Dr. Shimokawa is Professor and the Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Sendai, Japan. Dr. Shimokawa graduated from Kyushu University in 1979, obtained PhD degree in 1985, and has been appointed for the present position in 2005. In addition, he was appointed as the president of the Tohoku University Medical Association in 2012, the director of Clinical Research Institute of Tohoku University Hospital in 2013, and as the director of the Big Data Medicine Center of Tohoku University in 2017.
His research projects include (1) molecular mechanisms of coronary artery spasm and atherosclerosis, (2) endothelial function, (3) development of innovative medical therapies, and (4) large clinical trials of heart failure and ischemic heart disease. He is well known for the development of animal models of coronary spasm (Science 1983) and the identification of endothelium-derived hydrogen peroxide as an important endothelium-derive