Harvard University to give lectures at OIST starting next January

Harvard University to give lectures at OIST starting next January

Vice President Kenji Murata (center) and Executive Director Robin J. Wheatley explaining the details about the Global Clinical Scholars Research Training (GCSRT) Program to Governor Takeshi Onaga (right) on September 19 at the prefectural office.


September 22, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo


On September 19, Global Education Harvard Medical School Executive Director Robin J.

Wheatley and nonprofit corporation Okinawa Asia Clinical Investigation Synergy (OACIS) Vice President Kenji Murata met with Governor Takeshi Onaga at the Okinawa Prefectural Office.

They explained the details regarding the Global Clinical Scholars Research Training (GCSRT) Program hosted by Harvard that is to take place next January at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University.

Governor Onaga welcomed the program by saying, “This program should be welcomed with open arms and will stimulate the growth of Okinawa’s medical care.”


Harvard University’s GCSRT Program is a part of an effort to foster medical personnel on a global scale.

This will be the first time in which it takes place in Japan.

Between next January to next July, people will be able to learn about clinical epidemiology and clinical trials through lectures at OIST and bi-directional conferences via the Web. In addition, attendees will form teams to progress discussions for their dissertations.

Harvard expects people to attend from all over the world. Tuition is expected to cost $6,000.


Vice President Murata, who contributed in attracting this program to Japan, says, “Clinical research statistically analyzes the patient’s data to see if a currently available treatment method will be effective or not.

Clinical research can also analyze results regarding cost using computers.

Japan has been doing such research, but America’s is more advanced.

” He has high hopes that through this program, Japan’s clinical research will grow.


Details about this program can be found on Okinawa Asia Clinical Investigation Synergy’s (OACIS) homepage: http://oacis.org


(English translation by T&CT and Chelsea Ashimine)


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