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Editor-in-Chief of OBM Hepatology and Gastroenterology

Osamu Yokosuka is an Emeritus Professor of Chiba University, Japan. He graduated from Chiba University School of Medicine in 1975 then worked as a trainee under Professor K. Okuda in Chiba University Hospital till 1978. Dr. Yokosuka was a research fellow worked under Professor S. Scherlock and Professor B. H. Billing in Royal Free Hospital, London, UK from 1978 to 1980; under Professor M. Omata in Chiba University from 1980 to 1985; and under Dr. J Summers in Fox Chase Cancer Center, PA, USA in 1984. In 1985, he received a Degree of Doctor of Medical Science, and served as an Assistant Professor in Chiba University till 1994, then as Lecturer in Medicine till 2006 when he was appointed as Director and Professor of Medicine. From 2013 to 2015, he served as the Dean of Chiba University School of Medicine.

Dr. Yokosuka was the Secretary General of APASL (2008-2014). In 2016, he was elected as the President of APASL Tokyo, the President of 52nd Annual Meeting of Japan Society of Hepatology, and the President of Funabashi Central Hospital. Dr. Yokosuka’s research mainly focuses on Hepatitis and Hepatocellular Carcinoma. So far, he has published more than 700 original papers.


The Associate Editor of OBM Hepatology and Gastroenterology

Tatsuo Kanda received a medical degree in 1991 at Niigata University School of Medicine, Japan, and his PhD in 1999 at Chiba University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan. He had post-doctor training for 3 years under Prof. Ratna Ray and Prof. Ranjit Ray at Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, USA. In Dec. 2008, Tatsuo Kanda became a Tenure-track Associate Professor at Department of Medicine and Clinical Oncology, Chiba University, Graduate School of Medicine, Japan. In Feb. 2013, Tatsuo Kanda was nominated a permanent Associate Professor at Department of Gastroenterology and Nephrology, Chiba University, Graduate School of Medicine, Japan. In 2017, Tatsuo Kanda became an Associate Professor, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Nihon University School of Medicine. For ~25 years, he has focused his scientific interests on the topics related to liver diseases including acute liver failure, viral hepatitis and autoimmune liver diseases, and worked with Prof. Osamu Yokosuka. Tatsuo Kanda is also an expert for hepatitis A virus (HAV), HBV and HCV, and translation and replication of these viruses, and hepatocarcinogenesis. With his expertise in antiviral therapies and hepatitis virus research, Tatsuo Kanda also sees a lot of patients in clinical daily practice. Tatsuo Kanda has published more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed Journal.

Special Issue

Models of Caregiver Support

Submission Deadline: February 25, 2019 (Open)               Submit Now

Guest Editor

James S. Powers, MD
Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, USA
Clinical Associate Director, Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC), Tennessee Valley Health System
E-Mails: [email protected]; [email protected]
Tel.: 615-936-3274
Fax: 615-936-3156
Research Interests: Accidental Falls; Delirium; Dementia; Geriatric Consultation; Geriatric Syndromes; Hospital Care of Elderly; Interdisciplinary Patient Care Teams; Long Term Care; Patient Centered Medical Home

About This Topic

Care for aging persons involves consideration of caregiving. Aging persons experience heavy healthcare utilization and functional self-care limitations. In addition to clinical needs, some of this high-need population also have behavioral and social needs. The majority of long-term care provided to older adults and persons with disabilities is provided by unpaid family caregivers and friends. The 2015 National Caregiver Survey conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving in partnership with the American Association of Retired Persons estimates that 43.5 million unpaid caregivers provide assistance to at least one adult and the average caregiver spends over 24 hours per week in this role. Many caregivers report their health to be worse because of caregiving strain, and most report another unpaid caregiver assists them in their tasks. Caregivers help loved ones with at least one activity of daily living and four instrumental activities of daily living in addition to arranging or supervising outside services. The National Academy of Medicine predicts that the future professional workforce will be inadequate to meet the care needs for our aging population and that we will continue to rely on informal caregiving to supply the majority of long-term care services. Caregiver resources consist of skilled and non-skilled services. The major barrier to utilization of caregiver resources continues to be lack of awareness of available services with many caregivers also facing significant challenges trying to access community services, understanding eligibility criteria, and completing applications for services.

It is my pleasure to serve as Guest Editor for this Special Issue of the journal OBM Geriatrics focused on the subject of Models of Caregiver Support. Innovative care models which demonstrate improved outcomes in health and well-being, care utilization, and cost moderation can be scaled to enhance care generally. Successful models can involve the service setting, direct care delivery, and organizational culture. It is my pleasure to invite you to submit an invited feature article on the topic of Models of Caregiver Support. The manuscript may be either a full paper or a communication based on your own research in this area, or may be a focused review article on some aspect of the subject. Please note that for your contribution, all article processing charges will be *waived*. Potential contributors to this special edition of OBM Geriatrics may include investigators and participants in innovative models of care such as interactive, self – directed virtual care management, automated decision support tools, sharing of best practices, development of care management tools and referral help lines, long-distance caregiving, and addressing the need for professional support and guidance to cope with caregiver stress. Submissions with data and analyses are particularly welcome. Additionally, thoughtful descriptive proposals to identify high-need patients and caregivers, improve the cultural environment and attitudes regarding aging and society, health policy concerns, and successful team-based and collaborative care models are welcome.

Planned Papers

Title: Simplifying Caregiver Resources in Eldercare: Identifying the Support Needs of Caregiving Employees
Authors: James S. Powers, Barbara Clinton, Kayse Martin, Margaret A. Genendlis, Grace S. Smith

Title: Visual processing and the role of Gc in older adults' caregiving training
Author: Robert Zheng
Affiliation: Department of Educational Psychology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
This is a descriptive paper focusing on two important factors pertinent to older adults' cognitive processing in new information acquisition. The first factor relates to the concept of redundancy in visuals and the extent to which redundant visuals may benefit older adults' information processing. Discussion will be made in terms of visual design and cognitive strategies to promote older adults' learning. The second factor focuses on Gc and its relation to learning. Cognitive strategies for activating older adults' Gc in learning will be discussed.