A Celebration Honoring the Japan-Texas-United States Connection
Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Noriaki “Nori” Aoki:
Fifteen Years of Binational Research, Education, and Service
Dr. Noriaki Aoki passed away earlier this year at the age of 47. Dr. Aoki - or, Nori, as he was affectionately known—was a faculty member of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) for more than 11 years. Dr. Aoki was also the first Schull Institute Scholar and Founder of the Center for Health Service, Outcomes Research, and Development - Japan (CHORD-J). Dr. Aoki was a true leader in clinical informatics and decision support system research for emergency medicine.
The Dr. Noriaki Aoki Fund at SBMI will benefit outstanding graduate students by addressing a broad sprectum of needs, including scholarships, travel costs associated with conferences, practica in the U.S. and abroad, and national and international research projects - as well as other expenses associated with a student’s comprehensive educational experience.
April 7, 2014 – 6:30-8:00 pm
Welcome Jiajie Zhang, PhD
Dean, School of Biomedical Informatics
The University of Texas HSC at Houston
Reflections on the Contributions William J. Schull, PhD
of Dr. Noriaki Aoki to Japan Professor Emeritus
and the United States The University of Texas HSC at Houston
President, The Schull Institute
A Special Message Tsuguya Fukui, MD, MPH
from Dr. Tsuguya Fukui President, St. Luke’s International Hospital
City of Houston Proclamation David W. Robinson
April 7, 2014 – Dr. Nori Aoki Day Member, Houston City Council, At-large
United States Japan
Jiajie Zhang, PhD Ms. Noriko Wakita
SBMI Dean, School of Biomedical Informatics President, CHORD-J
St. Luke’s International Hospital
Curt Kennedy, MD, PhD
Dr. Aoki’s First Fellow & an SBMI Alumnus
James P. Turley, RN, PhD
SBMI Founding Faculty Member
Kim Dunn, MD, PhD
SBMI Adjunct Faculty Member
CEO, Your Doctor Program, L.P.
Texas BBQ Dinner – Demeris Catering
UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics·The Schull Institute·CHORD-J·Your Doctor Program, LP
Mrs. Noriaki Aoki·Dante DeGrate·Lyle Milstead·Dr. John Svirbely·Starbucks·Pat Turley·Steve and
Deedee Robinson·Smart Golf (Max Garrett)
Dr. Noriaki Aoki Benefit Host Committee
Dr. Kim Dunn·Dr. Jonathan Ishee·Jon King·Aymeric Martinoia·Dr. William J. Schull·Dr. Kathryn
Stream·Dr. Armin Weinberg·Dr. Jiajie Zhang
Acknowledging that not all of Dr. Aoki’s friends and colleagues will be in Houston for this event, we'd like to ask that you participate in our fundraising initiative (sans BBQ) by sending your contribution for The Dr. Noriaki Aoki Fund to: Judy E. Young, Director of Development, UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics, 7000 Fannin Street, Suite 600, Houston, TX 77030; checks should be made out to UTHealth, with Dr. Noriaki Aoki Fund noted in the memo section. Judy can be contacted via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org; if you wish to make a larger pledge with multiple payments or if you'd like to make a contribution via credit card, call Judy at 713-500-3901 or 281-217-9904 (cell). It is our plan to formally announce the fund and honor Nori at SBMI’s May 8th commencement ceremony; at that time, we’ll update Mrs. Aoki on our success.
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