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Outline of IMSTR


Akira Iida, Board Chairman, International Medical Society for Taheebo Research

 International Medical Society for Taheebo Research (IMSTR) is established to promote exchange and build network among researchers who study efficacy/science behind Taheebo (Tabebuia avellanedae), a tree handed down since ancient days as medicinal plant in South America countries.
 Due to accelerated Today’s westernized diet and super-aging society, patients with cancer and lifestyle diseases, including diabetes, which are difficult to prevent and cure by modern medicine are rapidly increased. Further, increase in food pollution and social stress damages people’s health and causes various diseases.
 Under such circumstances, Taheebo’s efficacy is drawing people’s attention around the world and its study is being remarkably in progress. Recently, universities and research institutions in Japan and abroad are doing presentations at international academic meetings and contributing research report to famous journals. Accordingly, fundamental research based on scientific evidences and clinical studies progressed.
 IMSTR promotes various medical research based on Taheebo’s fundamental science and traditional remedy to clarify its unknown working mechanism, find new active ingredients, and search for the possibility of clinical application.
Further, IMSTR will provide unstinting support to enable researchers in various fields, such as pharmaceutics and medicine, to accelerate research and demonstrate high-level research results, by offering opportunities to actively exchange opinions and discuss among researchers both in Japan and abroad, and by cooperating with them.
 In the South America region where Taheebo grows, many as-yet-unknown medical herbs grow and there is a possibility of containing compounds necessary for human being. Therefore, we continue our activity, taking the investigation/search of such herbs into consideration.
 I hope that IMSTR’s activity will contribute to people’s health and to bring a boon to difficult-to-cure diseases and disease of unknown cause.
 As for lifestyle diseases, shift from treatment to prevention is being sought for to achieve healthful long life. For such reason, research from a new viewpoint, such as prevention and Mibyou (condition progressing to an ill), is expanding.
 The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare proposes the prevention of lifestyle diseases and appeals the importance of improving daily dietary habit.
 Research on functional foods which can be eaten on a daily basis for the purpose of disease prevention is conducted, leading to the establishment of food for specified health use (FOSHU). Such supplements are now popularized, which forms today’s health food market and is being reborn as a solid industry.
 In order that the efficacy of Taheebo is widely evaluated, IMSTR is making every effort to put together research results in easy-to-understand way, and to become a core of sending information for many people to understand.
I sincerely hope that many of you understand the objective of establishing IMSTR and cooperate with our activities.



Toshikazu YoshikawaFormer president of Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine Board, Chairman of Louis Pasteur Center for Medical Research

Board Chairman

Akira IidaProfessor of Applied Biological Chemistry, Faculty of Agriculture, Kinki University

Academic Committee member

Hiroshi IchikawaProfessor of Doshisha University Graduate School of Life and Medical Sciences
Tomihisa OhtaProfessor Emeritus, Kanazawa University
Satoshi OnoProfessor of Clinical Research Center, Faculty of Medicine, Shimane University
Ichiro SaitoProfessor of Laboratory of Pathology, School of Dental Medicine Tsurumi University
Katsuhiko Suzuki  Professor of Faculty of Sport Sciences, Waseda University
Nobutaka SuzukiResearch professor of Laboratory of Clinical Research Development Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Health Sciences, Kanazawa University Graduate School of Medical Science
George Y.C. WongSenior Research Scientist of Breast Center, Maimonides Medical Center (New York, U.S.A.)
Qutaibah Al-AliDoctor of Traditional Medicine, Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Complementary therapies member and committee reporter of Society of Cancer Preventing (Kuwait)

Clinical committee member

Takeshi OhyamaDirector of Ohyama Urology Clinic
Shoji HirataDirector of Hirata Clinic for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Medical Oncology, Cancer Care Village Sapporo
Hideto YoshiokaChief advisor, Pediatric surgeon of Japan Heart, International Medical Volunteers

Scientific Advisor

Harukuni TokudaResearcher of Kyoto University Graduate school of Agriculture
Osamu MuraokaVisiting Professor, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kinki University

Honorary chairman

Kazuhiko AtsumiProfessor Emeritus of Faculty of Medicine, the University of Tokyo, Chairman of Atsumi Kazuhiko Memorial Foundation Future Health Inclusive Society Research

Honorary member

Toshinori ItoDirector of Osaka Center for Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
Takusaburo EbinaChairman of Director, Sendai Research Institute Microbiology
Ryoichi ObitsuHonorary Director of Obitsusankei Hospital
Emiko KawabataProfessor of Faculty of Health Care, Department of Nursing, Teikyo Heisei University
Hisanobu NakamuraDirector of Saitoyukoukai Hospital
Masatoshi Nagayama General Manager of Cardiac rehabilitation and General Practice, Sakakibara Heart Institute, Japan Research Promotion Society for Cardiovascular Diseases
Helmut BacowskyDirector of NOSOMI Clinic (Vienna, Austria)

Legal Advisor

Ryuya NakagawaNakagawa Law Firm


Yoshiaki YoshidaYoshiaki Yoshida Certified Tax Accountant Office

Articles of incorporation

Articles of incorporation (Open PDF)