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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

Health Benefits of Meditation

Submission Deadline: July 27, 2018(Open)               Submit Now      Flyer

Guest Editor

Sok Cheon Pak, PhD
School of Biomedical Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Panorama Avenue, Bathurst, NSW 2795, Australia
E-mail: [email protected]
Research Interests: bee venom application; acupuncture: pain threshold; morphine dose reduction; medicinal herbs: anti-inflammatory; anti-allergic; immune-enhancing; polycystic ovarian syndrome; pap smear; evidence-based practice


Soo Liang Ooi
Centre for Complementary & Alternative Medicine, Singapore 247909
E-mail: [email protected]

About This Topic

People meditate to attain self-regulation and consciousness transformation. Regardless of personal preference, the underlying rationale for either approach is similar in terms of viewing meditation as a therapeutic means. Despite the fact that meditation techniques are increasingly popular amongst the public, we still have scarce, preliminary evidence that stems from research within the therapeutic context. Numerous studies have been conducted to look for effects of meditation, yet there is even more lack of scientific theories for mind-body interactions. Thus, the atheoretical methodology is frequently mirrored in the way of data collection used in the studies which include dependent variables that are not specific to meditation research. Future research on meditation intervention needs to be standardized as much as possible to ensure credibility. Disease-specific approach to meditation intervention is highly recommended to refine the role of meditation with the elimination of conventional medication. Understanding of different types of meditation with each unique interacting pathway among the brain, mind, body and behavior associated with clinically significant resiliency will facilitate the development of meditation as new therapeutics.


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  • Meditation; Health; Immune system; Brain; Therapeutics

Planned Papers

Title: Essence of Meditation and Its Aptness to Scientific Calibration
Authors: Hong Lin 1, Weijie Lin2
1. University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, Texas, USA
2. Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA

Title: The use of mindfulness meditation and mind-body exercises with medical students: A systematic review
Authors: Marcus A. Henning , Tae Joo Park , Fiona Moir , Christian U. Krageloh , Christopher Mysko , and Craig Webster

Title: Meditation: Awakening the Intuitive & Creative Self
Author: Mariya Shiyko, PhD
Affiliation: Department of Applied Psychology, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA

Title: Meditation and Immune Function: The Impact of Stress Management on the Immune System
Matthew Rossano: Department of Psychology, Southeastern Louisiana University, USA
Nichole Thibodeaux

Title: Binary Model of the Dynamics of Mindfulness in Managing Depression
Author: Andrew J Hede
Affiliation: Professor Emeritus, Department of Management, University of the Sunshine Coast, 90 Sippy Downs Dr, Sippy Downs, 4556, Australia
The many conceptualisations of mindfulness that have been proposed in the literature are all based on an underlying unitary model of the human psyche. By contrast, the present binary model distinguishes between two types of mindfulness, an active form and a passive form. The bases for these two types of mindfulness are two selves within the psyche, the ‘meta self’ (underpinning active or ‘meta-mindfulness’) and the ‘supra self’ (underpinning passive or ‘supra-mindfulness’). The binary model shows how these two types of self (and their corresponding types of mindfulness meditation) can provide an effective approach to managing depression. By combining both cognitive defusion using meta-mindfulness and existential disidentification using supra-mindfulness, individuals can learn to manage their cognitive dysfunction and thereby reduce the effects of depression in their lives.

Title: Mindfulness Meditation as a Means of Improving Health Behaviors and Reducing Stress in College Students
Author: Stephanie Bryan

Title: Metabolism and meditation
Author: Seán Ó Nualláin

Title: Health-related outcomes of mindfulness-based interventions for anxiety and depression
Author: Phillip Spaeth, Megan Renna, and Douglas Mennin

Title: Metabolism and meditation
Author: Seán Ó Nualláin, Candice A Price

Title: Mindfulness to manage emotions in the therapeutic context; the importance of therapeutic accompaniment to implement mindful attention to the emotions
Author: Natalia Ramos Díaz
Affiliation: the University of Malaga, Spain