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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.


Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Energy and Power Technology

Zhao Yang DongZhao Yang Dong (M’99–SM’06-F'17) obtained Ph.D. degree from the University of Sydney, Australia in 1999. He is currently the SHARP professor and Director of the University of New South Wales Digital Grid Futures Institute, The University of New South Wales, Australia. He is also Director for ARC Research Hub for Integrated Energy Storage Solutions. He was previously Professor and Head of School of Electrical and Information Engineering, University of Sydney, and Ausgrid Chair and Director of the Ausgrid Centre for Intelligent Electricity Networks, the University of Newcastle, Australia. He also held industrial positions with Transend Networks (now TAS Networks), Australia. His research interests include smart grid, power system planning, power system security, renewable energy systems, electricity market, load modelling, and computational intelligence and its application in power engineering. He is serving/served as an editor of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, IEEE Power Engineering Letters, and IET Renewable Power Generation.HE is Fellow of IEEE.

Special Issue

Isolation and Characterization of Adult Therapeutic Cells

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2019 (Open)               Submit Now

Guest Editors

Robert C. McCarthy
President, VitaCyte LLC, 1341 Sadlier Circle West Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46239, USA
Tel: 317-450-6647
Fax: 317-917-3459
E-Mail: [email protected]
Research Interests: Biotechnology; Cell Biology; Molecular Biology; Bioengineering

Stuart K. Williams II, Ph.D.
Professor, Cardiovascular Innovation Institute, Jewish Hospital and University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40202, United States; Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Jewish Hospital and University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40202, United States
Office: (502) 852-1379
E-Mail: [email protected]
Research Interests: (1) Cardiovascular Biomedical Engineering: Regenerative Medicine/Tissue Engineering, Stents and Stent Grafts, Adult Stem Cell Transplantation, Angiomics - Microarrays, Genomics and Proteomics, Shear Effects on Cells, Restenosis, Angiogenesis, Gene Therapy; (2) Biomaterials: Biomedical Implant Design, Direct –Write Printing – Biomimetics, Surface, Modification and Characterization, Soft Tissue Replacement, Cell Migration, Anti-Infective Coatings; (3) Diabetes Mellitus: Non Enzymatic Glycation, Capillary Permeability and Angiopathies, Islet Cell Transplantation

About This Topic

The increasing interest in using adult cells to develop cell therapeutics for management of patients with many different clinical conditions is at the forefront of medical treatment. These publications focus primarily on clinical outcomes with cursory attention paid to the preparation and characterization of the therapeutic cells used in the treatment. This issue focuses on key criteria to consider when isolating islets, hepatocytes, and mesenchymal stem cells from tissue for therapeutic use. The issue addressed for many of these cell types are the identification of critical process parameters in the cell isolation process; the impact of cell enrichment steps on functional activity; markers used to characterize the therapeutic cell population; and lastly status of potency assays required for releasing cells before transplant. If you are interested in submitting an article for inclusion in this special issue, please contact one of the guest editors.