Shinichi Kawai holds the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. He is a Professor of internal medicine at the Division of Rheumatology, Toho University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan. He graduated from the School of Medicine, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan, in 1977, and completed a training program of rheumatology at the Keio University Hospital in 1983. He was a Researcher funded in part by the Training Program Award of the Japanese Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the National Institute of Health (NICHHD), USA, from 1984 to 1986. He obtained his Ph.D. degree of medical science from the Keio University in 1985. He was also the Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at Tokyo Metropolitan Ohtsuka Hospital in 1987. He then moved to the Institute of Medical Science, School of Medicine, St. Marianna University, as an Assistant Professor in 1991. He was a Professor at the institute during 1999–2004. Kawai was a recipient of the Japan College of Rheumatology Award, honoring the finding of the proapoptotic action of a selective COX-2 inhibitor in 2003. He then moved to Toho University in April 2004. Kawai is a rheumatologist and a leading scientist in clinical studies in Japan especially for rheumatoid arthritis. He also conducted basic researches using synovial fibroblasts from patients to evaluate mechanisms of action of antirheumatic drugs and to clarify the role of cyclooxygenase, prostaglandin E synthase, and other enzymes in the inflammatory joint diseases.
Biography Updated on 27 September 2009