Deep Dive Series 2021
"How will the Covid 19 pandemic end?"
8:30-10:00 am, Thursday, November 18, 2021
(The speech and Q & A will be in English.)

The pandemic is receding in Japan while resurging in Europe but what does the future hold?

Substantial advances in the prevention, detection and treatment of COVID19 have occurred over the past year. While no single innovation can end the pandemic, it's reasonable to hope that during 2022, their combined effect will allow the resumption of normal economic activity and eventually, frictionless international travel.  This will occur as a gradual process and the end point will be a steady state situation.  SARS-CoV2 will then have become the newest addition to many endemic background respiratory viruses with which humans have coexisted throughout history

For the latest in our Deep Dive series, the FCCJ Professional Events Task Force has secured the participation of two expert panelists to discuss where the pandemic goes from here in Japan.

Dr. Gautam Deshpande is an US-board certified internal medicine physician who did undergraduate and masters training at Stanford University and holds an MD from the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine.  He has been working in Japan for 12 years, caring for the foreign community as staff internist at St. Luke's International Hospital and as the Post Medical Advisor for the US Embassy. He was founding Vice Dean of the St. Luke's International University Graduate School of Public Health and is a Professor of General Internal Medicine at Juntendo University. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed scientific articles with recently published work on COVID vaccine efficacy in the Japanese population and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Thomas Lomax has managed during the COVID19 pandemic a subscription medical support service for institutions including the Japan Council of International Schools (JCIC), several embassies and foreign companies based in Tokyo. He a partner at the Tokyo Medical & Surgical Clinic, a facility with a 70 year history of providing care for the foreign community in Japan.  He graduated from London University (Royal Free Hospital) in 2000 and worked in Surgery and Emergency Medicine in St Georges Hospital, London, for five years. Subsequently he trained in general practice and passed the MRCGP (Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners) exam in 2008 and shortly after moved to Tokyo where he has practiced since.  

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In-person attendance
Members: 450 yen (including tax), coffee or tea included
Non-members: 1,650 yen (including tax), coffee or tea included

On-line attendance
Members: free of charge
Non-members: 550 yen (including tax)

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Professional Events Task Force