Taro Yamashita MD, PhD

Taro Yamashita is a graduate of the Kanazawa University and completed his Gastroenterology residency at the Kanazawa University Hospital.  He spent three years as a visiting fellow at the Laboratory of Human Carcinogenesis, NCI-Bethesda, MD.  He returned to Japan as an Assistant Professor of the Department of Gastroenterology in 2008 and then moved to the current position of Associate Professor, Department of General Medicine, Kanazawa University Hospital in 2012.

He is a member of the American Association of Cancer Research, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, The Japan Society of Hepatology, The Japanese Society of Gastroenterology, and The Japanese Cancer Association.  He received the Young Investigator Travel Awardby the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases in 2004, Young Investigator Award by Gastroenterology Research Group/American Gastroenterological Association in 2005, OTSUKA Award by The Japan Society of Hepatology in 2010, Distinguished Research Award by Viral Hepatitis Research Foundation of Japan in 2011, and Invention Prize by Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation in 2013.

His current research interests include the classification of liver cancer based on molecular profiling approaches and the development of novel treatment strategies targeting liver cancer stem cells

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