In line with the Japan strategy of the Medical Faculty of the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, we have maintained a lively exchange with scientists and physicians at various locations in Japan for several years.
One example is the long-standing collaboration with the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Oita, Japan (Prof. Shinji Miyamoto, MD, PhD) and the Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the University Hospital Düsseldorf (Prof. Hubert Schelzig, MD).
Here, an active exchange of surgical know-how has developed, but also especially in the area of education and training of junior staff. For example, a physician from the local clinic is currently in Oita to promote joint scientific projects.
After Corona forced break, the student exchange program with Oita University could start with two pioneers from May to July 2023. (A personal feedback can be found below in the text).
They were accommodated in the guest house of the University of Düsseldorf. After completing the formalities (approval of accommodation, enrollment in the HHU, international health insurance), they were welcomed by the team of the Vascular Biology Laboratory of the Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (AG Aortic Lesions, PD Dr. med. Wagenhäuser). Here they spent their research stay with their own projects, which are part of their curricular curriculum in Japan. Finally, they presented their work in a scientific talk at the clinic's weekly lab meeting.
If you are interested in the exchange program of the clinic, please feel free to contact us here
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