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Noguchi Institute forges new partnership with JABSOM, University Health Partners of Hawaiʻi with $1M gift
Pictured: (L to R): Dean Jerris Hedges with Drs. Yoshihisa Asano and Larry Shapiro at the Memorandum of Agreement Signing Ceremony at JABSOM. Deborah Manog Dimaya photos.
By Deborah Manog Dimaya, UH Med Now
The Noguchi Medical Research Institute (NMRI) of Tokyo invests $1M towards a triple partnership with the University of Hawaiʻi (UH) medical school and University Health Partners of Hawaiʻi (UHP). NMRI Founder Dr. Yoshihisa Asano, UH Medical School Dean Jerris Hedges and UHP Chief Executive Officer Dr. Larry Shapiro signed the agreement at the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine in October.
The new collaboration, The Hedges/Izutsu/Asano Project in Humanity and Empathy in Medicine and Medical Education, will be fiscally managed by UHP, while JABSOM carries out the following:
The NMRI is a non-profit organization, founded in 1983 in Philadelphia, named after Dr. Hideyo Noguchi. The mission of NMRI is to enhance medical exchange between the United States and Japan, particularly to support Japanese health care providers, mostly young physicians, to learn clinical medicine and education in the U.S. During the last quarter-century, NMRI has helped several hundred physicians and medical students to come to the U.S., especially the University of Hawaiʻi and Thomas Jefferson University. In 2008, NMRI celebrated its 25th anniversary.
Dr. Asano is the NMRI founder and chairman emeritus as well as the President and CEO of Noguchi Medical Research, Inc. He is also a specialist in dietetics and worked for pharmaceutical companies before he founded NMRI with recognition of the importance of health care and medical education. He is a talented business manager as well as a scientist, and his capability has contributed significantly to the financial activity of NMRI. Without his effort and enthusiasm, NMRI could not have become renowned and established its identity.