Hiroo Kaneda Research Grant

Hiroo Kaneda, Founder of the Sunstar Foundation as well as leader of the Sunstar Group, raised the question,

Through my health experience, I feel that Periodontal disease is not localized only in my mouth. The health condition of the whole body is reflected in the mouth. Shouldn't oral and general health be linked?

Therefore, he devoted himself to create an international network drawn not only from the dental field but also comprising medical experts in order to clarify scientifically the link between oral health and systemic health. With his leadership, Sunstar and the Sunstar Foundation have been supporting many symposiums and academic conferences worldwide for decades in pursuit of this goal.

Hiroo Kaneda in 2015

A grant to foster multi-discipline understanding and cooperation

In 2009, following the Sunstar motto "Always strive to help people everywhere achieve better health and enhance their quality of life" he established the Hiroo Kaneda Research Grant within Sunstar Foundation to further expand Sunstar's contribution to society.

By supporting young researchers wishing to study abroad, I hope that in the future, young researchers will become leaders in their respective fields of expertise, not only to improve the level of research in dentistry but also to foster experts in both medical and all other related fields.

The understanding, support and cooperative relationships between each specialized field will be pushed forward and lead to the improvement of people's health and quality of life around the world.

Hiroo Kaneda
Founder of Sunstar Foundation

Details of the research grant

Research areas
Basic and applied clinical research in the dental and medical fields including the prevention of, and exercise and diet for diabetes, its complications and any other diseases considered to be related to diabetes. For young researchers in the dental, medical, nutrition, biochemistry field etc.

Location of study
Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School designated by the Foundation or any other research institute that applicants wish to study at.

  • Period: 2 years
  • Number of applicants: 2 people per year
  • Grant amount: $110,000 US dollars and ¥1,000,000 Japanese yen per person in total for travel and living support

From Japan to the world

Currently the Hiroo Kaneda Research Grant supports researchers in Japan by providing opportunities for them to study overseas. In the future we hope to expand the scope of the research grant to provide support for researchers from all over the world.

Recipients

Note: Research subjects shown below are correct at the time of application.

2020

Researcher
Dr. Satoru Onizuka
Affiliation
Division of Periodontology, Kyushu Dental University Graduate School of Dentistry
Research Subject
Delayed mechanism of wound healing in diabetes elucidated by a multi-omics approach

2017

Researcher
Dr. Tadataka Tsuji
Affiliation
The First Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Graduate School of Dentistry, Osaka University
Research Subject
Effect of oral chemical sensation on brown adipose tissue and manegement strategy of obesity using odor
Researcher
Dr. Hirofumi Nagao
Affiliation
Department of Metabolic Medicine, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine
Research Subject
New metabolic disorders in obese adipose tissue

2016

Researcher
Dr. Joji Kusuyama
Affiliation
Field of Oral Biochemistry, Kagoshima University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences
Research Subject
Analysis of locomo associations of osteoblasts and myocyte in diabetes
Researcher
Dr. Tomohiko Kimura
Affiliation
Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Kawasaki Medical School
Research Subject
Changes in GLP-1 receptor expression by long-term administration of incretin-related drug, GLP-1 receptor agonist

2015

Researcher
Dr. Takanori Shinjo
Affiliation
Section of Periodontology, Division of Oral Rehabilitation Faculty of Dental Science, Kyushu University
Research Subject
Suppression of endotoxin (LPS)-induced inflammatory response through DDP4 inhibition by new DPP4 inhibitor, Anagliptin
Researcher
Dr. Chisayo Kozuka
Affiliation
Graduate School of Medicine, University of the Ryukyus
Research Subject
New obesity/diabetes prevention method using ingredients derived from natural foods

2014

Researcher
Dr. Mari Sato
Affiliation
Oral Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Graduate School of Dental Medicine
Hokkaido University
Research Subject
Searching for an adipocyte niche and adipocyte niche moduration mechanism by the nervous system
Researcher
Dr. Yosuke Shikama
Affiliation
Clinical Research Center for Diabetes, Tokushima University Hospital
Research Subject
Saturated fatty acids on dental diseases: association with pathogenesis

2012

Researcher
Dr. Eiichiro Satake
Affiliation
Hamamatsu University School of Medicine
Research Subject
Adipocyte differentiation, distribution, and proliferation determinants

2011

Researcher
Dr. Sayama Katagiri
Affiliation
Department of Periodontology, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Research Subject
Mechanism of periodontal angiopathy in diabetic patients
Researcher
Dr. Shiho Fujisaka
Affiliation
First Department of Internal Medicine, Toyama University Hospital
Research Subject
Mechanism of adipose tissue inflammation and insulin resistance associated with obesity

2010

Researcher
Dr. Masaru Akiyama
Affiliation
Division of Applied Medical Engineering, Yamaguchi University graduate School of Medicine
Research Subject
Endoplasmic reticulum stress response modurated by insulin signal

2009

Researcher
Dr. Koji Mizutani
Affiliation
Department of Periodontology, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Research Subject
Laser application to periodontal treatment and implant treatment for diabetic patients
Researcher
Dr. Kenji Fukui
Affiliation
Department of Metabolic Medicine, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine
Research Subject
Pancreatic microangiopathy and diabetes