Welcome to HIGAN !
(Zero Helicobacter-related IGAN (which means Gastric Cancer in Japanese) Network)
Our mission is to let people know about the bacterium called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) to help prevent both gastric ulcers and cancers that it can cause.
We would like to work with medical professionals in countries where these bacteria are prevalent and help them to treat at-risk individuals.(On the map below of global gastric cancer distribution provided by WHO below, the region in red show countries with a high incidence of gastric cancer.)
Figure 1 The estimated age-standardized incidence rate for gastric cancer in 2018 (both sexes, all ages)
H. pylori used to be quite prevalent in Japan. Therefore, the incidence of gastric cancer was high. To eliminate gastric cancer, extensive research was carried out and nationwide screening program was established. Advanced Japanese medical technology, including endoscopic detection, has been very successful in significantly decreasing gastric cancer death in Japan.
We would like to share this medical technology and knowledge with the countries where H. pylori is prevalent in order to prevent gastric cancer and ulcers.
Working, Dep. of Internal medicine III, at Medical University of Vienna. After the training of Gastroenterologist in Japan, studied Immunology in USA. Then worked for MSF in India as well as WHO as a consultant for the neglected tropical diseases.
Professor Dep. of environmental and preventive medicine, Oita University faculty of Medicine, and Dep. of Gastroenterology, Baylor College of Medicine, World wide well-known scientist in the field of Helicobacter pylori.
Working for accounting, finance, airline, NPO as professional volunteers. We look for the volunteers to help us.
Former Professor, Dep. of Radiology at Tokyo Women's Medical University and the head of hospital; Tokyo Women's Medical University Medical Center East.
Professor (Dep. pediatric surgery) at St Marianna University School of medicine.
Professor and Head, Dep. of Endoscopy, Fukuoka University Chikushi hospital. An authority in the field of gastric cancer. Many countries ask him to teach how to find cancer.
Working for FAO (food and agriculture organization of the united nation) in Italy. A specialist for protection of natural environment.