Dr. Ito is a physician in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, currently practicing Internal Medicine in Tokushukai Hospital in Japan. He has more than 40 years of academic and industrial experience. Dr. Ito received it M.D. and Ph.D. from the School of Medicine in Hokkaido University in Japan. During his visit to US between 1980 and 1990, he completed multiple residency and fellowship in Internal Medicine, Nephrology and Clinical Nutrition in universities and hospitals and was appointed as assistant professor in biochemical genetics & metabolism in Rockefeller University in New York City. Since returning to Japan, Dr. Ito has served several senior positions in global pharmaceutical companies including VP and Head of R&D in Amgen Japan and Senior Medical Advisor in AstraZeneca Japan. He is currently the co-chair of MBSR study group and also an active member in Japanese Mindfulness Association, Japanese Diabetes Society, Japanese Society of Geriatrics, Japanese Society of Internal Medicine, and American Society for Clinical Nutrition.