Masayo Takahashi | TEDxTokyo 2014
Masayo Takahashi is a researcher in the area of visual disorders. After carrying out a pioneering iPS cell clinical study in summer 2013, she was named by the scientific journal Nature as one of “five to watch” scientists in 2014. In addition to her research involving the transplantation of iPS cell-derived retinal cells, Dr. Takahashi is also a clinician in the area of retinal degenerative disease. From her base in Kobe, Dr. Takahashi is building a medical system that offers total support to sufferers of retinal disease through both regenerative medicine and rehabilitation. The idea of this retinal disease center—making medical treatment economically self-sufficient while maximizing patient satisfaction—will be sure to spur new innovation within Japan’s embattled medical care system.