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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

Human Islets for Diabetes Research and Transplantation

Submission Deadline: March 31, 2019 (Open)               Submit Now

Guest Editor

Tatsuya Kin, MD, PhD
Clinical Islet Laboratory, University of Alberta Hospital, 210 College Plaza, 8215-112 St, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G2C8
E-Mail: [email protected]
Research Interests: Islet isolation; islet transplantation

About the Topic

The past decade has seen enormous progress in clinical islet transplantation as a therapy for type 1 diabetes, as well as steady expansion in human islet isolation activity worldwide. Islet isolation centers have been providing human islets for clinical transplantation and for basic research. Thanks to improvement of islet isolation technology and implementation of islet distribution programs, many basic researchers now have access to this valuable resource. In the face of recent recognition that human islets differ in a critical way from nonhuman counterparts, the demand of human islets for basic research is ever increasing and novel findings on human islet biology are accumulating. Also cells derived from human pancreatic tissue have a potential for future development of cellular based therapy for diabetes. The aim of this issue is to serve as a platform to update the current knowledge and recent progress in the basic research utilizing human islets as well as in clinical islet transplantation.

Planned Papers

Title: Islet transplantation to the other site than the portal vein.
Authors: Tomohiko Adachi, Susumu Eguchi
Affiliation: Nagasaki University, Japan

Title: Pancreatic islet isolation from marginal donors
Authors: Takayuki Anazawa, Hideaki Okajima, Shinji Uemoto

Title: Imaging Modalities to Quantify Pancreatic Islet Mass and Function
Author: M. Reza Mirbolooki
Affiliation: Southern California University of Health Sciences, USA