Charles Kato, of San Jose, Calif., who double- majored in neuroscience and East Asian studies and received his Johns Hopkins University undergraduate degree May 17, has been awarded a grant from the Fulbright Student Program for the 2007-2008 academic year. He is one of 17 Johns Hopkins students and graduates so far this year to receive a Fulbright grant, one of the most prestigious awards in academia.
Kato, 22, will travel to Nagoya, Japan, to research immunology and geriatric health care at Nagoya University's School of Medicine. Kato will volunteer at an elderly home and take classes on Japanese language, society and healthcare. Kato is especially interested in Nagoya because of its sizeable elderly population, with one facility per 100 persons over the age of 65. Kato hopes to use his research to gain cross-cultural insight into the United States, including how to address rising healthcare costs.
"I hope to identify ways in which the Japanese have addressed the healthcare issue pertinent to their substantial elderly population, specifically, curbing rising healthcare costs without sacrificing the quality of care," Kato said.
Created in 1946, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of people, knowledge and skills. The program awards approximately 1,000 grants annually and currently operates in more than 140 countries. Successful U.S. applicants utilize their grants to undertake self- designed programs in a broad range of disciplines including the social sciences, business, communication, performing arts, physical sciences, engineering and education.
Kato and his parents, Theresa and Yoshiaki Kato, reside in San Jose. For more information on the Fulbright program, go to www.iie.org.
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