It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Professor Yukio Fukuyama, a true pioneer in the field of pediatric neurology who chaired the Department of Pediatrics at Tokyo Women’s Medical University, for a quarter of a century, teaching and mentoring young doctors and leading us into the 21st century. The depth and breadth of his accomplishments are a testament to his commitment to patients, their families, the university, his coworkers and advances in pediatric neurology worldwide. He will be sorely missed by friends and colleagues alike, thanks to his tireless efforts to advance Child Neurology, always based on his belief in “slow but steady” progress.
Professor Fukuyama (DOB: 28 May, 1928, Birthplace: Miyazaki, Japan) passed away on July 17, 2014, due to aspiration pneumonia, at the age of 86.
Home Address: 6-12-16 Minami-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0004, Japan
Office Address: Child Neurology Institute, 6-12-17-201, Minami-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, 140-0004, Japan
Survived by: Mrs. Ayako Fukuyama
Most recent Positions:
Emeritus Professor, Tokyo Women’s Medical University, Tokyo
Honorary Chairman, Board of Trustees, Japanese Society of Child Neurology
Honorary President, Asian & Oceanian Child Neurology Association
Honorary Chairman of Infantile Seizure Society
Major Fields of Interest:
Child neurology, with emphasis on pediatric epileptology, pediatric neuro-muscular disorders, clinical neurogenetics, international relations
Honorary Memberships in Academic Societies:
Honorary Chairman, Board of Trustees, Japanese Society of Child Neurology (since 1993)
Honorary President, Asian & Oceanian Child Neurology Association (since 1992)
Honorary Chairman, Infantile Seizure Society (since 2013)
Honorary Member of the following societies:
American Academy of Neurology (since 1990)
American Neurological Association (since 2006)
Canadian Child Neurology Society (since 1985)
Child Neurology Society (US) (since 1986)
European Paediatric Neurology Society (since 2005)
International Child Neurology Association (since 2010)
Japan Epilepsy Society (since 1998)
Japan Pediatric Society (since 1999)
Japanese Society of Neurology (since 2000)
Japanese Society of Clinical Neurophysiology (since 1995)
Japanese Society of Human Genetics (since 1999)
Japan Teratology Society (since 1998)
Philippine Child Neurology Society (since 2008)
Active Member of the following societies:
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Epilepsy Society
American Society of Human Genetics
Corresponding Member of the:
Sociétè Européenne de Neurologie Pédiatrique (since 2002)
International Child Neurology Association (1982-1986)
The Joint Meeting of the 5th International Child Neurology Congress and the 3rd Asian & Oceanian Congress of Child Neurology, Tokyo, November 1990.
Infantile Seizure Society (1998－2001, 2005－2012)
University: Faculty of Medicine, University of Tokyo, 1948-1952
Internship: University of Tokyo Hospital, Tokyo, 1952-1953
Postgraduate: Postgraduate Course, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, 1954-1957
Doctorate: University of Tokyo, 1957
Diploma of Medicine: University of Tokyo, 1959
Clinical Associate: Department of Pediatrics, University of Tokyo, 1957-1960
Assistant Professor: (same) 1960-1964 Associate Professor: (same) 1964-1965
Chief Pediatrician: National Children’s Hospital, Tokyo, 1965-1967
Professor & Chairman: Department of Pediatrics, Tokyo Women’s Medical College, Tokyo, 1967-1994
Guest Professor: Department of Pediatrics, Saitama Medical University, Saitama, 1994-1999
Emeritus Professor: Tokyo Women’s Medical University, Tokyo 1994-present
Director: Child Neurology Institute, Tokyo 1994-present
President: Infantile Seizure Society, Tokyo 1998-present
1989 Kimura Taro Prize, Japanese Epilepsy Association
1992 Frank Ford Lectureship Award, International Child Neurology Association
1993 Achievement Award, Japan Epilepsy Research Foundation
1996 Bronze Medal, Societa Italiana di Neuropediatria
1999 Duchenne-Erb Prize, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Muskelkranke
1999 Achievement Award, Japanese Society of Human Genetics
1999 Achievement Grand Award, Japan Medical Association
2002 Lifetime Achievement Award, World Federation of Neurology
2003 International Henri Gastaut Prize, French Chapter of the ILAE
2004 The William G. Lennox Award, American Epilepsy Society
2007 Ambassador for Epilepsy Award, ILAE/IBE
2008 The Asahi Award
2007 The Asahi Shimbun Cultural Foundation
2008 Achievement Grand Award
2008 Japan Pediatric Society
2008 Special Recognition Award, Japanese Society of Child Neurology
2008 The Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, The Cabinet Office, Japanese Government
2010 The First Japan Epilepsy Society Outstanding Achievement Award.
Selected List of Books (first-author or editor):
Epilepsy. The Clinic and The Research. Igaku Shoin, Tokyo, 1974. 666 pp.（in Japanese)
Clinical Aspects of Epilepsy. Tokyo Igaku Publ, Tokyo, 1977. 314 pp. （in Japanese)
Child Neurology. Elsevier, Amsterdam, 1982. 419 pp.
Epilepsies in Childhood. 2nd ed. Ishiyaku Publ, Tokyo, 1984. 204 pp. （in Japanese)
Child Neurology Atlas. Shindan To Chiryo Publ, Tokyo, 1986. 368 pp. （in Japanese)
Neurological Examinations in Children. Kanehara Publ, Tokyo. 1987. 324 pp. （in Japanese)
EEG and Evoked Potentials in Children. Kanehara Publ, Tokyo, 1990. 369 pp. （in Japanese)
Modern Perspectives of Child Neurology. JSCN, Tokyo, 1991. 360 pp.
Febrile Seizures –Modern Concept–. Nihon Shoni-iji Publ, Tokyo, 1991. 156 pp. （in Japanese)
Fetal and Neonatal Neurology. Elsevier, Amsterdam, 1992. 388 pp.
Crossroads of Child Neurology. TWMU, Tokyo, 1995. 728 pp.
Congenital Muscular Dystrophies. Elsevier, Amsterdam, 1997. 440 pp.
Epilepsy Bibliography - Books and Monographs. (1945-2003). 8th print ed. Seiwa Shoten: Tokyo, 2004. 234 pp.
Biology of Seizure Susceptibility in Developing Brain, John Libbey Eurotext, Montrouge 2008. 231 pp.
Epilepsy Bibliography – Books and Monographs (1945-2009). 10th ed. Online. ILAE website
Recent Publications in Journals:
- Fukuyama Y, ed. West syndrome and other infantile epileptic encephalopathies. Brain & Development 2001; 23(7): 441-769.
- Fukuyama Y, ed. Chromosomal aberrations and epileptic syndromes. Brain & Development 2005; 27: 79-147 and 358-391.
- Fukuyama Y, ed. Neuronal migration disorders and childhood epilepsies. J Child Neurol 2005; 20(4): 273-397.
- Maeda Y, Fukuyama Y, et al. Rasmussen syndrome: Multifocal spread of inflammation suggested from MRI and PET findings. Epilepsia 2003; 44: 1118-1121.
- Dravet C, Fukuyama Y, et al. Severe myoclonic epilepsy in infancy: Dravet syndrome. Advances in Neurology 2005; 95: 71-102.
- Oguni H, Fukuyama Y, et al. Severe myoclonic epilepsy in infancy: Clinical analysis and relation to SCN1A mutation in a Japanese cohort. Advances in Neurology 2005; 95: 103-113.
- Dravet C, Fukuyama Y, et al. Severe myoclonic epilepsy in infancy (Dravet syndrome). In: Roger J, et al. Epileptic syndromes in infancy, childhood and adolescence. 4th Ed. John Libbey Eurotext, Montrouge. 2005: 89-113.
- Fukuyama Y, Sakauchi M. Syndromes des crises bénignes du nourrisson. Epilepsies 2006; 18(1): 8-23.
- Fukuyama Y, ed. Epileptic syndromes in infancy and early childhood. Epilepsy Res 2006; 70 Supplement: 279 pages.
- Kato N, Fukuyama Y, et al. Paroxysmal kinesigenic choreoathetosis: From first discovery in 1892 to genetic linkage with benign familial infantile convulsions. Epilepsy Res 2006; 70 Suppl: S174-S184.
- Fukuyama Y, ed. Status epilepticus in infants and young children. Acta Neurol Scand 2007; 115 Suppl 186: 86 pp.
- Fukuyama Y. History and perspectives of Fukuyama congenital muscular dystrophy research. Brain and Nerve; 2008; 60(1): 43-52.
- Fukuyama Y. Japanese activities in epileptology assessed from an international viewpoint – On the occasion of winning the ILAE/IBE Ambassador for Epilepsy Award 2007 –. Tenkan Kenkyu (J Jpn Epilepsy Soc) 2008; 26: 87-93. (in Japanese with English abstract)
- Fukuyama Y, Takahashi T, Hirose S, Takeuchi Y, guest editors. Febrile seizures and related conditions. Special sections I and II. Brain & Development 2009; 31(5): 358-404; Brain & Development 2010; 32(1): 33-77.
- Fukuyama Y, Takahashi T, Hirose S, Matsuishi T, guest editors. Epilepsy in autism spectrum disorders and related conditions. Brain & Development 2010; 32(9): 708-789.
A memorial service is being organized by the Alumni Association of the Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Tokyo Women’s Medical University. The tentative date is October 4th, the Saturday after the 48th Congress of the Japan Epilepsy Society at the Keio Plaza Hotel, starting at 18:30.
Makiko Osawa, MD, PhD.
President Japan Epilepsy Society
Chairperson Infantile Seizure Society
Professor Emeritus Chairperson of Alumuni Association Department of Pediatrics
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