Do-Youn Oh

Seoul National University Hospital, Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea

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    ABSTRACT: Olaparib, a poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitor, has been found to have therapeutic potential for treating cancers associated with impaired DNA repair capabilities, particularly those with deficiencies in the homologous recombination repair (HRR) pathway. Histone deacetylases (HDACs) are important for enabling functional HRR of DNA by regulating the expression of HRR-related genes and promoting the accurate assembly of HRR-directed sub-nuclear foci. Thus, HDAC inhibitors have recently emerged as a therapeutic agent for treating cancer by inhibiting DNA repair. Based on this, HDAC inhibition could be predicted to enhance the anti-tumor effect of PARP inhibitors in cancer cells by blocking the HRR pathway. We determined whether suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid (SAHA), a HDAC inhibitor, could enhance the anti-tumor effects of olaparib on breast cancer cell lines using a cytotoxic assay, cell cycle analysis, and Western blotting. We evaluated how exposure to SAHA affects the expression of HRR-associated genes. The accumulation of DNA double strand breaks (DSBs) induced by combination treatment was assessed. Induction of autophagy was monitored by imaging green fluorescent protein-tagged microtubule-associated protein 1A/1B-light chain 3 (LC3) expression following co-treatment with olaparib and SAHA. These in vitro data were validated in vivo using a human breast cancer xenograft model. Triple-negative breast cancer cell (TNBC) lines showed heterogeneous responses to the PARP and HDAC inhibitors. Co-administration of olaparib and SAHA synergistically inhibited the growth of TNBC cells that expressed functional Phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN). This effect was associated with down-regulation of the proliferative signaling pathway, increased apoptotic and autophagic cell death, and accumulation of DNA damage. The combined anti-tumor effect of olaparib and SAHA was also observed in a xenograft model. These data suggest that PTEN expression in TNBC cells can sensitize the cell response to simultaneous inhibition of PARP and HDAC both in vitro and in vivo. Our findings suggest that expression of functional PTEN may serve as a biomarker for selecting TNBC patients that would favorably respond to a combination of olaparib with SAHA. This provides a strong rationale for treating TNBC patients with PTEN expression with a combination therapy consisting of olaparib and SAHA.
    Breast cancer research: BCR 12/2015; 17(1):534. DOI:10.1186/s13058-015-0534-y · 5.88 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In advanced biliary tract cancer (BTC), the metabolic landscape has not been evaluated by (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) yet. Furthermore, reports of the clinical implications of these metabolic features are limited. We aimed to evaluate the metabolic features and their clinical relevance in advanced BTC using (18)F-FDG PET. We consecutively enrolled patients with advanced BTC who underwent (18)F-FDG PET prior to palliative chemotherapy between 2003 and 2013. We evaluated the findings of PET, such as SUVmax, the number of lesions and organs with FDG uptake, pathologic findings, and clinical outcomes. A total of 106 patients were enrolled: (53 intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma [ICC], 7 extrahepatic BTC, 30 gallbladder cancer [GB Ca], and 16 ampulla of Vater cancer [AoV Ca]). The median SUVmax differed according to the primary origin (ICC, 9.10; extrahepatic BTC, 5.90; GB Ca, 9.10; and AoV Ca, 6.37; p = .008) and histologic differentiation (well differentiated, 4.95; moderately differentiated, 6.60; poorly differentiated, 14.50; p = .004). Patients in the high metabolic group (SUVmax of ≥7.5) had more poorly differentiated histology and more organs and lesions with FDG uptake than did those in the low metabolic group (SUVmax of <7.5). The low metabolic group had a significantly longer OS (11.4 vs. 7.4 months, p = .007) and PFS (6.6 vs. 4.3 months, p = .024) than high metabolic group. In multivariate analysis, SUVmax was a significant prognostic factor for overall survival (OS; p = .047) and progression-free survival (PFS; p = .039). Metabolic characteristics of advanced BTC differ according to primary origin and histology. These metabolic features could be prognostic factors for OS and PFS in advanced BTC. Metabolic landscape and its clinical meanings in advanced biliary tract cancer have not been studied yet. This study shows that metabolic characteristics of advanced biliary tract cancer differ significantly according to primary origin and histology. Moreover, this metabolic activity is associated with patients' outcomes, including overall survival and progression-free survival. This study supports tumor heterogeneity in terms of cancer metabolism in biliary tract cancer. ©AlphaMed Press.
    The Oncologist 06/2015; DOI:10.1634/theoncologist.2014-0356 · 4.54 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In advanced gastric cancer (AGC), HER2 is a validated therapeutic target. However, the metabolic landscape of AGC based on HER2 status has not been reported. Furthermore, the prognostic value of HER2 in AGC is under debate. The purpose of this study was to determine the metabolic landscape and prognosis on the basis of HER2 status in AGC. We analyzed 866 AGC patients treated with palliative chemotherapy and whose HER2 status was evaluated. HER2 positivity was defined as HER2 IHC 3+ or HER2/CEP17 ratio ≥2. Among them, 363 patients were evaluated with (18)F FDG-PET before chemotherapy. We analyzed mSUV (maximal standardized uptake value) according to HER2 status and clinical outcomes. Among 866 patients, 225 (26.0 %) had HER2+ GC. The mSUV of HER2+ GC was significantly higher than that of HER2- GC (12.6 vs. 8.7, p < 0.001). Increased HER2 IHC positivity was correlated with increased mSUV (IHC-: 8.1, IHC 1+: 8.2, 2+: 11.4, 3+: 13.2, p < 0.001). Excluding HER2+ patients who received HER2-targeting agents, OS of patients was not different by HER2 status (12.5 vs. 11.9 months, p = 0.688). However, according to tumor metabolism, patients with higher mSUV showed worse OS regardless of HER2 positivity (mSUV < 12.8:14.8, ≥12.8:8.6 months, p < 0.001). Tumor metabolism of AGC adversely influenced OS under treatment with cytotoxic chemotherapy. Tumor metabolism was higher in HER2+ AGC than HER2-. However, HER2 was not a prognostic factor in patients who received chemotherapy without HER2-targeting agents.
    Gastric Cancer 05/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10120-015-0504-1 · 4.83 Impact Factor
  • Cancer Research 05/2015; 75(9 Supplement):P3-12-07-P3-12-07. DOI:10.1158/1538-7445.SABCS14-P3-12-07 · 9.28 Impact Factor
  • Cancer Research 05/2015; 75(9 Supplement):P3-11-15-P3-11-15. DOI:10.1158/1538-7445.SABCS14-P3-11-15 · 9.28 Impact Factor
  • Cancer Research 05/2015; 75(9 Supplement):P3-11-13-P3-11-13. DOI:10.1158/1538-7445.SABCS14-P3-11-13 · 9.28 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This is a phase I/II study of second-line chemotherapy with paclitaxel and irinotecan in fluoropyrimidine- and platinum-pretreated patients with metastatic or recurrent gastric cancer. Phase I part with a standard 3 + 3 dose-escalation design was conducted to define the recommended phase II dose (RP2D) using four predefined dose levels of paclitaxel and irinotecan. The efficacy of RP2D was evaluated in a phase II part. In phase I part, 12 patients were enrolled. Dose-limiting toxicity was not observed. The RP2D was established as level 4 (paclitaxel-135 mg/m(2) and irinotecan-160 mg/m(2), every 3 weeks). In phase II part, 27 patients were enrolled. Thirty patients, including three patients at dose level 4 in the phase I part, were analyzed for efficacy. There was no complete response. Partial response and stable disease were reported in four and 16 patients, respectively (response rate 13.3 %, 95 % CI 0.0-25.5 %; disease control rate 66.6 %, 95 % CI 49.0-83.0 %). The median time to progression and overall survival was 3.0 months (95 % CI 1.8-4.2) and 10.1 months (95 % CI 6.6-13.6), respectively. Grade 3/4 toxicities included neutropenia (2 patients, 7.4 %), thrombocytopenia (1, 3.7 %), neutropenic fever (1, 3.7 %), and diarrhea (1, 3.7 %). There were no treatment-related deaths. The RP2D of the paclitaxel and irinotecan combination is paclitaxel (135 mg/m(2)) and irinotecan (160 mg/m(2)), every 3 weeks. This combination as a second-line treatment for advanced gastric cancer shows tolerable toxicity and modest efficacy.
    Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology 04/2015; 75(6). DOI:10.1007/s00280-015-2732-9 · 2.57 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A causal relationship between diabetes mellitus (DM) and pancreatic cancer (PC) is well established. However, in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer (APC) who receive palliative chemotherapy, the impact of DM on the prognosis of APC is unclear. We retrospectively enrolled APC patients who received palliative chemotherapy between 2003 and 2010. The patients were stratified according to the status of DM, in accordance with 2010 DM criteria (AHA/ADA). DM at least 2 years' duration prior to diagnosis of APC was defined as remote-onset DM (vs recent-onset). Of the 349 APC patients, 183 (52.4%) had DM. Among the patients with DM, 160 patients had DM at the time of diagnosis of APC (remote-onset, 87; recent-onset, 73) and the remaining 23 patients developed DM during treatment of APC. Ultimately, 73.2% (134/183) of patients with DM received antidiabetic medication, including metformin (56 patients, 41.8%), sulfonylurea (62, 45.5%), and insulin (43, 32.1%). In multivariate analysis, cancer extent (HR, 1.792; 95% CI, 1.313-2.445; P<0.001) showed association with decreased overall survival (OS), whereas a diagnosis of DM (HR, 0.788; 95% CI, 0.615-1.009; P=0.059) conferred positive tendency on the OS. Metformin treatment itself conferred better OS in comparison within DM patients (HR 0.693; 95% CI, 0.492-0.977; P=0.036) and even in all APC patients (adjusted HR 0.697; 95% CI, 0.491-1.990; P=0.044). s For APC patients receiving palliative chemotherapy, metformin treatment is associated with longer OS. Patients with DM tend to survive longer than those without DM.
    Cancer Research and Treatment 03/2015; DOI:10.4143/crt.2014.292 · 2.98 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Weight loss during chemotherapy is a significant prognostic factor for poor survival in patients with advanced gastric cancer (AGC). However, in most studies, weight loss was measured at the end of chemotherapy, limiting its clinical use. In this study, we evaluated whether weight loss during the first month of chemotherapy could predict survival outcomes in patients with AGC. We analyzed 719 patients with metastatic or recurrent AGC who were receiving palliative chemotherapy. We calculated the initial body mass index (BMIi), percent weight loss after 1 month of chemotherapy (ΔW 1m), percent weight loss after last administration of chemotherapy (ΔW end), and average weight loss per month during chemotherapy (ΔW/m). We correlated these data with overall survival (OS) by receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) curves and Kaplan-Meier curves, and performed a subgroup analysis using Cox regression. The probabilities of longer OS had stronger correlations with ΔW/m and ΔW 1m than with ΔW end or BMIi. A significant positive correlation between ΔW 1m and ΔW/m (r (2) = 0.591, p < 0.001) was observed. Median OS of patients with ΔW 1m more than 3 % was significantly shorter than in patients with less weight loss (OS: 9.7 vs. 16.3 months, p < 0.001). Subgroup analysis revealed that ΔW 1m accompanied poor survival irrespective of other clinical characteristics. Weight loss at the very first month of palliative chemotherapy could predict unfavorable survival outcomes in AGC.
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    ABSTRACT: OPB-31121 is an oral STAT3 inhibitor with a good preclinical antitumor activity. This phase I dose-escalation study of OPB-31121 was conducted to determine maximum-tolerated dose (MTD), safety, pharmacokinetics, and preliminary antitumor efficacy in patients with advanced solid tumors. Patients received OPB-31121 once daily for 28 days of each cycle followed by two weeks rest. A standard 3+3 design was used for dose-escalation. Safety and response were evaluated by NCI-CTCAE (v3.0) and RECIST (v1.0), respectively. Twenty-five patients were treated with OPB-31121 at five dose levels; 100 mg (n=4); 200 mg (n=3); 400 mg (n=3); 600 mg (n=7); 800 mg (n=8). Seven patients discontinued treatment during Cycle 1 for various reasons other than study drug-related adverse events. Among 18 patients who were evaluable for dose-limiting toxicity (DLT), three DLTs were observed; one DLT (Gr 3 vomiting) at 600 mg, and two DLTs (Gr 3 vomiting, Gr 3 diarrhea) at 800 mg. The MTD was determined as 800 mg/day. Common adverse events (AEs) were gastrointestinal AE including nausea (84%), vomiting (80%), and diarrhea (72%). Pharmacokinetics did not demonstrate dose-proportionality of OPB-31121. Eight patients had stable disease and 10 patients had disease progression. Two patients (one colon cancer, one rectal cancer) showed tumor shrinkage. One gastric cancer patient continued treatment up to Cycle 13 before disease progression. s This study demonstrates feasibility of STAT3 inhibition in patients with advanced solid tumor. OPB-31121, at the MTD of 800 mg/day, was safe and relatively well tolerated, and has a preliminary antitumor activity.
    Cancer Research and Treatment 02/2015; DOI:10.4143/crt.2014.249 · 2.98 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: Chemotherapy plus trastuzumab is standard of care for HER2-positive advanced gastric cancer (AGC). However, not all patients with HER2-positive AGC seem to benefit from trastuzumab. We evaluated the association between treatment outcomes with trastuzumab and HER2-status in patients with HER2-positive AGC. Methods: We enrolled 126 patients with HER2-positive AGC treated with trastuzumab plus chemotherapy in a training cohort. HER2-immunohistochemistry (IHC, N=126), HER2/CEP17 ratio (N=66), and HER2 gene copy number (N=59) were analyzed, and the optimal values for discriminating overall survival (OS) were determined using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis. We validated the findings from the training cohort using an independent validation cohort (N=72). Results: Patients with HER2-IHC 3+ showed significantly longer OS (29 vs. 15.3 months; p=0.025) than patients with IHC ≤ 2+. A HER2/CEP17 ratio of 4.48 was the optimal cutoff for predicting longer OS (26.9 vs. 14.7 months; p=0.027. In subgroup analysis, treatment outcomes of patients with IHC 3+ were not influenced by the level of HER2 gene amplification. However, in patients with IHC ≤ 2+, a HER2/CEP17 ratio more than 3.69 and HER2 gene copy number more than 7.75 were positive predictive factors for better outcomes with trastuzumab-based chemotherapy. These findings were confirmed in both the validation cohort and the combined cohort. Conclusion: HER2-IHC status, HER2/CEP17 ratio, and HER2 gene copy number were correlated with clinical outcomes of trastuzumab-based treatment in HER2-positive AGC. Clinical outcomes of patients with IHC ≤ 2+ were strongly dependent on the HER2/CEP17 ratio and HER2 gene copy number. Copyright © 2015, American Association for Cancer Research.
    Clinical Cancer Research 02/2015; 21(11). DOI:10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-14-2659 · 8.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: CKD-516 is a newly developed vascular disrupting agent. This phase I dose-escalation study of CKD-516 was conducted to determine maximum-tolerated dose (MTD), safety, pharmacokinetics, and preliminary antitumor efficacy in patients with advanced solid tumors. Patients received CKD-516 intravenously on D1 and D8 every three weeks, in a standard 3+3 design. Safety was evaluated by National Cancer Institute Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events ver. 4.02 and response was assessed by Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumor ver. 1.1. Twenty-three patients were treated with CKD-516 at seven dosing levels: 1 mg/m2/day (n=3), 2 mg/m2/day (n=3), 3.3 mg/m2/day (n=3), 5 mg/m2/day (n=3), 7 mg/m2/day (n=3), 9 mg/m2/day (n=6), and 12 mg/m2/day (n=2). Mean age was 54 and 56.5% of patients were male. Two dose-limiting toxicities, which were both grade 3 hypertension, were observed in two patients at 12 mg/m2/day. The MTD was determined as 12 mg/m2/day. Most common adverse events were gastrointestinal adverse events (diarrhea, 34.8% [30.4% grade 1/2, 13.0% grade 3]; nausea, 21.7% [all grade 1/2]; vomiting, 21.7% [all grade 1/2]), myalgia (17.4%, all grade 1/2), and abdominal pain (21.7% [21.7% grade 1/2, 4.3% grade 3]). The pharmacokinetic study showed the dose-linearity of all dosing levels. Among 23 patients, six patients (26.1%) showed stable disease. Median progression-free survival was 39 days (95% confidence interval, 37 to 41). This study demonstrates feasibility of CKD-516, novel vascular disrupting agent, in patients with advanced solid tumor. MTD of CKD-516 was defined as 12 mg/m2/day on D1 and D8 every three weeks.
    Cancer Research and Treatment 02/2015; DOI:10.4143/crt.2014.258 · 2.98 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This phase I trial evaluated the question of whether the standard starting dose of axitinib could be administered in combination with therapeutic doses of cisplatin/capecitabine in patients with previously untreated advanced gastric cancer, and assessed overall safety, pharmacokinetics, and preliminary antitumor activity of this combination. Patients in dose level (DL) 1 received axitinib 5 mg twice a day (days 1 to 21) with cisplatin 80 mg/m2 (day 1) and capecitabine 1,000 mg/m2 twice a day (days 1 to 14) in 21-day cycles. Maximum tolerated dose (MTD) was the highest dose at which ≤ 30% of the first 12 patients experienced a dose-limiting toxicity (DLT) during cycle 1. Ten additional patients were enrolled and treated at the MTD in order to obtain additional safety and pharmacokinetic data. Three DLTs occurred during cycle 1 in three (25%) of the first 12 patients: ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm, acute renal failure, and > 5 consecutive days of missed axitinib due to thrombocytopenia. DL1 was established as the MTD, since higher DL cohorts were not planned. Common grade 3/4 non-hematologic adverse events in 22 patients treated at DL1 included hypertension (36.4%) and decreased appetite and stomatitis (18.2% each). Cisplatin/capecitabine slightly increased axitinib exposure; axitinib decreased capecitabine and 5-fluorouracil exposure. Eight patients (36.4%) each had partial response or stable disease. Median response duration was 9.1 months; median progression-free survival was 3.8 months. In patients with advanced gastric cancer, standard doses of axitinib plus therapeutic doses of cisplatin and capecitabine could be administered in combination. Adverse events were manageable.
    Cancer Research and Treatment 02/2015; DOI:10.4143/crt.2014.225 · 2.98 Impact Factor
  • Journal of the Korean Medical Association 01/2015; 58(3):209. DOI:10.5124/jkma.2015.58.3.209 · 0.18 Impact Factor
  • Radiotherapy and Oncology 12/2014; 111:S46. DOI:10.1016/S0167-8140(15)31292-5 · 4.86 Impact Factor
  • Radiotherapy and Oncology 12/2014; 111:S26. DOI:10.1016/S0167-8140(15)31238-X · 4.86 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background The aim of this study was to examine the efficacy and safety of everolimus in patients with progressive unresectable adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC). Methods Histologically confirmed ACC patients with documented disease progression within 12 months prior to the study entry were eligible. Everolimus was given at a dose of 10 mg daily until progression or occurrence of unacceptable toxicities. The primary endpoint was a 4-month progression-free survival (PFS). Results A total of 34 patients were enrolled. The 4-month PFS probability was 65.5% (95% one-sided confidence interval [CI], 47.7 to infinity). Median PFS duration was 11.2 months (95% CI, 3.6 to 15.8). Complete or partial response was not achieved. Twenty-seven (79.4%, 95% CI, 63.2 to 89.6) patients showed stable disease (SD). Tumor shrinkage within SD criteria was observed in 15 patients (44.1%) and SD lasting 6 months was observed in 13 patients (38.2%). Four patients had disease progression. Among the 18 patients with both pre- and post-treatment (at 8 weeks) FDG-PET scans available, 8 patients (44.4%) showed a partial metabolic response, defined as a ≥25% reduction in maximum standardized uptake values (SUVmax). The most common adverse events were stomatitis, anemia, asthenia, and leukopenia. No unexpected everolimus related toxicities were reported. Conclusions Everolimus showed promising efficacy and good tolerability in progressive unresectable ACC. Trial registration identifier, NCT01152840
    BMC Cancer 11/2014; 14(1):795. DOI:10.1186/1471-2407-14-795 · 3.32 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Overexpression of cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2) is thought to promote survival of transformed cells. Transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) exerts anti-proliferative effects on a broad range of epithelial cells. In the current study, we investigated whether TGF-β can regulate COX-2 expression in A549 human lung adenocarcinoma cells, which are TGF-β-responsive and overexpress COX-2. Western blotting, Northern blotting, and mRNA stability assays were performed to demonstrate that COX-2 protein and mRNA expression were suppressed by TGF-β. We also evaluated the effects of tristetraprolin (TTP) on COX-2 mRNA using RNA interference. We demonstrated that COX-2 mRNA and protein expression were both significantly suppressed by TGF-β. An actinomycin D chase experiment demonstrated that COX-2 mRNA was more rapidly degraded in the presence of TGF-β, suggesting that TGF-β-induced inhibition of COX-2 expression is achieved via decreased mRNA stability. We also found that TGF-β rapidly and transiently induced the expression of TTP, a well-known mRNA destabilizing factor, before suppression of COX-2 mRNA expression was observed. Using RNA interference, we confirmed that increased TTP levels play a pivotal role in the destabilization of COX-2 mRNA by TGF-β. Furthermore, we showed that Smad3 is essential to TTP-dependent down-regulation of COX-2 expression in response to TGF-β. The results of this study show that TGF-β down-regulated COX-2 expression via mRNA destabilization mediated by Smad3/TTP in A549 cells.
    Cancer Research and Treatment 10/2014; 47(1). DOI:10.4143/crt.2013.192 · 2.98 Impact Factor
  • Cancer Research 10/2014; 74(19 Supplement):747-747. DOI:10.1158/1538-7445.AM2014-747 · 9.28 Impact Factor

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  • 2005–2015
    • Seoul National University Hospital
      • Department of Internal Medicine
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2007–2014
    • Cancer Research Institute
      New York, New York, United States
    • Hanyang University
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2003–2014
    • Seoul National University
      • • Department of Internal Medicine
      • • College of Medicine
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2005–2013
    • Sungkyunkwan University
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2011–2012
    • Yeungnam University
      • School of Biotechnology
      Gyeongsan, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
    • Asan Medical Center
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2006–2012
    • Samsung Medical Center
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
    • Sacred Heart Hospital, Chicago
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • 2003–2011
    • CHA University
      • • School of Medicine
      • • College of Medicine
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2008
    • The Seoul Institute
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
    • Hallym University
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2004
    • Kyung Hee University
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
    • Inje University
      Kŭmhae, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea