Assistance for the researchers affected by the Tohoku Earthquake
A message from the Japanese scientist community at NIH

To all of the researchers affected by earthquake,

The recent earthquake that hit northeastern Japan caused unprecedented damages. There is still a long road to recovery and our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the earthquake. We would also like to express our sincere condolences to those who lost their lives in this disaster.

We have heard that research facilities and equipment at many universities and research institutions in the Tohoku and Kanto regions were damaged as a result of this disaster, and many scientists and students have been forced to stop their research because their valuable research samples or data have been lost. All of the staff and the researchers at NIH are deeply distressed by the devastation that has struck Japan.

As mentioned in the emergency statement by Dr. Michael Gottesman (NIH Deputy Director for Intramural Research) attached below, the NIH is currently putting together plans to aid the researchers and students affected by the disaster. We, the Japanese senior scientists here at NIH have also established the NIH Japanese Scientists Association (NJSA), and hope that we can support the research institutions, researchers, and students affected by the disaster in their road to recovery.

Working closely with Dr. Gottesman, the NJSA would like to assist in whatever way we can from the United States to help the researchers rebuild their research environment as quickly as possible. In order to do so, we would like to hear from you the specific details regarding what type of assistance is most needed at this time. We are considering support such as providing research space for students (undergraduate or graduate), postdocs, or researchers affected by the disaster or sharing research samples, reagents, laboratory animals, and equipment, etc. that were lost. The NJSA would like to collect requests for short- to long-term assistance from the people in the affected areas. We also hope that we can assist the young researchers and students who take initiative to relocate overseas in the wake of this disaster contribute to the future progress of Japanese research.

Based on the information collected, the NJSA will work together with the related departments and make every effort to develop and carry out a plan for support as quickly and as efficiently as feasible. The following are examples of the types of requests, and we welcome submissions of any other requests or proposals.

  1. Requests to conduct research at NIH (include time period)
  2. Requests for samples, laboratory animals, etc.
  3. Requests for research equipment, etc.


Please send requests to NJSANIH@gmail.com
We realize that many of you are busy trying to resume normal activities and re-build your research environment after the disaster, however, we hope that you can find time to send us your requests.
The NJSA sincerely hopes that all of you can return to your research activities as soon as possible.

NIH Japanese Scientists Association
March 29, 2011


Dr. Gottesmanfs message
Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 12:53 PM
To: ********

The NIH community has watched in horror as the natural catastrophe in Japan has unfolded.
Many of us have scientific colleagues, students, friends, and family in areas of Japan affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Our hearts go out to them.

Many of you have asked me whether there is anything we can do to help. Plans are underway to provide temporary scientific homes at NIH for Japanese colleagues and fellows who may have lost research facilities in Japan. Also, the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) has established a fund to help earthquake victims in Japan. Voluntary contributions may be sent to FAES, NIH Building 60, Suite 230 (One Cloister Court, Bethesda, MD 20814) and designated for the "Japanese Earthquake Fund."

Michael M. Gottesman, M.D.
Deputy Director for Intramural Research

Update 2011.04.02