Ulsan, South Korea
Ulsan, South Korea

The University of Ulsan was founded on February 19, 1969 as the Ulsan Institute of Technology. The University was promoted to a full-fledged University on March 1, 1985. The university is located in Mugeo-dong, Ulsan, South Korea. The University currently has approximately 10,500 students enrolled.The city of Ulsan has been recognized as the Korean city which was built around the corporate base of the multinational Hyundai conglomerate. Thus, the Hyundai Conglomerate announced its plan to give 40 billion won to assist a variety of university-industry cooperation projects.This corporate relationship has helped turn the University into one of South Korea's top rated institutions for graduate job placement, as well as increasing its reputation more broadly as one of the top private universities outside of Seoul. Wikipedia.

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News Article | February 24, 2017
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In what’s surely to be one of cultural highlights of the year, world-renowned pianists Tong-Il Han and Helen Lee have been lined up to perform two spectacular classical concerts in Florida. Playing host to the events, which take place on Saturday March 4th at 7pm, and Sunday March 5th, at 3pm, is The Chopin Project® with performances to be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota. It looks certain to be a full house with the concerts’ producer already witnessing demand from local music lovers and aficionados right across the State. Beginning with an all-Chopin solo piano recital by Han on the 4th, and concluding when Han is joined by his wife Helen, for a performance of an all-Schubert programme on the 5th, the weekend event will provide the public with an increasingly rare chance to hear Han, now 75 years old, play some of the most beautiful music ever composed for the piano. Han, a former child prodigy, Juilliard scholar, Leventritt prize winner (probably the most prestigious international competition for classical pianists) and White House pianist for President and Mrs. Kennedy, together with Lee, herself an eminent pianist and educator, was persuaded to perform once again by Frederick Slutsky, the brains behind The Chopin Project®. The Chopin Project®, a global community sharing information, educational, audio and video resources, and producing live concerts and outreach events, focused on the great composer’s works, makes Chopin’s music more accessible to listeners and music students worldwide. And, when Slutsky found out that such celebrated musicians lived nearby, he began working on a series of ideas that has culminated in the scheduled performances as well as a separate student outreach event at Sarasota’s Booker High School on Monday, March 6th where there’ll be a master class, performance and student question and answer session. Slutsky explains: “Han is a compelling figure in my life so I’m really excited that I and others are going to be able to hear him play in such an intimate venue. Not only am I fascinated by his background – being born in what is now North Korea, discovered by a 3-star American General and brought to the US at just 12, before winning his scholarship and then the Leventritt Prize at just 23 – but he is also responsible for some of the best Chopin recordings including his 24 Preludes 4 Ballades and 4 Scherzos.” “Getting to know Han, and his wife Helen, has been a real privilege and I just know that the two concerts we have lined up will be a real treat for those equally as passionate about the music as me. I’m sure the events will captivate everyone who attends from the casual fan, to fledgling music student, or even the most deeply committed Chopin or Schubert scholar. And I hope to be announcing more good news soon as Han and Helen are very interested in some larger outreach events that I’m currently working to produce.” Chopin Project® founder and producer, Slutsky, concludes: “Largely designed as a way to inspire and move the next generation of musicians and concert-goers – the main thrust of our stimulating outreach programs with voluntary associations, conservatory-trained musicians and local schools – these two concerts are being subsidised generously by local business clients, friends, and Chopin Project® patrons, so that students from Sarasota or Manatee County can attend both events free of charge together with one accompanying parent who will also benefit from free admission.” Anyone wanting tickets for these two exceptional Chopin Project® concerts, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, on the 4th and 5th of March, can click here to buy them online or call (800) 838-3006 to speak to a sales agent. Admission costs $30 for adults. Although now winding down commitments after a life of playing, recording and teaching all over the world, Tong-Il Han enjoys an enviable reputation. Not only is his personal story inspirational, but his list of musical credits is almost unparalleled. He has performed with the finest orchestras in the world, among them, in America, the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, and Detroit Symphony. He has also played with the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Scottish National Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Monte Carlo Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Polish Radio National Orchestra, Budapest Radio Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Russian National Symphony, among many, many others. In a career spanning well over 50 years, Han has been a prolific recording artist, appeared regularly at many classical summer festivals and worked to improve the talents of young musicians: something he still enjoys doing with local students. He has taught music at Indiana University, Illinois State University, the University of North Texas and Boston University. He also served first as Dean of the College of Music and then as Chair Professor of Music at University of Ulsan in South Korea, as well as Guest Professor at Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima, Japan, and he has also taught at Korea’s Suncheon University. He now judges piano competitions worldwide. Helen Lee has studied piano performance with renowned musicians such as Leon Fleisher, Steven Bishop Kovachevich, James Tocco, Michel Block, Pamela Paul, and Vladimir Viardo. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University, studying under a full scholarship, and her Master of Music from the University of North Texas, with a Teaching Fellowship. Her concert career covers cities in the USA, Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Singapore and Mexico, including as a guest soloist with the Seoul Juenesse Orchestra, the University of North Texas Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and Daegu Philharmonic Orchestra. Lee taught as the National Institute of Education in Singapore for 14 years, and Nanyang Technological University for 5 years before her return to Korea in 2009, where she taught at Gwangju University. In addition to her musical career, she is also an award-winning artist having won an international painting competition in 2005 and having had her works shown all over the world. For more information, please visit http://www.chopinproject.com/

PubMed | University of Ulsan
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Hip & pelvis | Year: 2017

In 1960s, toxic heart failure due to cobalt poisoning was firstly reported from Canadian industrial worker. Following development of bearing materials in hip arthroplasties, using cobalt-chrome alloy in bearing surface, there were rarely reported of systemic affect toxic cobaltism include toxic heart failure due to articulation wear in Western countries. It could be happened more easily by third body wear from ceramic particle especially revision total hip replacement (THR) surgery using cobalt-chrome alloy following ceramic articulation breakage which index surgery performed by ceramic on ceramic bearing. In Korea, due to many surgeons prefer ceramic on ceramic bearing in THR compared to Western countries, it might be more important issue within a time. However in our knowledge, there was no previous report about cobalt poisoning heart failure in Korea. It is still very rare and hard to diagnose cobalt intoxication heart failure after THR, so we report a case of fatal heart failure caused by cobalt intoxication after revision THR in 53-year old man who successfully underwent re-revision THR.

Current recommendations suggest that family members should participate in the care of children receiving in-hospital I metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) therapy for neuroblastoma. The present study aimed to measure the external radiation exposure and estimate the internal radiation exposure of caregivers during the hospital stay for I MIBG therapy.Caregivers received radiation safety instructions and a potassium iodide solution for thyroid blockade before patient admission. External radiation exposure was determined using a personal pocket dosimeter. Serial 24-hour urine samples were collected from caregivers during the hospital stay. Estimated internal radiation exposure was calculated based on the urine activity.Twelve cases (mean age, 6.2 3.5 years; range, 2-13 years) were enrolled. The mean administered activity was 233.3 74.9 (range, 150.0-350.0) mCi. The mean external radiation dose was 5.8 7.2 (range, 0.8-19.9) mSv. Caregivers of children older than 4 years had significantly less external radiation exposure than those of children younger than 4 years (1.9 1.0 vs 16.4 5.0 mSv; P = 0.012). The mean estimated internal radiation dose was 11.3 10.2 (range, 1.0-29.8) Sv.Caregivers receive both external and internal radiation exposure while providing in-hospital care to children receiving I MIBG therapy for neuroblastoma. However, the internal radiation exposure was negligible compared with the external radiation exposure.

PubMed | Asan Institute for Life science, University of Ulsan and Konkuk University
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Annals of allergy, asthma & immunology : official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology | Year: 2017

Progranulin, a protein secreted from the airway epithelium, is known to attenuate the downstream cascade of neutrophilic inflammation in particular. We hypothesized that progranulin may have a role in inflammatory regulation in asthma.To investigate the association between serum progranulin levels and various clinical features in patients with asthma.Serum samples and clinical data of 475 patients with asthma and 35 healthy controls at a tertiary referral hospital and its affiliated health promotion center were collected. Serum progranulin levels were compared between patients with asthma and healthy controls and then were compared within the patients with asthma in terms of pulmonary function and measures of inflammatory status. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to identify factors associated with severity of asthma.Serum progranulin levels were significantly lower in the asthma group than in healthy group and were positively correlated with prebronchodilator forced expiratory volume in 1 second predicted within patients with asthma. We found a negative correlation between serum progranulin levels and blood neutrophil counts. Multivariate analysis revealed that higher serum progranulin levels were associated with a lower risk of severe asthma (odds ratio, 0.888; 95% confidence interval, 0.846-0.932; P < .001) after adjustment for other variables, such as age, sex, smoking status, blood neutrophil count, and current use of systemic corticosteroids.Although the exact mechanism of the anti-inflammatory action of progranulin remains unknown, we suggest that serum progranulin may be an indicator of severe asthma with airflow limitation. Future studies with comprehensive airway sampling strategies are warranted to clarify its role, particularly in neutrophilic asthma.

PubMed | University of Ulsan, National Cancer Center and Seoul National University
Type: | Journal: FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology | Year: 2017

Membrane proteins sense extracellular cues and transduce intracellular signaling to coordinate directionality and speed during cellular migration. They are often localized to specific regions, as with lipid rafts or tetraspanin-enriched microdomains; however, the dynamic interactions of tetraspanins with diverse receptors within tetraspanin-enriched microdomains on cellular surfaces remain largely unexplored. Here, we investigated effects of tetraspan(in) TM4SF5 (transmembrane 4 L six family member 5)-enriched microdomains (T

PubMed | University of Ulsan
Type: | Journal: European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery | Year: 2017

Extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation can be used as a rescue strategy in cases of prolonged cardiac arrest caused by massive pulmonary embolism. We present a case of a male patient who was in prolonged cardiac arrest following massive pulmonary embolism. Veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation was initiated approximately 93min after prolonged cardiopulmonary resuscitation. After resuscitation, bedside echocardiography and a chest computed tomography angiogram revealed a massive pulmonary embolism during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support. The patient received transcatheter mechanical thrombectomy without haemodynamic instability in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support. He was also treated with therapeutic hypothermia to improve neurological outcome. Renal replacement therapy for acute kidney injury was continued for 36 days. The patient was discharged at 60 days after admission with no serious complications. This case demonstrates that veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and therapeutic hypothermia are an effective treatment strategy for prolonged cardiac arrest caused by massive pulmonary embolism.

PubMed | University of Ulsan
Type: | Journal: Clinical nuclear medicine | Year: 2017

Salivary gland carcinoma (SGC) is rare tumor with various histological type and metastatic potential. Pretreatment detection of metastases can contribute to planning the appropriate treatment of SGC. Therefore, the present study evaluated the utility of F-FDG PET/CT versus contrast-enhanced CT for detection of metastases and prediction of outcomes in SGC patients.Sixty-seven consecutive SGC patients who were prospectively evaluated by F-FDG PET/CT and contrast-enhanced CT and subsequently underwent surgery with or without postoperative radiotherapy/chemoradiotherapy were included. The diagnostic values of both imaging modalities for detection of metastatic diseases were compared with McNemar test and logistic regression using generalized estimating equations. Cox proportional hazard modeling was used to assess the prognostic values of the quantitative metabolic measurements detected by F-FDG PET/CT and of other clinical factors.Among 67 SGC patients, 17 (25.4%) had cervical metastasis, and 4 (6%) had distant metastasis at initial staging. The sensitivity of F-FDG PET/CT for detection of cervical metastasis was significantly higher than those of CT (P < 0.05), and those of F-FDG PET/CT and CT for detection of distant metastasis did not differ (P > 0.5). Regional and distant site metastases were most reliably predicted by high-grade pathological analysis (P < 0.05). Extranodal extension and metabolic tumor volume measured by F-FDG PET/CT were independent predictors of progression-free survival and overall survival (all P < 0.05).In SGC patients, F-FDG PET/CT detected metastatic diseases with high sensitivity and specificity, and metabolic tumor volumes helped to predict survival outcomes.

The physiological changes associated with pregnancy may predispose pregnant women to pulmonary edema. Other known causes of pulmonary edema during pregnancy include tocolytic drugs, preeclampsia, eclampsia, and peripartum cardiomyopathy.We describe a rare case of pulmonary edema caused by takotsubo cardiomyopathy in a pregnant woman at 14 weeks of gestation who was undergoing emergency transvaginal cervical cerclage.Intraoperative chest radiography revealed severe pulmonary edema and echocardiography indicated moderate left ventricular dysfunction with akinesia of the mid to apical left ventricular wall segment, which is reflective of takotsubo cardiomyopathy.With early detection and appropriate management, the patient was stabilized in a relatively short period of time. Based on her clinical signs and symptoms, we suspect that the pulmonary edema was caused by takotsubo cardiomyopathy.

PubMed | University of Ulsan
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Medicine | Year: 2017

Preservation of adequate perfusion pressures to the graft is a main focus of intraoperative management during kidney transplantation. We undertook this study to investigate the incidence of the higher use of inotropes in kidney transplant recipients and identify the patient outcomes and preoperative and intraoperative variables related to this.We retrospectively analyzed 1053 patients who underwent kidney transplantation at Asan Medical Center between January 2006 and February 2012, stratified by their inotropic score ([dopamine]+[dobutamine]+[epinephrine100]+[norepinephrine100]) <7 versus 7, wherein all doses are expressed as g/kg/min. We evaluated preoperative characteristics, hemodynamic parameters, and intraoperative variables as well as postoperative outcomes, such as length of hospital stay and 1-year rejection and mortality rate.Receiver-operating characteristic analysis was performed to determine inotropic score to predict 1-year mortality. An inotropic score of 7 had the best combined sensitivity and specificity. An inotropic score 7 (137 patients, 13.0%) was significantly more prevalent in older patients, those with polycystic kidney disease, and at a 2nd transplant. Anesthesia time, the amounts of crystalloid and 5% albumin infused, and the need for red blood cell transfusion were significantly higher in the inotropic score 7 group. The patients with a higher use of inotropes required longer postoperative hospital stay and experienced a >2-fold higher rejection within the 1st year and a 4-fold higher 1-year mortality rate.A higher use of inotropes in kidney transplant recipients is more prevalent in older patients, those with a 2nd transplant and in patients with polycystic kidney disease as their primary renal disease. The postoperative hospital stay, rejection within the 1st year, and 1-year mortality rate are increased in patients with an inotropic score 7.

PubMed | University of Ulsan
Type: | Journal: American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons | Year: 2017

The large volume of adult living donor liver transplantations (ALDLTs) at our center affords a unique opportunity to examine the impact of acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) among high-MELD score patients. From February 1998 to March 2010, 1958 cirrhotic recipients were analyzed to study the relationship between MELD scores and ALDLT outcomes. A total of 327 high-MELD score recipients were categorized into ACLF and non-ACLF groups, and their outcomes were compared. The five-year graft and patient survival in the high MELD group were 75.2% and 76.4%, respectively, which were significantly worse than the low and intermediate MELD groups. The presence of ACLF associated with higher MELD scores appeared to be the dominant factor responsible for the inferior results of patients with MELD score of 30~34 points. The five-year graft survivals in the ACLF group was 70.5% and in the non-ACLF group 81.0% (P = 0.035). Therefore, ALDLT should be performed as soon as possible in high-MELD score patients prior to ACLF development. Moreover, ACLF patients should be separately categorized when analyzing the outcomes of ALDLT. ALDLT for ACLF patients should not be discouraged because favorable outcomes can be expected through timely ALDLT and comprehensive management. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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