Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Hamamatsu, Japan
Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics,
Director of the Clinical Research Center, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine.
After graduation from Hokkaido University and getting his medical license, Hiroshi Watanabe started working as a cardiologist in Hamamatsu University Hospital in 1983. He received his PhD in 1988. From 1989-1991 he studied abroad as a research fellow under the supervision of Prof. H. M. Piper in Dusseldorf University, Germany. Due to his growing interest in drug development and research, he transferred to the Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics in Hamamatsu University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in 1998.
He is now Professor of that department as well as the Director of the Clinical Research Center at Hamamatsu University School of Medicine. He has devoted considerable time to advancing the promotion of research and drug development in Japan, taking leadership roles such as the Program Chairperson of the Annual Scientific Meeting of Japanese Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (JSCPT) in 2011 as well as the Meeting President of JSCPT-KSCPT-ASCPT Joint Conference in the same year. He has served as a member of the Japan Regional Advisory Council of DIA from 2011-2015 and helped establish the first joint symposium with DIA in the annual scientific meeting of JSCPT. He also took a role as the Program Chairperson of “the 11th Annual Meeting DIA Japan 2014”.