Akira Matsumori Immediate Past President and Chairperson Scientific Advisory Board of the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology Akira Matsumori, M.D., Ph.D. received his M.D. degree from Kyoto University School of Medicine, and a Ph.D. degree from Graduate School, Kyoto University, Japan. Dr. Matsumori is Immediate Past President, and Chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology (APSC), Founder and Past President of the International Society of Cardiomyopathies and Heart Failure, a member of the Scientific and Policy Initiative Committee of the World Heart Federation (WHF) and Governor, International Society of Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy. He served as Secretary of the WHF and he has also been an instructor and visiting professor at the Harvard Medical School. He is visiting professor at Harbin Medical University. Dr. Matsumori is an editorial board member of the Journal of Cardiac Failure, Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy, and Nature Reviews Cardiology. In 1996, Dr. Matsumori received the Japan Heart Foundation’s Sato Award for his clinical and basic research on cardiomyopathy, and he received the Mochida Memorial Prize in 1990. Dr. Matsumori’s research interests include pathogenesis, biomarkers, and therapy of heart failure, cardiomyopathies and myocarditis, and the roles of cytokines, immunity, and inflammation in cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Matsumori published 220 original articles, 55 reviews, and 28 book chapters in English.