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Tredici Award: Ari Taniguchi-Shinojima

September 03, 2021

Tredici Award: Ari Taniguchi-Shinojima

This award was established by Thomas J. Tredici and sponsored by an endowment fund managed by the Aerospace Medical Association Foundation. It is given for the most significant contribution to aerospace ophthalmology and vision science.

Ari Taniguchi-Shinojima, M.D., Ph.D., was recognized for her contributions to aerospace ophthalmology, clinical ophthalmology, and vision science with the 2021 Thomas J. and Margaret D. Tredici Award. She has worked on the problem of spaceflight-associated neuro-ocular syndrome (SANS) affecting astronauts and vision impairment in commercial airline pilots. She has contributed to both aviation and space medicine and is frequently consulted regarding cases of pilots with central serous chorioretinopathy. She has also been appointed the Japanese representative to the International Space Station Eye Problem Working Group and has been active in educational activities for Japanese aviation medical examiners to renew their ophthalmological knowledge.
   After winning the Robert F. Kennedy Scholarship, awarded to only one person from 16 colleges with 87 departments at Nihon University in Tokyo, Japan, Dr. Taniguchi-Shinojima has been working on head-down tilt and other experiments related to ophthalmology. From 2017 to 2019 she worked at the Lariboisiere Hospital in Paris, France, while representing Japan at a meeting on SANS hosted by NASA. Since 2017 she has been working as a JAXA consultant and researcher. Since 2019 she has been affiliated with the Department of Ophthalmology at Keio University School of Medicine in Tokyo, Japan, as a Project Assistant Professor.
   Dr. Taniguchi-Shinojima has received three awards from the Japan Society of Aerospace and Environmental Medicine regarding aerospace medical research, and an award from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology in Japan. She is also active as a clinician and researcher, and her research on vitreoretinal diseases has been recognized both domestically and internationally, receiving the Tokyo Retina League Young Investigator Award in 2016 and the EURETINA (European Society of Retina Specialists) Best Free Paper Award in 2018. After graduating from Nihon University in 2006, she worked at Nihon University as a surgical resident in order to gain a broad understanding of the whole body as a physician. She studied in the Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Orthopedics, Anesthesiology, Ophthalmology, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Pediatrics, Cardiology, and Neurology. Since 2008, she has been specializing in ophthalmology. From 2009 to 2010, she also performed ophthalmic surgery at the Department of Ophthalmology, National Hospital Organization Disaster Medical Center.
   In 2012, Dr. Taniguchi-Shinojima earned her Ph.D. and worked as an ophthalmologist at Nihon University. In 2013, she became the head of the Department of Ophthalmology at Douaikai Hospital in Tokyo, and was mainly involved in surgery for vitreoretinal diseases at Nihon University Hospital since late 2014. Since 2018, she has been a lecturer at the Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University, in Japan. She has been in her current position since 2019. She has also been involved in murine experiments, such as changing the concentration of vitamins and other ingredients in food to investigate retinal photodamage and engaged in the development of a device and research for non-invasively detecting metabolites in the aqueous humor. She has been an author on 37 papers and 63 books and other publications and has given over 100 presentations. She is a recipient of the Jeff Myers Young Investigator Award from 2014, the Tokyo Retina League 15th Young Investigator Award in 2016, and the European Society of Retina Specialists Best Free Paper Award in 2018.