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Release: April 18, 2000
Visiting lecturer to speak at UI April 26 on organ donation in Japan
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Until late 1997, doctors in Japan were prohibited from
harvesting donor organs from brain-dead patients. Japanese law allowed removal
of organs for transplant only when the patient's heart stopped beating, which
made transplants of hearts, livers and certain other organs impossible because
they deteriorate too rapidly after the heart stops.
In a free, public lecture at the University of Iowa, Kaoruko Aita, a Fulbright
Journalist Visiting Scholar and Harvard University Fellow in Medical Ethics,
will speak on the 30-year ban on organ transplants from brain-dead donors.
His presentation, "Delayed Medical Information Disclosure in Japan: The
Cause of Japan's Three-Decade Moratorium in Organ Transplants from Brain Dead
Donors," takes place Wednesday, April 26 at 4 p.m. in Room 3139 Medical
Laboratories on the UI campus. It is sponsored by the Center for Asian and
Pacific Studies (CAPS) at the UI.
Aita has worked as a staff writer for the Japan Times for eight years. His
articles cover issues in health care and politics, and his current field of
research is in organ transplantation. His presentation will focus on the medical
and socio-political issues surrounding the practice of using transplant organs
from brain dead donors in Japan.
For more information or if you require special accommodations to attend
this lecture, please call CAPS at (319) 335-1305.
CAPS is affiliated with UI International Programs, which consist of a number
of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects
and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for international
programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community
and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.