Daisuke Sakai is currently appointed as an Associate Professor at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Tokai University School of Medicine in Kanagawa, Japan. Dr. Sakai’s clinical interest is in the pathology of degenerative spine disease and management of spinal deformity including adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, adult spinal deformity and functional rehabilitation. He also serves as the head of the intervertebral disc research unit, which studies the biology, and homeostasis of intervertebral disc cells and potential of stem cell therapy for degenerative spine disease.
Dr. Sakai has given over 250 presentations, invited lectures and seminars, in universities, professional societies, international conferences (invited lecturer of 2004, 2010 and 2015 Gordon Research Conference on musculoskeletal biology and bioengineering and cartilage biology and pathology), and government organizations. He has won multiple awards and large national grants but among them, he is the winner of 2014 Research Achievement Award for the Japanese Orthopaedic Association and 2018 Berton Rahn Research Award from the AO Foundation. He serves as the Chair for International Committee of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association and Chair for the International Committee of the Japanese Scoliosis Society. He also serves as co-Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Orthopaedic Research Spine.