Shinichi Kawai holds an M.D. degree. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in medical science from the Keio University, Tokyo, Japan, in 1985. Kawai works as 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 worked as 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 (NICHD), USA, from 1984 to 1986. He also served as the Chief of the Division of Rheumatology at Tokyo Metropolitan Ohtsuka Hospital, Tokyo, Japan, in 1987. He then moved to the Institute of Medical Science, School of Medicine, St. Marianna University, Kawasaki, Japan, and worked as an Assistant Professor in 1991. He is the 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. Professor Kawai works as 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 recently several adipokines in the inflammatory diseases. He has conducted many clinical trials of anti-inflammatory or antirheumatic drugs.
Biography Updated on 4 July 2014