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Keynote Speakers

 

 

 

Hitoshi Nakagama

President, National Cancer Center (NCC), Tokyo, Japan


 

Name: Hitoshi Nakagama, M.D., D.M.Sc.
Position:
President, National Cancer Center (NCC), Tokyo, Japan
Education:
1982 University of Tokyo, Faculty of Medicine, M.D.,
1992 University of Tokyo, Faculty of Medicine, D. M.Sc.,

Positions and Employment:
1984 Clinical Staff, The 3rd Department of Internal Medicine, University of
Tokyo, Faculty of Medicine
1988 Research Associate, University of Tokyo, Faculty of Medicine
1991 Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Cancer Research, MIT, U.S.A.
1995 Section Head, Carcinogenesis Division, National Cancer Center Research
Institute (NCCRI)
1997 Chief, Biochemistry Division, NCCRI
2007 Deputy Director, NCCRI
2011 Director, NCCRI
2012 Executive Director, National Cancer Center (NCC)
2016 President, NCC

Expertise:
Molecular oncology, Cancer genomics, Environmental carcinogenesis

Biography---Hitoshi Nakagama has served as President of National Cancer Center (NCC) since 2016. He graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1982 and received Ph.D. in 1991. He then joined MIT, Center for Cancer Research, and worked with Prof. D.E. Housman on functional analysis of a tumor suppressor gene, WT1. After returning back to Japan in 1995, he took up a position at NCC Research Institute (NCCRI), and became Chief, Biochemistry Division (1997), Deputy Director (2007), and Director of NCCRI in 2011. He has been working at NCCRI on animal models of colon carcinogenesis induced by various environmental carcinogens and on DNA adductome to elucidate genetic/epigenetic alterations that play pivotal roles in driving cancer development. He also identified several tumor suppressive microRNAs regulating cell cycle arrest and/or apoptosis after exposure to environmental insults. Currently, he puts more efforts on establishment of the nation-wide system for Precision Cancer Medicine and Prevention.

 

 

 

Kevin C. Tseng

National Taipei University of Technology


 

Biography---Kevin Tseng is an accomplished academic with a PhD in product design and development from De Montfort University in the UK. He holds several positions, including president of the Medical Design Association, CEO of the IPDD Alliance for Health Industry, and professor of industrial design at the National Taipei University of Technology. Prof. Tseng has received many academic research awards, including the Dr. Ta-You Wu Memorial Award (Outstanding Research Award) from the Ministry of Science and Technology in 2014. He was also twice selected as the CGU Outstanding Research Award in 2012 and 2014 and received the Chang Gung Medical Research Award from 2013 to 2017. Additionally, he has been granted Excellent Young Scholars research funding from 2014 to 2021 and has been awarded the MOST distinguished research awards from 2012-2017 and 2020 onwards. He has published over 100 research articles in well-respected journals and conferences and has successfully obtained research projects worth approximately $9.7 million US dollars through government grants and industry sources. Additionally, Prof. Tseng has won four first prizes in domestic and international design competitions and holds 17 patents. 

Upon returning to Taiwan, Prof. Tseng established the interdisciplinary research laboratory for product design and development (PDD Lab) with a focus on "healthcare and promotion," "foresight design," and "product design and development." The PDD Lab has an outstanding national and international reputation and strong connections with various industries. Prof. Tseng is a committed researcher who not only focuses on academic research but also actively assists manufacturers in industry-university cooperative research. One of his successful projects included the design of the "Noveltek Advanced Powered Pallet Truck," which received the Ministry of Economic Affairs Design Excellent Award. He currently works as a consultant for multiple companies and has created five products with the goal of facilitating industrial technology transfer, three of which have already been successfully commercialized.

Prof. Tseng has been invited as a keynote speaker at several academic and industrial events and served on programme and organising committees for numerous international conferences and workshops. He is currently on the editorial board of several international journals and design jury services in Taiwan, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and China.

 

 

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