Rei Ogawa has the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. He is currently a faculty member at the Nippon Medical School in Tokyo, Japan, with a position of an Associate Professor at the Department of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgery. In addition, he is now directing the Mechanobiology and Wound Healing Laboratory at his medical school. He joined the Tissue Engineering and Wound Healing Laboratory, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA, where he worked between 2007 and 2009 as a Research Fellow. He has focused his recent studies on the mechanobiology of cells and its application to tissue engineering and wound healing. He established a method to regenerate high-quality cartilage using mechanical force (hydrostatic pressure) loading. Moreover, his clinical specialty is reconstructive surgery and scar management, for example, abnormal scar (keloid and hypertrophic scars) prevention and treatment. In relation to this, he studied mechanobiology of scarring, and he is a world leader in this area. He was the recipient of several awards, for example, the Award of Japanese Society of Plastic Surgery, and many research grants (e.g., grant-in-aid for scientific research in Japan). Moreover, he holds several national patents in the field of tissue engineering. He is an Editorial Board Member of many international scientific journals (e.g., Current Stem Cell Research and Therapy (CSCRT) and SCAR journal) and is a Board Member of international medical societies (e.g., Scar Club: International Scar Meeting). In addition, he is an active Member of many international medical societies (e.g., American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Plastic Surgery Research Council (PSRC), and Orthopedic Research Society (ORS)). He has coauthored over 10 chapters in international/national books, coauthored over 200 papers in international/national scientific journals, and has presented over 500 coauthored papers at international/national conferences.
Biography Updated on 20 October 2009