President : Makoto Ohama
Launched the JSCF, obtain the best medical information and make live with hopes and dreams for spinal cord injured people.
After graduation he entered the oil company and he had a lack of exercise from the hard desk work, so he joined the rugby club in his company. He was tackled and fell down from the neck during the game. His body does not move even thought consciousness and he was carried to the emergency hospital straight from the game ground.
He took an optimistic that he will recover soon, however spinal cord cause inflammation, consciousness faded and he had to insertion artificial respiration. He became critical condition several time with complication pneumonia. Fortunately he was able to get over the dangerous state and take off the ventilator from the appropriate method of treatment. his life is saved.
Now he is operating the electric wheelchair with the jaw as you see from the picture, and spending everyday life with having care support.
A director : Akira Kinoshita
Akira Kinoshi found the Japan Spinal Cord Foundation during inquire C1 cervical spinal cord injury (Complete Limb paralysis and respiratory paralysis) Medial information and he is director of the Japan Spinal Cord Foundation now.
He injured during practicing Judo in high school at the age 17.
He was a captain at high school Judo activity, and when he was practice with other school he dropped from his neck lost conscious and breezing was anesthetize at the hospital.
He came back conscious after a surgical operation, the throat tube for connecting the ventilator has been placed the tracheotomy, and no longer to speak aloud and couldn't take a meal from the mouth. But now it is possible to speak and use the computer after moving several hospital and through rehabilitation.
Prof. Hideyuki Okano
Prof. Hideyuki Okano. Born in January 1959.
Doctor of Medicine. Assist the Physiology Medical Department after graduating from Keio University in March 1983.
Anatomy nerve function research professor of Medical school in Osaka University in April 1997. He took up an appointment of Medicine Department of Physiology professor at Keio University in April 2001. His main research area is molecular neurobiology, regenerative medicine.
Prof. Shinichi Nishikawa
Prof. Shinichi Nishikawa
Deputy Director of center for RIKEN ( Inst. of Physical and Chemical Research ) Center for Developmental Biology, Group Director doctoral Medical Group stem cell research, physician.
Professor of Kyoto University for Tuberculosis Chest disease Institute, molecular genetics Genetic Medicine, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine Molecular Medicine in 1993, after graduating from Kyoto University in 1973.
The main research area of stem cell research, developmental biology, regenerative medicine.
Video letter from Christopher Reeve to JSCF
Hi, I am Christopher Reeve, I injured my spinal cord in the equestrian competition back in 1995. Spinal cord injury affects not only the person who injured, but also families and friends; and economic and emotional burdens are enormous. There are more than 300,000 individuals who have a spinal cord injury in America and Japan. Most injured in traffic accidents or sport accidents and most injured are young male at the prime of their lives. The cost associated with spinal cord injury are astronomical. First year expenses average are $198,000. Over life time average cost can reach as high as $ 1.35 million. So, obviously, certainly more economical to invest in prevention, effective treatment and cure; and all of you in Japan with spinal cord injuries and dear family, I say “Don’t give up”. Think what you can do to help fund research because now we know that repairing damaged spinal cord is no longer dream. The Christopher Reeve Foundation has invested more than $17 million dollars in research projects and curing paralysis. Until seven years ago it's thought that damages in spinal cord is irreversible, but today we have to prove this wrong. Our foundation offers the supports that many states here in this country that creating spinal cord research trust funds where dollars raised surcharge on motor vehicle violations. This trust fund would upgrade ???? carpool every research dollar to help fund research programs throughout the United States. In 1999, a Swiss neurosurgeon, Dr. Martin Schwab discovered two protein molecules which prevent regeneration of damaged nerve in the spinal cord in mammals. Until this significant discovery, it was believed in that lack of growth factors prevent regeneration of the cord. Dr. Schwab developed an antibody called IN-1 block it inhibitory proteins. and he succeeded in promoting regeneration in an animal model of spinal cord injury. Now with sufficient research fund, Schwab's therapy will be tested in human beings in the very near future. We are closer than ever before to finding effective treatments and cure for the spinal cord injury. Please consider sending your support for this most worthy cause. I know we can continue to maintain a close relationships with Japan spinal cord foundation and promise to make every effort to achieve our goal. Thank you.