Masakazu Seino, MD

Masakazu Seino, MD
Member since 1988
Shizuoka, Japan
Date of Death: March 7, 2007

Dr. Masakazu Seino passed away on March 7, 2007 at age 77. He was born in Hokkaido on July 25, 1930.

Dr. Seino graduated from Hokkaido University School of Medicine in 1954. He then went to Tokyo First National Hospital where he trained for seven years (1954-1961) as a neuropsychiatrist. He did his postdoctoral research fellowship at the Institute of Neurological Research, University of British Columbia. In 1963 he returned to Japan and established a ward for patients with epilepsy at the National Musashi Institute for Mental & Nervous Disease. During the next 12 years he established the foundation of the association for people with epilepsy, which became the Japan Epilepsy Association in 1976; he also introduced serum level monitoring of antiepileptic drugs; and introduction of the video-EEG monitoring method to analyze epileptic seizures. The latter two methods are now used for the classification and treatment of seizures throughout Japan.

Dr. Seino moved to Shizuoka with Prof. Toyoji Wada in 1975 where they built a national epilepsy center for comprehensive care and served as the medical director of the center at the request of the Japanese Ministry of Welfare. He held this position and that of director-general until 1996, and then as honorary president at the Epilepsy Center in Shizuoka, Japan.

Dr. Seino coauthored 141 articles and chapters as well as being the first author on 71 articles and chapters. He served as a board member of the Japanese epilepsy Research Group from 1967 to 1981, and secretary general from 1973 to 1981. From 1981 until his death, he served as a board member of the Japan Epilepsy Society and was the president of the Society from 1989-1997. Dr. Seino served as secretary general in 1981 at the International Epilepsy Congress in Kyoto. He also served as vice president of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) from 1981-1989 and as treasurer from 1989 until 1993. He served as a member of the ILAE Commission on Classification and Terminology, was chairman of the Rules Commission (1983-1985), the Commission on Nomination (1985-1989), and as a member of the Commission on Constitutional Affairs (1993-2006). After retirement from the Japan National Epilepsy Center, Dr. Seino became devoted to the Asia-Oceania Epilepsy Organization as well as teaching courses on epileptology. Dr. Seino organized the Commission on Asia-Oceania Affairs and included the Asian Epilepsy Academy under the umbrella of the ILAE in order to encourage treatment for patients with epilepsy in Asian-Oceanian countries that was equivalent to the treatment received by epilepsy patients in European countries. His ideas are now being realized in the Asian-Oceanian countries and his dream will come true in the future.

Yagi K. In Memory of Masakazu Seino. ILAE Gray Matters. Epilepsia. 2007;48(10):1999.
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