Mika Shigematsu, MD, RBP
Mika Shigematsu graduated from Kochi Medical School/University in Japan and has been registered on the Japanese national board as a physician since 1990. She received PhD in Internal Medicine and Microbiology from Kyushu University Graduate School, and a Diploma and MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases from the London School of Tropical Medicine, University of London. She joined the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan (MHLW) in March 2002 after post-doctoral attachment at the Public Health Laboratory Service (current Public Health England) in London. She holds the position of Senior Research Scientist in Infectious Disease Surveillance Center, NIID. She is a qualified Infection Control Doctor (1999, Japan), a certified Public Health Specialist by National Academic Associations and also holds active IATA Diploma on Dangerous Goods Regulation (since 2007). Her expertise covers a wide range of preventative medicine and practice, which include bacteriology, infection control, disease epidemiology and surveillance, molecular epidemiology, risk assessment, information intelligence for early alert and response, laboratory biorisk management, biosafety & biosecurity, and risk communication training for public health. She has worked closely with the IBCTR Program at Sandia National Laboratories on biosecurity & biosafety risk assessment and management, the MHLW on the national training programs of bioisafety and international collaboration key personnel for G7+ Mexico Health Minister Global Health Initiative and WHO project. She also served as a committee member for Asian Pacific Biosafety Association, the member of the Certification Body of International Federation of Biosafety Associations, and a Board Member of International Society of Diseases Surveillance. In brief, she trained herself as a “generalist” in the field of public health practice and infectious diseases control with major focus on Communicable Disease prevention and responses. Her interest is on enhancement of proactive intervention and preparedness for “unknown” events.