Akira Sawa, Johns Hopkins University Hospital, USA
Akira Sawa, M.D. is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist at the Johns Hopkins University and Hospital in Baltimore, (USA). His research combines clinical-based studies with experimental lab work to understand molecular, cellular, and circuitry mechanisms that underlie cognition, emotional control, and social function.
Sawa moved to the USA in the early stages of his professional career for further training in neuroscience and psychiatry after his initial education in clinical psychiatry in Japan. Sawa started his career as an independent faculty investigator at Johns Hopkins University and Hospital in 2002. Since 2012, Sawa serves as the Director and Endowed Chair of the Johns Hopkins Schizophrenia Center, that is in charge of patient care, research, education, and public outreach for psychotic disorders and severe mental disorders. The Center functions as a hub of multi-departmental research coalitions for these disorders. Sawa is also a Professor of Psychiatry, Mental Health, Neuroscience, and Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Sawa belongs to multiple academic societies and charities as a Fellow, Council member, or Committee member, including the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the Society for Neuroscience (SFN), the Schizophrenia International Research Society (SIRS), the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP), and the Brain Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF). Sawa also contributes to global scientific agencies, such as the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Wellcome Trust in the UK, as an advisory member.
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