Dr. Noriaki Aoki's legacy lives on with the establishment of a student scholarship fund

Published January 14, 2014 by Jiajie Zhang, SBMI dean

A message from the dean…

As many are already aware, we lost a brilliant colleague, faculty member and friend on Sunday, January 5, 2014, when Dr. Noriaki “Nori” Aoki passed away at the age of 47.

UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI) is now working with Nori’s friends, former students, collaborators and fellow faculty members to commemorate his life and myriad accomplishments by permanently establishing The Dr. Noriaki Aoki Fund at SBMI. This resource will benefit outstanding graduate students across a broad spectrum of needs, including scholarships, travel costs associated with conferences, practica in the U.S. and abroad, and national and international research projects—as well as other costs associated with a student’s comprehensive educational experience.

We are inviting you to celebrate Nori’s life and work by contributing to a fund that is emblematic of his spirit and mission of service in the field of informatics and clinical practice.

Although other memorials may be held, it is our plan to honor Dr. Aoki at SBMI’s commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 8 at 4 p.m. in the Sarofim Research Building Auditorium.  At that time, we will formally announce the establishment of The Dr. Noriaki Aoki Fund. Our goal is a modest $100,000; however, a larger fund would mean greater impact for our students.

If you prefer to send a check, please note The Dr. Noriaki Aoki Fund at SBMI in the memo section of the check and should you wish to do so, provide one or two of your favorite stories about Nori in a transmittal letter. The check should be made out to UTHealth and directed to: Judy E. Young, UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics, 7000 Fannin, Suite 600, Houston, TX  77030. You may also send your anecdotes about Nori via email to judy.e.young@uth.tmc.edu.  Should you wish to make a contribution via credit card, you may contact Judy Young via phone at 713.500.3901 (work) or at 281.217.9904 (cell).

Please call Judy or me if you have questions, and feel free to forward this material and the announcement below to other friends and colleagues of Dr. Aoki’s who may not be aware of his passing.


Jiajie Zhang, PhD
Dean, UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics



Read the news release: SBMI marks the death of associate professor Noriaki Aoki