The 6th International Conference on Advancing the Life Sciences and Public Health Awareness – Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 25-27, 2022 in Osaka, Japan »

About ALPHA 2022

We welcome you to join us in Osaka, Japan on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 25-27, 2022 for the 6th International Conference on Advancing the Life Sciences and Public Health Awareness – ALPHA 2022, which will be held at the MyDome Osaka Convention Center.

ALPHA 2022 is being convened by INTESDA in affiliation with the the Parasitic Disease Research Center, Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand and the Family Medical Co., Ltd., Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

As an added bonus, ALPHA 2022 will coincide with the cherry blossom viewing period around Osaka. In Japanese culture and society, spring is restart of life, and the blooming cherry blossoms is its symbol. It is the perfect time for ‘hanami’ celebrations around the city where cherry blossoms can be viewed and admired. Hanami is an important ritual in Japanese culture dating back hundreds of years. It is customary for people to gather in parks and spread tarps beneath the cherry trees, admiring the splendor of the blossoms, while eating, drinking, singing and enjoying time with family and friends. The most popular spots for hanami get crowded with food and drink stalls, and sometimes there are festivals and events of all kinds. Plus, hanami in Osaka can be enjoyed not only during daytime, but also at night, when the cherry trees are lit up, which makes hanami even more beautiful.

About ALPHA 2022

Only a few months ago, it seemed as though the promising hope of mass vaccinations, such as Pfizer and Moderna, would bring an end to COVID-19.  There is little doubt that this pandemic has infected millions of people in small and large communities in every country, made travel nearly impossible, overwhelmed hospitals, closed schools and destroyed the global economy. Yet despite decreasing infection rates in many places, new variants of this deadly virus continue to pop up and challenge the public health response. Japan, for example, is now in its fourth wave and as with many countries, the public health system is severely strained: staff are overworked, hospital beds and equipment are in short supply.

While the mortality rate for COVID-19 hovers around 2% or lower in most developed countries, the pandemic remains at the forefront of global health concern. It is the top news story and as such it has brought about renewed focus on the need for better public health care, health education and training of health care workers. In Asia and elsewhere in the world, the demand is high for innovative research and creating vaccines to fight communicable and non-communicable diseases. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments, corporations and non-profits have been pouring funding into medical research and education. At the same time, the need to improve access to health care and advance medical technology are in high demand. Most importantly, though it is the recognition of the life or death role that doctors, nurses, health care workers and researchers have in public health. It is paramount that improvements in medical training, education and research are taken since these front-line workers are absolutely vital to both the public health sector and to communities for the next global health crisis.

How can we ensure the equitable and efficient allocation of health-related resources across all Asia to meet basic needs and future health crises?   What role can policy makers play in creating affordable universal health care? How can we close the gap between those who have access to public health and those who do not? What lessons have we learned from COVID-19?

With the theme Raising Public Health Awareness, it is hoped that today’s challenges in health care can be met with viable global solutions.

Submissions of 250 words in English is by Friday, January 14, 2022. Click on the button below to submit your proposal today!

ALPHA 2022 Submission Application

  • Access to Public Health Care in Developing Countries
  • Aging Health Issues in Gerontology and Geriatrics
  • Biotechnology and Biomedical Science
  • Communicable Diseases and Pandemics
  • Community and Family Medicine
  • COVID-19 and Public Health
  • Environmental Science and Health
  • Health Care Systems and Delivery
  • Medical Technology
  • Mental Health
  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Nursing Practice and Education
  • Preventive Health Care and Palliative Care
  • Public Health, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Women’s Health and Maternal Child Health
  • Other Areas of Health Care (Please Specify)


ALPHA 2022 Submission Guidelines

Who Should Attend

ALPHA 2022 will provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, health policy administrators, public health professionals, nurses, social workers, disaster and waste management engineers, humanitarian aid workers, supporters of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and others working, studying or concerned with water and health related issues.

Plan Your Attendance

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Program Committee

  • Takayuki YamadaHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
    Takayuki Yamada
    INTESDA, Japan

    Mr. Yamada is a Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai, where he also served as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. Since 2011, he has organized and led multiple humanitarian and medical aid missions to India, Bhutan and elsewhere to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio and improve access to clean water and sanitation in rural areas. Mr. Yamada is also active in supervising activities and projects with friendship associations in central Japan aimed at strengthening ties with its diverse international community.

  • Michael K. Sasaoka-AlvordHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
    Michael Sasaoka-Alvord
    Executive Director, INTESDA,

    Michael oversees special programs, events and business development for INTESDA, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for sustainable development. Michael spent much of his formative and adolescent years growing up in Japan before returning to the USA where he excelled at San Diego State University and earned degrees in business and Japanese. Owing to his bi-cultural and bilingual heritage, Michael has spent the past twenty-five years working in education and training in Japan, which he now calls home. As a skilled Japanese-English interpreter, he recently worked for NBC during the Tokyo Olympics.

  • Gary SmithHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
    Gary Ryan Smith
    Media and Technology Director, INTESDA,
  • Gary Ryan-Smith is an environmental and wildlife photographer, mountain climber and filmmaker. His current film project is a documentary on the Seven Summits. The filming has deepened his passion and concern for climate change and its affect on the environment. In particular, his work has revealed the long term affects of melting glaciers and polar ice caps. Gary holds degrees in mass communication, media arts and Japanese from Southern Illinois University, USA. His academic interests include environmental studies, ICT and photography.

Review Committee

ALPHA 2022 is an international, peer-reviewed conference. As a general rule, all applicants must use a university or institution registered e-mail address to submit an abstract for evaluation. Please contact the secretariat if you need assistance.

Our review process employs a double-blind review system with instructions and a scoring rubric that assesses a range of areas which are not limited to, but include originality, clarity, organization, methodology, spelling, grammar and suitability for the conference. Accepted abstracts and papers will appear in the official proceedings, which is published in electronic format shortly after the symposium.

Chairs and Speakers


Review Chair
Nathkapach Rattanapitoon, Ph.D.,  Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand

Dr. Rattanapitoon is a leading researcher in the fight against Liver Fluke — a Neglected Tropical Disease, which kills more than 20,000 people each year in Thailand.  He is a faculty member in the Institute of Medicine at Suranaree University of Technology Hospital, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. His research interests include: Parasitology, Epidemiology, Public Health, Bioinformatics, Genetics and Gastroenterology.  He earned his doctoral degree in Biomedical Science, his MSc in Medical Parasitology and BSc in Public Health at Khon Kaen University in Thailand and BSc in Occupational Health at Sukhotai Thammathirath Open University in Thailand.

19-5-2017-photo-3Review Co-Chair 
Soraya Schawanya Rattanapitoon, M.D., FCFP
Institute of Medicine, Suranaree University
of Technology, Thailand

Dr. Soraya Schawanya Rattanapitoon serves as an Associate Professor and is the Chair of the Department Research Unit in the Department of Family Medicine in the Institute of Medicine of Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. She earned her M.D. (General Practice) from the Faculty of Medicine at Khon Kaen University, Thailand. In addition, she holds a Fellowship (FCFP) in Family Medicine from The Royal College of Family Physician of Thailand. Dr. Kaewpitoon has earned multiple certificates from some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the world, including a Certificate in Applied Epidemiology from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand; a Certificate in Global Health: A Biosocial Perspective from Harvard University, USA; and a Certificate in Medical Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA.

Her research interests include, but are not limited to, Epidemiology and Public Health, Global Health, Behavioral Medicine, Epidemiology, Medical Education, Family Medicine, Opisthorchiasis, Preventive Medicine, Health Promotion, Gastroenterology, Cholangiocarcinoma, Health Services Research, Incidence, Public Health, Disease Control and E-Learning for Epidemiology & Statistics.


  • Janita Chau, R.N., B.N., M.Phil., Ph.D., The Nethersole School of Nursing, Assistant Dean (Alumni Affairs), Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Ikuko Sobue, Ph.D., Institute of Biomedical & Health Sciences, Integrated Health Sciences, Hiroshima University, Japan
  • Khaled K. Al Dossari, M.D., Vice Dean for Quality & Development, College of Medicine, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
  • Vorapoj Promasatayaprot, Ph.D. (Health System Development), Faculty of Public Health, Mahasarakham University, Thailand
  • Jun Norkaew, Ph.D.,  Faculty of Public Health, Vongchavalitkul University, Thailand
  • Porntip Nimkuntod, MD (Cardiology), Institute of Medicine, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
  • Nathkapach Rattanapitoon, Ph.D., Faculty of Public Health, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
  • Soraya Schawanya Rattanapitoon, M.D., Institute of Medicine, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand