Discovering my own interests and abilities for the future
by engaging in cutting-edge research and the latest theories in Japan
to provide the highest level of care to patients

Disability Sciences
臨床障害学分野 在校生
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Current Student
曾 文
Zeng Wen
School year:2nd year, Doctoral Course
Country:Sichuan, China

曾 文


Feeling the need for lifetime learning in dedicating myself to healthcare



●Please tell us why you decided to go to graduate school.

I feel that there is a need for lifetime learning as a person who will from now be dedicated to healthcare, and I decided to go on to the graduate school in order to improve my ability in a specialized field. By moving on to the graduate school, you will be exposed to more advanced research and the latest theories as well as opportunities for all sorts of learning. You will also be able to get to know outstanding students and teachers. Through interactions and discussions with your fellow students who are all studying earnestly it has been possible to promote your growth and studies. Furthermore, receive guidance and advice from outstanding teachers and mentors to help you develop a deeper understanding and skills. I thought that my graduate studies would facilitate my growth and evolution in my career and professional field. I believe that lifetime learning is necessary in order to renew knowledge about occupational ethics and the latest medical technology as a medical professional, as well as to provide patients with the highest level of care.



●How did you feel about going to school?

I think that I made the right choice. I have been blessed with opportunities to learn a lot and grow as a person. I struggled initially as the learning methods and the style of classes in Japan is much different from in China, I couldn’t find a learning method that suited me and was unable to keep up with the pace. However, gaining the assistance of my senior students and teachers I gradually became accustomed to my new learning environment and was able to find my own interests and abilities, and was able to polish up my specialist skills. I gradually became aware of what I wanted to research, found a specific research topic, and explored our research plan. There were some difficult times, but they have served as precious opportunities for personal growth. I have also gained the chance to think about my own career and the direction of my life, and this connects with my confidence and hopes for the future. 


Learning from failures with earnest fellow students, and making repeated challenges 



●What is your research topic and why did you choose it?

The research theme that I am currently working on is “Longitudinal research into the mechanical characteristics of the walking sticks used prior to and after total knee replacement (TKR) in osteoarthritis patients.”  I have an ongoing interest in exercise, and am deeply interested in research into muscles and movement analysis. During my master’s course I participated in the movement analysis group, and completed my master’s thesis. Upon continuing to my doctoral degree I chose to further deepen my research in the field of movement analysis, and set osteoarthritis patients as my research target.

Osteoarthritis is condition frequently observed in elderly people, and in some cases it can obstruct their daily lives. The objective of this research is to elucidate the mechanical characteristics of the walking sticks that these patients use prior to and after TKR. By analyzing the characteristics of walking sticks we may become able to understand the roles of walking sticks during walking, and contribute to an understanding of their impact upon walking, the selection of walking assistance equipment, and the development of new walking sticks. Thoroughly understanding TKR and evaluating its social impact and burden will be helpful in improving the QoL of the elderly.



●What was the atmosphere like in the lab?

The members of the laboratory are cooperative, and communication is open. We help each other, and place an emphasis on sharing ideas and knowledge with each other. There is a high level of enthusiasm and motivation about research projects, the members approach them together and encourage each other to obtain results. Seminars are regularly held at the laboratory and we are provided with opportunities to acquire new knowledge. We are also encouraged to learn from failures and take on challenges, and as a result of this the individual members grow as people and the laboratory as a whole makes progress. The learning opportunities are abundant and the cooperation and growth of members are prioritized.


Widening perspectives and improving creativity through ample interaction with other fields



● What is the best thing about Tohoku University?

The School of Medicine of Tohoku University is famed around the world, and boasts a superb education program and research facilities. As Tohoku University is a comprehensive university, medical students can have plenty of opportunities to intermingle with students from various research fields such as engineering and social sciences. It is possible to learn a great deal about fields other than one’s own sphere of specialization. This interaction across different fields not only gives you new perspectives and ideas, but also positive possibilities concerning future careers. By acquiring knowledge and skills in different fields one can maintain a broader perspective and one’s problem-solving abilities and creativity are improved. Furthermore, Tohoku University is promoting international diversity and attracts outstanding students and researchers from around the world. This enables interaction with people from different cultures and backgrounds, and the broadening of global perspectives. 



●What are your goals and aspirations for the future?

I am currently soliciting for test subjects and working on collecting data. On the third year of my doctoral course I am aiming to smoothly complete my doctoral thesis and graduate. I hope to pursue a career in research that is related to rehabilitation, and my aim is to maximize the knowledge and skills that I have equipped myself with over my doctoral course and contribute to society. 


Striving to study in Japan, another Asian country that boasts the most advanced medical technologies



●Why did you choose Tohoku University in Japan?

I had been thinking about studying in Japan since my undergraduate days. The medical technologies of Japan are among the most advanced in the world, and I thought that I would be suited to studying in Japan as the Japanese and Chinee have a similar Asian culture. I learned about Tohoku University during the period for applying to schools. Tohoku University is a world-class university and it had a laboratory just right for my subject of study. I decided that I wanted to study at an excellent university like this and worked hard towards gaining admission. Although I have had many difficulties due to my lack of specialized knowledge, I am truly grateful for having gained the meticulous instruction of Professors Shinichi Izumi and Satoru Ebihara. Professor Ebihara taught me a profound phrase, “Ningen Banji Saio ga Uma,” which means that life is full of unexpected twists and turns and nobody knows which is good or bad.” 



●How is your life in Sendai?

I love Miyagi Prefecture. You can enjoy the cherry blossoms at Ogawara in the spring and play on the Matsushima coast in the summer. The gingko trees in Omachi Nishi Park are beautiful in the autumn, and you can have fun skiing in the snowy mountains during the winter. There are beautiful landscapes for each season. The city of Sendai is surrounded by trees and has a calm and comfortable atmosphere.



My hobby is using my free time to go out and fid good places to eat. It’s fun to find delicious restaurants and I enjoy chatting with friends over a meal. This is one of the ways I use to let off steam. There are many splendid restaurants near the Seiryo Campus. Among these my favorite is a Japanese restaurant called “Utsumi.” The manager is really kind and the food is absolutely delicious.


Disability Sciences
臨床障害学分野 在校生
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Current Student
曾 文
Zeng Wen

中国四川省出身。2020年ハルビン医科大学(中国ハルビン)リハビリテーション治療専攻を卒業。2021年4月に東北大学大学院医学系研究科障害科学専攻 肢体不自由学分野の修士課程に入学。2023年4月東北大学大学院医学系研究科障害科学専攻 臨床障害学分野の博士後期課程に進学。

I was born in Sichuan, China. I graduated from Harbin Medical University (Harbin, China) in 2020, majoring in rehabilitation therapy. In April 2021 I entered the Master's course at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Disability Sciences Major, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, and went on to the doctoral course at the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Disability Sciences Major, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine in April 2023.