In this Keynote Presentation, Dr Ryoma Kayano from the World Health Organisation (WHO) Centre for Health Development in Kobe, Japan, will discuss the WHO’s role in emergency 21st century challenges.
Dr Kayano joined WHO in 2015, having previously worked at Nagasaki University School of Medicine as Assistant Professor in charge of research promotion and international collaboration. He currently works as a focal point of health emergency and disaster risk management (Health-EDRM) and is responsible for the liaison for Japan local and national government. As the responsible officer for Health-EDRM research at WHO Kobe Centre (WKC), he coordinates the work of the secretariat of the WHO Thematic Platform for Health-EDRM Research Network, which facilitates global research collaboration for scientific evidence improvement. Based on his background in psychiatry, he also coordinates WKC’s research activities on mental health and dementia. After graduating from medical school, he served vulnerable populations through his early career as a general practitioner in a rural area and as a psychiatrist in training for people severely disabled.