Live/Online Symposium between Japan and the UK

Covid-19 and Global Health

How have we confronted the emerging infectious diseases: Challenges and Lessons learnt

Symposium Outline

The COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented and has unveiled tangible differences in its outcomes in Europe and Asia. We are now entering a new phase with the emergence of new virus variants and vaccine rollout. In this 3-day Nagasaki University (NU) and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) joint symposium in collaboration with the Medical Journalist Association of Japan, we have invited leading experts in infectious disease epidemiology, clinical research and laboratory sciences from Japan and the UK to discuss challenges and lessons learnt.

Date and Time/ Hall

Date and Time

Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 5pm ~ 8pm
(doors open 4:30pm)


ACROS Fukuoka International Conference Hall
1-1-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City 810-0001
(The conference hall’s capacity is 100 people, online capacity is 500 1,000 people)
*First-come-first-served basis

When the new corona infection spreads, it will be held only online.
With the cancellation of the state of emergency, it has been decided to hold it online and face-to-face.


  • Sue Kinoshita
    Sue Kinoshita British Embassy Tokyo, Charge d'Affaires ad interim
  • Akio Nishi
    Akio NishiMinistry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology


  • 有吉 紅也
    Koya Ariyoshi Professor, Nagasaki University
  • Marina Tsuji
    Marina TsujiAnnouncer, RKB Mainichi Broadcasting Corporation

Chairs for panel discussion

  • Aikichi Iwamoto
    Aikichi Iwamoto Emeritus Professor, University of Tokyo, former President of the Japanese Association for Infectious Diseases
  • Shunmay Yeung
    Shunmay Yeung Associate Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


  • Hiroshi Nishiura
    Hiroshi Nishiura Professor of theoretical epidemiology at Kyoto University, Former Member of Novel Coronavirus Expert Meeting, advising the Japanese government
  • John Edmunds
    John Edmunds OBE, Professor of infectious disease modelling , London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) advising the UK government
  • Norio Ohmagari
    Norio Ohmagari Director, Disease Control and Prevention Center, National Center for Global Health and Medicine in Japan, infectious disease consultant, advising the Tokyo Metropolitan government
  • Peter Piot
    Peter Piot KCMG (Director, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
  • Christopher Smith
    Christopher Smith Professor, Nagasaki University

Closing remarks

  • Kiyoshi Kita
    Kiyoshi Kita Dean, Nagasaki University School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health

Breakout Session

It will be held online(Webinar)
  • Monday, March 8, 2021 at 5pm ~ 6:30pm

    COVID-19 and Clinical research

    Peter Horby

    Oxford University

    Wataru Sugiura

    National Center for Global Health and Medicine

    Robin Baily

    University College London Hospitals
    The number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths per million people became over 30 times higher in the UK than Japan. Clinical work-burden at the health-care setting must have been drastically different in the two countries. How were clinical trials started so promptly and able to demonstrate an effect of dexamethasone treatment on mortality conclusively in the UK? What was the situation of clinical trials in Japan? Clinical researchers from the UK and Japan will talk about COVID-19 clinical trials.
  • Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 5pm ~ 6:30pm

    COVID-19 and Laboratory research

    Emma Thomson

    London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

    Tadaki Suzuki

    National Institute of Infectious Diseases

    Yoshihiro Kawaoka

    The University of Tokyo The Institute of Medical Science
    A vital challenge for academia is to conduct timely laboratory research and to produce scientific evidence, which directly guides public health intervention measures despite being in the middle of unexperienced turmoil. Professor Emma Thomson will talk about the COVID-19 genomics UK consortium, which demonstrated the emergence of a new variant with a significantly different transmission efficiency. Dr. Tadaki Suzuki, a leading infectious disease pathologist at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo and Professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka, a leading virologist, University of Tokyo, will introduce the latest findings from their laboratory research.

Satellite event

Held online only
Medium of language: English (Simultaneous interpretation not available)

Meet the prospective supervisors and students from Japan and the UK

At the satellite event, presentations on various research topics on global health by supervisors and students of the NU-LSHTM Joint PhD degree programme for Global Health (Joint PhD) will be delivered. We welcome all participants including prospective Joint PhD students and researchers who are interested in the Joint PhD programme. This will be a great opportunity to meet your future supervisors and collaborators.
  • Monday, March 8, 2021 at 18:30~20:00

    Overseas field research

    Laboratory Science

  • Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 18:30~20:00

    Overseas field research

    Planetary Health Research