Osaka University celebrates 150 years of medical education

Osaka University held a celebratory symposium on March 3 at the Nakanoshima Campus to recognize the 150th anniversary of its School of Medicine. The inception of the Osaka University School of Medicine can be traced back to 1869, when a hospital was founded at Daifukuji in Osaka.


                    Osaka University School of Medicine President Yasufumi Kaneda

The event included commemorative ceremonies, academic lectures, and recognition of Osaka’s history in medicine in Japan. In total, 330 alumni, researchers and officials attended.

Following a video in commemoration of the School, Osaka University School of Medicine President Yasufumi Kaneda, Osaka University President Shojiro Nishio, Masahiko Shibayama, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Takumi Nemoto, Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, Aart Jacobi, the Netherlands Ambassador to Japan, Japan Medical Association President Yoshitake Yokokura, and Osaka University Alumnus and “Ichou Association for Promotion of Medical Science” Society for Medical Promotion Chairman Tadamitsu Kishimoto all gave remarks.

Thereafter, the event celebrated the impact the school has had on medical education in Japan, including recognizing alumni who were winners of Japan’s Order of Culture. In addition, Osaka University Professors Kiyoshi Takeda (Immune Regulation) and Yoshiki Sawa (Cardiovascular Surgery) gave talks about the future of medicine on their specialties, immunology and cardiovascular surgery, respectively. 

                                                           Past winners of the Japan Order of Culture

Prof. Kiyoshi Takeda speaking

Prof. Yoshiki Sawa speaking

For the closing ceremonies, Osaka University Executive Vice President Hideki Yoshikawa, President of the Japanese Association of Medical Sciences Morito Monden, Chairman of the Osaka Medical Association Shigeto Shigematsu, and Chairman of the Kansai Pharmaceutical Industries Associations Shigenobu Maekawa all spoke.

The closing ceremonies