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Tsukasaki Asako
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  • By this author: 6 Latest posted: 2017.10.18
Journalist. Has written prolifically, primarily in the areas of medical science, healthcare, and science, and technology, after working as a reporter for the Yomiuri Shimbun. Received an undergraduate degree in natural sciences from International Christian University, a master’s degree in systems management from Tsukuba University, and a master’s degree in medical administration from Tokyo Medical and Dental University.
Japanese iPSC On the Cusp of a Stem Cell Revolution: Research Turns to Clinical Applications2017.10.18

In the decade since Nobel laureate Yamanaka Shin’ya of Kyoto University created the first human iPS cells, the pioneering technology has emerged as an important new tool in drug development, offering hope for patients with rare and untreatable diseases. Tsukasaki Asako reports on recent triumphs and ongoing challenges.

The Promise of Regenerative Medicine2016.10.26

In August 2006 Professor Yamanaka Shin’ya of Kyoto University published a paper reporting his success in producing induced pluripotent stem cells, and in a 2014 clinical study, tissue derived from iPS cells was transplanted to a patient for the first time. While a host of challenges must be overcome, the promise of regenerative therapies appears to be coming within reach.

Spotlight on New Cancer Immunotherapy: Ono Pharmaceutical’s Opdivo2016.02.09

Cancer has been dubbed, among other names, the “emperor of all maladies.” The disease has waged war on humankind for four millennia, and despite all the weapons that we have forged against this sworn enemy, we have yet to declare victory over it. In 2014 alone, as many as 370,000 Japanese lives were lost to the disease. Cancer cells are atypical cells that have formed from what were once norm…

Solving the Riddle of Slumber: Cutting-Edge Research Hub in Tsukuba Focuses on Sleep2015.10.26

“That deplorable curtailment of the joy of life,” the author Virginia Woolf called it. Like it or not, we spend one-third of our lives in the unproductive and vulnerable state of sleep. This is true not just for mammals; virtually all creatures on earth, right down to flies and roundworms, live in a perpetual cycle of sleep and wakefulness. It is said that anyone who finally solves the mystery o…

The Nobel Discovery Protecting 300 Million People from the Risk of Blindness2015.10.21

A microbe discovered by scientist Ōmura Satoshi in Japanese soil is helping to free 300 million people around the world from the risk of blindness. For this contribution to humankind, Ōmura was awarded one quarter of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Onchocerciasis, or river blindness, is a disease that is endemic in many parts of Africa. Reflecting on the people he met who have…

The Challenges of Medical Big Data2014.12.04

How can the wealth of clinical data being amassed at hospitals across Japan every day be effectively analyzed and harnessed to improve the quality of medical care and cut medical costs? Journalist Tsukasaki Asako delves into the front lines of such efforts.

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