.S.-Japan Nutrition and Metabolism Panel

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  • Background

    In 1965, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson and Japanese Prime Minister Eisaku Sato issued a joint communiqué recognizing their mutual concern for the health and well being of all the peoples of Asia. This effort led to the formation of the U.S.-Japan Cooperative Medical Science Program, which operates within a bilateral government framework. A Malnutrition Panel was established in 1966 to foster and support investigator-initiated research to help alleviate the serious problem of malnutrition. In 1997 the name of that panel was changed to the U.S.-Japan Nutrition and Metabolism Panel to better reflect its current emphases. The increasing westernization of the Japanese diet and the increasing affluence among the Japanese people may play a role in the changes seen in nutritional status and incidence of nutrition-related diseases in that country. Thus, current topics of importance to both the U.S. and Japan focus on consequences of changing dietary patterns on health, development of diseases, and disease prevention. Specific research areas addressing these topics include obesity, diabetes, and related metabolic disorders (including dyslipidemias and atherosclerosis); metabolic bone disease; nutrition and host defenses; and improved methodologies applicable to nutritional assessment, especially as it may relate to the other topics mentioned.


    U.S. Panel Members
    Alan Chait, M.D. Chairman
    Professor, Dept of Medicine
    University of Washington
    Div. of Metabolism, Endocrinology
    and Nutrition RG-26
    Seattle, Washington 98195
    Phone: (206) 543-3158
    FAX: (206) 685-8346
    Email: Dr. Chait

    Barbara C. Hansen, Ph.D.
    Professor of Physiology
    Obesity and Metabolism Laboratory
    University of Maryland School of Medicine
    MSTF Building, Room 600
    Baltimore, MD 21201
    Phone: (410) 706-3168
    Fax: (410) 706-7540 homefax: (703)356-4143
    Email: Dr. Hansen

    Rudolph Leibel, M.D.
    Professor of Pediatrics
    College of Physicians and Surgeons
    Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion
    1150 St. Nicholas Ave
    New York, New York 10032
    Phone: (212) 851-5257
    FAX: (212) 851-5306
    Email: rl232@cgcmail.cpmc.columbia.edu

    Claude Bouchard, Ph.D.
    Executive Director
    Pennington Biomedical Research Center
    Louisiana State University
    6400 Perkins Road
    Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Phone: (225) 763-2513
    FAX: (225) 763-0935
    Email: bouchaC@pbrc.edu

    Dr. D. Rodger Illingworth
    Professor of Medicine
    Dept of Medicine and Biochemistry
    Oregon Health Sciences University
    3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road
    Portland, OR 97201
    Phone: (503) 494-2004
    FAX: (503) 494-6986
    Email: bisaccip@ohsu.edu

    Japanese Panel Members
    Yasushi Saito, M.D. Chairman
    Dept. of Clinical Cell Biology
    Graduate School of Medicine
    Chiba University
    1-8-1 Inohana Chuoku Chiba
    260-8670 Japan
    Phone: 043-226-2089
    FAX: 043-226-2089
    Email: yasushi@intmed02.m.chiba-u.ac.jp

    Yuji Matsuzawa, M.D., Ph.D.
    Director, Sumitomo Hospital
    Professor Emeritus, Osaka University
    5-3-20 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku
    Osaka 530-0005 Japan
    Phone: (81) 6-6443-1261
    FAX: (81) 6-6444-3975
    Email: matsuzawa-yuji@sumitomo-hp.or.jp

    Masanobu Kawakami, M.D.
    Professor and Chairman
    Dept of Medicine
    Omiya Medical Center
    Jichi Medical School
    1-847 Amanuma Saitama
    Saitama-Ken 330-8503 Japan
    Phone: 048-647-2111
    FAX: 048-648-5166
    Email: nobukawa@omiya.jichi.ac.jp

    Heizo Tanaka, M.D., Ph.D., FFPHM
    National Institute of Health and Nutrition
    Professor Emeritus
    Tokyo Medical and Dental University
    1-23-1, Toyama, Shinjuku-ku
    Tokyo, Japan 162-8636
    Phone: 03-3203-5721
    FAX: 03-3202-3278
    Email: h-tanaka@nih.go.jp

    Dr. Yasuyoshi Ouchi
    Dept of Geriatric Medicine
    University of Tokyo, Japan
    7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku Chiba
    Tokyo 113-0033, Japan
    Email: youchi-tky@umin.ac.jp





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