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  1. 06.2017 The first successful artificial retina transplant by a team led by Prof. Yoon Young-hee of ophthalmology

    Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is the most common form of inherited retinal diseases that develops as retinal cells which were normal at birth are functionally disordered over time. A retinal implant has internal units to be implanted in a patient and an external unit to be worn by a patient. A surgery team led by Professor Yoon Young-hee of the department of ophthalmology transplanted an artificial retina into a patient suffering from RP. Visual information is obtained via a camera and processed with a special portable computer to be delivered to the internal unit through an antenna and then signaled to the visual center. The patient could dimly make out strong light two weeks after transplant and read the biggest letters on an eyesight test chart one month after transplant.

  2. 06.2017 A team led by Professor Kim Jae-seung concludes an agreement to export a 10 billion won-worth new technology for diagnosing Parkinson’s disease to Australia

    FP-CIT which is a radiopharmaceutical developed by a research team led by Professor Kim Jae-seung and Associate Professor Oh Seung-jun of the Department of Nuclear Medicine  and Specialist Lee Sang-ju in 2008 and obtained an approval from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety was first exported.

    The research team has signed a contract of an international exclusive license of the patent with a consortium of DuChemBio Co., Ltd. – Korean distributor and supplier of radiopharmaceuticals – and BGM – German consulting firm – to export FP-CIP in June last year. As a result, a 10 billion won-worth contract for technology export was signed with Australian company CYCLOTECH to sell FP-CIP in Australia and New Zealand.

  3. 06.2017 Shingles patients to have a higher risk of cardio-cerebrovascular diseases

    A joint research team led by Associate Professor Kim Sung-han of the Department of Infectious Diseases, Associate Professor Yoon Sung-cheol of the Department of Medical Statistics, and Professor Kwon Sun-uck of the Department of Neurology has analyzed the study group of 23,233 shingles patients registered in database of the National Health Insurance Corporation and the control group of the same number of patients without shingles between 2003 and 2013. As a result, it was found that shingles patients are more likely to have heart diseases by 1.41 times, a stroke by 1.35 times, and myocardial infraction by 1.59 times. In particular, a risk of having a stroke in shingles patients under the age of 40 is higher than the control group by 3.74 times.

    The correlation between shingles and cardio-cerebrovascular diseases was most noticeable in the first year when shingles develops and gradually decreasing over time. Moreover, shingles were closely related to hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, angina, peripheral vascular diseases, rheumatism, and malign tumors as well as cardio-cerebrovascular diseases.

  4. 06.2017 AMC achieves world-class survival rates of lung transplantation.

    AMC lung transplantation team (Professors Park Seung-il and Kim Dong-kwan and Assistant Professor Cho Se-hoon of the Dept. of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Professors Shim Tae-sun and Hong Sang-bum of the Dept. of Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine, and Professor Lee Sang-oh of the Dept. of Infectious Disease) has analyzed 41 patients who underwent lung transplantation until the end of last year from 2008 and recently announced that five-year survival rates are 65.5%. It represents that the survival rates of lung transplantation in Korea has reached the global level. According to the Korean Network for Organ Sharing (KNOS), one-year, three-year, and five-year survival rates of lung transplantation in Korea are 81.4%, 76.9%, and 65.5%, respectively. Meanwhile, the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) reported that one-year, three-year, and five-year survival rates of lung transplantation in the world are 85%, 67%, and 61%, respectively. AMC achieved an international level of performance.

  5. 05.2017 Hepatitis B requiring many drugs due to resistance is cured with a single drug

    A research team led by Professor Lim Young-suk of the department of internal medicine has recently published the study result that a single drug administration is effective in controlling the activity of the virus.

    The research team followed up 192 patients for 144 weeks (3 years) and compared the treatment effects in chronic hepatitis B with multidrug resistance between a Tenofovir-based single therapy and a Tenoforvia-Entecavir-based combined therapy. There was almost no difference in effects between the two therapies. The Tenofovir-based single therapy was also used in all patient subjects including both groups for 96 weeks, and found the ratio of patients without showing the activity of hepatitis B virus rose to about 74% while no one was resistant to Tenofovir.

  6. 05.2017 Prof. Yook Jeong-hwan of stomach surgery verifies the effectiveness of iron infusion with IV for anemia after stomach cancer surgery.

    Professor Yook Jeong-hwan of the department of stomach surgery published a study result that iron infusion with IV is effective in treatment acute lsovolemic anemia that occurs after stomach cancer surgery. This study was carried out jointly with surgeons who specialized in stomach cancer from seven large hospitals in Korea as well as a research team from the Graduate School of Cancer Science and Policy of the National Cancer Center. It is expected that the practice of improper transfusion will be replaced with iron infusion with IV since this study discovered that simply raising the hemoglobin level can alleviate anemia.”  

  7. 05.2017 A conference to celebrate the opening of the Health Innovation Big Data Center is held.

    A ‘Status and Future Trend of Medical Big Data’-themed conference to celebrate the opening of the Health Innovation Big Data Center was held on June 9 and attended by external lecturers from various organizations such as IBM, Microsoft, LG Electronics, and National Health Insurance Cooperation as well as around 200 medical professionals and researchers to share recent insights on big data. AMC has been committed to building a Korean-type big data analysis platform since September 2014 and opened the Health Innovation Big Data Center this year. Recently a medical big data competition was also held jointly with Microsoft Korea. Now AMC focuses on refining various medical big data such as EMR data and medical images to be utilized in R&D.

  8. 05.2017 AMC signs the MOU with the Korea Brain Research Institute for brain disorder study and brain bank development.

    AMC signed the MOU with the Korea Brain Research Institute (KBRI), a government-funded research institution, on May 17 to cooperate for the study of human brain disorders and develop a brain bank. They will work together to build a Korea brain bank network that collects, stores, and offers normal and diseased human brain tissues, cooperate with brain disease-related technologies, and discover joint research areas. 

  9. 04.2017 A meeting for the use of 3D printing technology in a clinical setting

    A meeting for the use of 3D printing technology in a clinical setting was held on April 11 at the grand auditorium (6F, East Building), attended by government officials including Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn, Vice Minister of Health and Welfare Bang Moon-kyu, and Minister of Food and Drug Safety Sohn Mun-gi as well as internal and external medical professionals including Director General of Asan Healthcare System Lee Sung-gyu, President of AMC Lee Sang-do, and Chairman of Asan Institute for Life Sciences Kim Chong-jai. Assistant Professor Kim Nam-kug of the department of convergence medicine gave a presentation on “Development, application, and commercialization of medical 3D printing technology: Beyond regulations and obstacles; and discussion on public-private cooperation to promote the use of 3D printing technology was conducted.

  10. 04.2017 AMC have trained 2,283 overseas medical professionals from 82 countries for five years.

    For the last five years from 2012 to 2016, 2,283 overseas medical professionals have come to AMC to learn sophisticated and advanced medical skills. Especially last year, a record number of 617 overseas medical professionals visited AMC for training. In 2016, the department preferred the most by overseas medical professionals was the department of cardiology (111), followed by the department of radiology (104) and the department of liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery (94).

    AMC provides overseas medical professionals with information for dormitory and library use through the Asan Medical International (AMI) in order to help them adjust to a strange environment. Recently, an orientation session for overseas medical professionals of diverse nationalities, was created to encourage them interact with one another and promote a network of Asan alumni.

  11. 04.2017 A clinical study of prevention of otitis media recurrence with balloon dilation is conducted.

    A research team led by Professors Song Ho-young of the department of radiology and Park Hong-ju of the department of otorhinolaryngology will conduct a clinical study of balloon dilation for treatment of hearing problems of recurrent otitis media patients. Balloon dilation involves observation of the auditory tube through endoscopy and radioscopy after local anesthesia, insertion of a tube, and inflation of a balloon to widen the narrowed section. As a result, the widened auditory tube allows proper air circulation, making the secretion stagnant inside the ear naturally flow down into the rear of the nose through the auditory tube to be out of the body, which will eventually prevent otitis media.

  12. 04.2017 AMC Cancer Institute started to develop a biomarker to see the effectiveness of preoperative treatment for rectal cancer.

    AMC Cancer Institute has recently launched the development of a biomarker with European researchers, which is designed to inform of the effectiveness of preoperative chemotherapy and radiotherapy in advance in order to provide customized treatment with rectal cancer patients who are eligible for preoperative chemotherapy and radiotherapy. This project began as Prestizia, a French biotechnology and molecular diagnostics company, proposed AMC having a record of more than 2,000 colorectal cancer surgeries performed to cooperate in R&D activities. On April 20, AMC, Prestizia, and CbsBioscience which is a Korean startup entered into a three-party research agreement. In the next three years, ▲ CbsBioscience will develop a biomarker that predicts the effectiveness of chemotherapy and radiotherapy by patient using the tissue of rectal cancer patients; ▲Prestizia will develop a biomarker using the blood of patients; and ▲AMC will review the effectiveness of each biomarker through clinical trials.

  13. 04.2017 CardioVascular Summit-TCTAP 2017 is successfully held.

    The 22th CardioVascular Summit-TCTAP 2017 was held from three days from April 25 to 27 in the Convention Center of COEX. The Summit organized by the CardioVascular Research Foundation (CVRF) and supported by the Heart Institute of Asan Medical Center has been held annually for 22 years. It was the 22nd TCTAP. Since its beginning in 1995, the TCTAP has expanded partnership sessions with prestigious societies and meetings in the cardiology field of the United States, Japan, China, and Europe to become a global forum attended by thousands of cardiologists from 40 countries every year.

  14. 04.2017 Symposium on gait training assistance robot, Morning Week, is held.

    A symposium was held on April 5 to share the current improvements and clinical study results of Morning Week. The study result was announced that Morning Week-assisted rehabilitation was effective in patients with brain injury including stroke.

  15. 03.2017 AMC performs the 1,000th autologous stem cell transplantations.

    A ceremony that celebrates the 25th anniversary of opening the Hematopoietic Stem Cell Collection of the department of oncology and the performance of 1,000 autologous stem cell transplantations was held on March 11. Since the first autologous stem cell transplantation in January 1993, the 1,000th transplantation was successfully performed on a 59-year old woman in February. AMC has also reported to the American Society of Hematology in 2016 89% of 2-year survival rates of autologous stem cell transplantation on patients with central nervous system lymphoma known for having an unfavorable prognosis.

  16. 03.2017 AMC first proves the effect of drug treatment on aortic valve stenosis in the world.

    A research team led by Professor Song Jae-kwan of the department of cardiology, Associate Professors Jang Eun-ju and Choi Bong-geun at the Department of Medical Lifescience, and Assistant Professor Lee Sah-min of the department of cardiology has recently announced that medical care without surgery can deter the aging of the aortic valve. It was also found that the administration of DPP-4 inhibitor which is used to treat diabetes inhibits the occurrence of calcification in the aortic valves. This study result is especially significant in that it was an outcome of translational research carried out by combining clinical study and basic research based on AMC’s sufficient clinical experience.

  17. 03.2017 AMC signs an agreement for joint research of next-generation medical robots and clinical therapies.

    AMC’s Robot Surgery Center signed an agreement with Intuitive Surgical, a global robotic surgical instrument manufacturer, on March 22 for joint research to promote the development of medical robots, robot-assisted clinical treatment, and surgical techniques. They will go into a joint study to develop next-generation medical robots based on their abundant experience in performing robotic surgery and studying medical robots.  

  18. 03.2017 Professors Kim Jin-soo, Han Duck-jong, Choi Jung-kyoon, and Ahn Jung-min win the 10th Asan Award in Medicine

    The awarding ceremony of the 10th ASAN Award in Medicine was held on March 21 at the Grand Hyatt Seoul. Winners are ▲Director of Center for Genome Engineering Kim Jin-soo at the Institute for Basic Science (basic medicine category) ▲ Professor Han Duck-jong of the department of cardiovascular surgery at AMC (clinical medicine category), ▲Professor Choi Jung-kyoon of the department of bio and brain engineering at KAIST, Professor Ahn Jung-min of the department of internal medicine at the University of Ulsan College of Medicine (young investigator category). Winners received a prize of 700 million won including 300 million won for a winner in basic-clinical medicine category while 50 million won for each winner in young investigator category.

  19. 03.2017 Airway Vista 2017 is successfully held.

    The Airway Vista has been held since 2008 to build a researcher network and share insights on COPD and asthma. The 10th Airway Vista held in an auditorium (6F, East Building) for two days between March 25 and 26 reflected upon the last ten years of COPD research and found the future directions for development. At the symposium attended around 20 world-renowned specialists in COPD-related areas and COPD-related genetics including Professor Norbert F.

  20. 03.2017 AMC’s Global Center of Excellence in Clinical Trials announces project results.

    AMC’s Global Center of Excellence in Clinical Trials has completed projects that have been carried out for the last five years with the outcomes of enhancing its competitiveness in clinical trials and establishing global research infrastructure. For five years, AMC has performed 191 phase-1 clinical studies, 284 phase-2 clinical studies, 511 phase-3 clinical studies, and 129 phase-4 clinical studies as well as 223 PoC (Proof of Concept) studies designed to confirm the efficacy of new therapies on patients. 

  21. 02.2017 AMC was selected in KMAC-led survey as the most admired hospital in Korea for the 11th consecutive years.

    AMC ranked the top in the general hospital category of a survey for the most admired businesses in Korea for the 11th consecutive years. ‘The most admired hospital’ award is given to the hospital with the highest scores for excellent clinical performance and social contribution by patients, their families, and medical professionals.

  22. 02.2017 AMC is admitted to a global research network for immune-oncology.

    AMC has been recently admitted to a global research network for immune-oncology, imCORE (immunotherapy Centers of Research Excellence) for its excellence in competence to perform world-class clinical studies. 

  23. 02.2017 A surgery team led by Prof. Kim Ki-hun of liver transplantation and hepato-biliary surgery performs the 50th laparoscopic surgery of liver donator.

    A surgery team led by Professor Kim Ki-hun of the department of liver transplantation and hepato-biliary surgery performed a total of 51 laparoscopic surgeries of liver donators without a single complication. Laparoscopic liver resection is done inside the abdomen, not only minimizing damage to the liver and its surrounding tissues, but also leading to small scar and less pain, which allows patients to walk again as quickly as possible and is preferred by young women donors. 

  24. 02.2017 A research team led by Prof. Jeon Sang-ryong of neurosurgery starts a preclinical study of customized stem cell medicine for chronic spinal cord injury patients

    A research team led by Professor Jeon Sang-ryong of the department of neurosurgery made a start on a preclinical study of customized stem cell medicine for chronic spinal cord injury patients. The preclinical study is aimed to develop ‘smart stem cells’ added with an effect of helping the regeneration of spinal nerve beyond the effect of cell regeneration. 

  25. 02.2017 Robotic surgery is applied in 11 divisions including urology and the number of robotic surgeries performed increases by 24 times in a decade.

    This year marks the tenth year since AMC introduced a robot-assisted surgery system. According to the Robotic Surgery Center, the number of robotic surgeries performed in AMC was 767 in 2012, 926 in 2013, 173 in 2014, 1,373 in 2015, and 1,749 in 2016, which represents a steady increase in recent five years. Comparing between the figure in 2007 (72) when the first robotic surgery was performed and that in 2016, it increased by 24.3 times in ten years.
     

  26. 02.2017 Medical Volunteering at Tanzania, Africa

    AMC’s medical volunteering team visited Tanzania of Africa from February 3 to 12 to prove medical services. The team set up clinic camps in a village church of Isole, the Katong Gulu health center, and the Illamella hospital ship to perform treatment of internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, and pediatrics, 54 blood tests, 78 urine tests, 59 ultrasound scanning, pain relief procedures, and surgical interventions for burns, wounds, and dressing. The team treated 2,183 residents of poor farming and fishing villages on the shores of Lake Victoria.

  27. 02.2017 AMC performs 963 organ transplantations in 2016.

    According to the Korean Network for Organ Sharing (KONOS)’s statistics, AMC performed 963 transplantations out of a total of 4,602 organ transplantations performed in 2016. Until February 2017 from January 2000 when the KONOS started collecting data (as of February 28), AMC has performed 10,882 organ transplantations, which accounts for 23.7% of overall organ transplantations in Korea and is the largest number of organ transplantations performed. Since 2000, one in four patients received organ transplantation at AMC. 

  28. 02.2017 Successful simultaneous robotic single-site surgery for liver cancer and colorectal cancer

    AMC has recently succeeded in a robotic single-site surgery for liver cancer and colorectal cancer with a 3~4cm hole and a 1.5cm incision through collaboration with the department of hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery and the department of colon and rectal surgery. It is unusual to complete a surgery for liver cancer and colorectal cancer with only two incisions using robotic single-site technique like this. The patient is recovering without any complications thanks to minimized incision site and shortened operation time, and satisfied with the surgery because almost no scar remains now two months after surgery

  29. 01.2017 A team led by Prof. Kim Young-hee of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery performs the 200th robotic surgery for esophageal cancer.

    Professor Kim Yong-hee of the department of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery performed the 200th robotic surgery for esophageal cancer on January 2.

    Esophageal cancer surgery is regarded as one of the most sophisticated surgeries due to its long operation time of more than six hours and a high risk for developing complications. Robot-assisted surgery for esophageal cancer will ▲enhance surgical precision by offering a magnified view of nerves and paratracheal lymph nodes ▲easing postoperative pain by minimizing an incision, and ▲reducing complications such as pneumonia.

  30. 01.2017 A team led by Prof. Lee Jung-kyo of neurosurgery cures intractable depression with Gamma Knife.

    A woman who has repeatedly suffered from recurrent depression and attempted suicide due to intractable depression for thirty years, went through gamma knife surgery led by an operation team led by Professor Lee Jung-kyo of the department of neurosurgery, and now overcame depression and live a normal life without medication. She received a surgery three years ago that applies gamma radiation into the brain without opening the skull and a scalp. The treatment team monitored her over two and a half years to find her condition continuously improved and no special neurological abnormality, so that published the results in the Journal of European Neurosurgical Society.

  31. 01.2017 Around 3.05 million patients visit AMC in 2016 with an increase of overseas patients.

    A total of 3,054,905 patients visited AMC last year. The number of outpatients and inpatients was 2,915,191 and 139,714, respectively while the number of surgeries performed was 63,118 with around 254 surgeries performed a day on average.

    According to a survey, a growing number of foreign patients from more diverse nationalities are visiting AMC. Patients from 92 countries received treatment in AMC in 2016, compared to 82 countries in 2012 (see Graph 3). Notably, the number of patients from Saudi Arabia with somewhat different cultural and geographical characteristics was 966 in 2016, which is an increase by 68% from 572 in 2015. AMC has coordinators dedicated to some countries including Saudi Arabia who involves interpretation and optimization of treatment schedules for each patient.

  32. 01.2017 AMC launches AI Medical Imaging Center.

    As AMC was selected as a leading research institute for developing AI source technology to support the interpretation of lung, liver, and heart images and commercializing a connection of medical image storage and transmission systems, we launched the AI Medical Imaging Center’ to make full-fledged efforts to develop AI-related technologies. The Center will develop a variety of core technologies including AI technology-based disease-specific medical imaging software, convergence of voice recognition technology, and medical AI engine development.

  33. 01.2017 Prof. Myung Seung-jae of gastroenterology identifies a new pathogenesis of colorectal cancer.

    A research team led by Professor Myung Seung-jae of the department of gastroenterology has first identified that colon polyp and cancer cells are developed if bioactive substance PGE2 and gene YAP1 which are known to regenerate cells in the body are overly manifested through excessive interactions inside the colon.

  34. 01.2017 A surgery team led by Professor Park Seung-jung of cardiology performed the 300th TAVI.

    A surgery team led by Professor Park Seung-jung of the department of cardiology performed the 300th transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) on January 17, which was an achievement made in seven years since the first success in TAVI using a stent on a severe aortic stenosis patient in March 2010.

    According to the statistics of 300 TAVIs performed in AMC, an average age of patients was 78.4 years old and the success rate was 96.3%. Especially the procedures performed in 2016 boasts 98% of the success rate. The first patient who received TAVI in Korea in 2010 (now 91 years old) is leading a healthy life.