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Studying in America for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Japan

  • Yasuhiko Kubota
  • Yasuhiko Kubota
  • 2015 (4th cohort)


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University of Minnesota, School of Public Health
Working in my university office
Working in my university office
Me and university mascot
Me and university mascot
What is the theme of your research?

Cardiovascular diseases (heart disease, stroke) are a major cause of death in the world. While advancements in medical science have made it possible to save a great number of lives compared to that of times past, there are still many cases in which damage to the heart or lungs cannot be rehabilitated. With Japan’s aging population, extending life expectancy is now more important than ever. Working toward that end, my current research theme is the “prevention of cardiovascular diseases”.

Could you give us a quick synopsis of what you’re focusing on while studying abroad?

I’m primarily focusing on the knowledge and skills necessary for future public health fields such as epidemiology and biostatistics, in order to obtain a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) during my two year study at the University of Minnesota. I’m also engaged in identifying risk factors during diagnosis through the epidemiological study of cardiovascular diseases. Learning about the outcomes of problems rare in Japan such as vein thrombosis and atrial fibrillation has been invaluable.

How do you feel about the International Fellowship?

I came to Minnesota with my wife and son. Thanks to the International Fellowship I’ve been able to focus on studying and research without having to worry about the financial side of things. In addition, I feel as though the institution has grown in a variety of ways by providing an exchange for fellow researchers across many different fields.

How do you plan on using this experience after returning to Japan?

The 21st century is said to be the era of preventative medicine, but Japan hasn’t yet caught up with the west regarding the importance behind preventing diseases. I hope to take all I have learned in America and help contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases in Japan.