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Psychiatry Newsletter - Sachiko Kuno and Ryuji Ueno Innovation Professorship

Hopkins BrainWise - Spring 2015

Sachiko Kuno and Ryuji Ueno Innovation Professorship

Date: May 26, 2015

Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D.

Psychiatrist Akira Sawa has been  awarded the Sachiko Kuno and Ryuji Ueno Innovation Professorship, an honor that is intended to cultivate the leadership necessary to reduce the social stigma and to improve the care of schizophrenia globally. The professorship is endowed by the S&R Foundation, begun by Sachiko Kuno and Ryuji Ueno to support individuals who are interested in furthering international collaboration in the arts, sciences or social entrepreneurship.

As director of the Johns Hopkins Schizophrenia Center, Sawa oversees a number of programs structured to provide the most comprehensive, coordinated care for patients. Research, education and outreach are integral components of the programs.

With this professorship, Sawa likens his role to that of an orchestra conductor, who does not directly make music, but by coaching and coordinating the musicians contributes to the orchestra’s beautiful sounds. “I am proud and feel lucky that I am surrounded by many great team members,” says Sawa.  “My job for them is neither as a clinician nor a researcher, but a supporter who helps them toward one common goal—improved outcomes for patients with schizophrenia.”