US-Japanese scientific cooperation was toasted at a recent Stone House reception to honor the 2008 fellows of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) program at NIH.
Dr. Akira Masaike (right) discusses US-Japanese
cooperation with Dr. Roger I. Glass and Dr. Michael
Gottesman during the reception to honor the new
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science fellows.
Fifteen young scientists were welcomed into the program that has brought a total of 109 Japanese researchers to NIH for training since 2002.
"We greatly value and appreciate the Society's support in this important bilateral cooperation between the NIH and Japan," said Fogarty Director Dr. Roger I. Glass. "We hope to expand this wonderful partnership by sending more American scientists to Japan."
"This is a tremendous opportunity for young Japanese scientists," remarked Dr. Keiko Ozato, NIH Review Committee Chair of JSPS. "Research conducted under this program has been outstanding, furthering our organizations' shared goals to promote excellence in science."
The event was also attended by Dr. Michael Gottesman, Deputy Director of Intramural Research at NIH; Dr. Akira Masaike, the Director of the JSPS Washington Office and Ms. Ooki, of the JSPS Headquarters in Tokyo.
The JSPS is an independent administrative institution established by Japan for the advancement of science. Founded in 1932 as a non-profit foundation, it plays a pivotal role in Japan's scientific and academic programs. Fogarty manages JSPS' relationships at NIH, maintains a website for the fellowship program, and oversees review of both U.S. applicants who wish to work in Japan and Japanese scientists interested in coming to NIH.