About Matthew Akiyama
Matthew Akiyama is in his third year at University of Hawaii's Internal Medicine Residency Program. As an undergraduate at at McGill University, he studied Microbiology & Immunology with a minor concentration in Social Studies of Medicine. During this time, he assisted with two projects entitled 'Anthropology, Inequality, and Disease' published in the Annual Review of Anthropology and 'The Social Science of HIV/AIDS: A Critical Review and Priorities for Action' published by Canada's International Development Research Centre. His studies and extracurricular research led to an interest in global health equity and medical anthropology with a particular focus on HIV/AIDS. To further these interests, he undertook an M.Sc. at University College London in England. His thesis involved three months of field research examining HIV, ART adherence, and social change in Ghana, West Africa. Driven to gain a more hands-on/multi-disciplinary understanding of HIV, he worked with former President of the International AIDS society Dr. Mark Wainberg at the Lady Davis Institute in Montreal researching additive, inhibitive, and synergistic combinations of reverse transcriptase inhibitors in cell free assays.
His plans following residency include pursuing a fellowship in infectious disease.
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Website: http://www.mcgill.ca/ Type: Academic Institution Country: Canada About: McGill University is one of Canada's best-known institutions of higher learning and one of the country's leading research-intensive universities. With students coming to McGill from about 160 countries, our student body is the most internationally diverse of any medical-doctoral university in Canada. The oldest university in Montreal, McGill was founded in 1821 from a generous bequest by James McGill, a prominent Scottish merchant. Since that time, McGill has grown from a small college to a bustling university with two campuses, 11 faculties, some 300 programs of study, and more than 33,000 students. The University partners with four affiliated teaching hospitals to graduate over 1,000 health care professionals each year.
New York University - NYU
Website: http://www.nyu.edu/ Type: Academic Institution Country: United States About: Founded in 1831, New York University is now one of the largest private universities in the United States. Of the more than 3,000 colleges and universities in America, New York University is one of only 60 member institutions of the distinguished Association of American Universities.
University College London - UCL
Website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ Type: Academic Institution Country: United Kingdom About: UCL was founded in 1826 as a radically different university, opening up English higher education for the first time to people of all beliefs and social backgrounds. UCL is committed to addressing its 'Grand Challenges' in global health, sustainable cities, intercultural understanding, and human well being.
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