Diagnostics: practical training on collagen diseasesEducation for medical intern
As a clinician with researchers’ eyes, we are conducting research that can contribute to practical use for patients based on clinical questions as a rheumatologist. In order to solve the unmet medical needs of autoimmune diseases and autoinflammatory diseases which are regarded as rare intractable diseases, we are looking for fellows who can study together.
MA, MPH, PhD
I earned an MA in anthropology in 1998 with a focus on development anthropology (a discipline within anthropology to apply anthropological perspectives in international development). After earning my MA, I joined Japan’s Network for Women and Health, a Japanese NGO. I was actively engaged in advocacy for sexual and reproductive health and rights. Then, as an MSH-HANDS Iwamura Fellow, I worked for the Advance Africa project, a USAID funded FP/HIV integration project in sub-Saharan Africa based in the US. After the Iwamura fellowship, I spent the next four years in Afghanistan, where I worked with Afghan and international colleagues to rebuild Afghanistan’s healthcare system. In 2010, I obtained an MPH from the University of Washington, and in 2011, I joined the faculty of Nagasaki University. In addition to education activities in Nagasaki and research work, I am also engaged in international cooperation projects, including From 2012 to 2014, I was involved in a JICA Project for Capacity Development in Regional Health Management Phase 2 in Tanzania (2012-2014), a JICA Project for Improvement of Services at Village Health Centers in Rural Host Community of Syrian Refugees (,2016 – 2018), and Maternal, Newborn and Child Health One Stop Service Project (2014-2017) as well as its follow-on, Promotion of Women’s Health throughout the Life Cycle at One Stop Service Site in Zambia (2018-2020)．
I would urge students to set your own personal goals that you aim to achieve in two years in addition to obtaining the degree. Having career goals as well as picturing yourselves in 10 to 15 years will certainly be helpful. Two years pass by quickly. I hope each of you will make the most of the resources of Nagasaki University to achieve your own goals.
Worked before in the Department of Health in the Philippines in the field as a Public Health Manager (PHM). After my PHM stint, I worked as a Project Evaluation Officer as part of the monitoring and evaluation unit/team in the Philippine National AIDS Council Secretariat. After being involved in the field implementation/policy in the Philippines, I shifted towards a more academic field when I took my MPH (with specialization in Health Economics) and my eventual PhD (with specialization in Environmental Epidemiology. Worked as a Post-doctoral researcher in Kyoto University, carrying out research activities related to air pollution and climate change. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor in TMGH and an Honorary Advisor for Climate Action and Policy Making at UNADAP.
Biostatistics; Environmental Epidemiology
My current research field of interest includes the fields of environmental epidemiology and health economics/policy. In environmental epidemiology, I am doing research related to air pollution, temperature (climate change), climate-sensitive diseases (i.e. diarrhea, dengue) and their impact/association to health. I am also doing research in relation to the implications of air pollution/climate policies to environmental exposures and their subsequent impact on health. While for health economics, I do operational research (efficiency) and cost-effectiveness studies.
The world is changing rapidly as we know it. Climate has been changing through the decades, and on top of that we are still living in a world highly dependent on fossil fuel. With this array of environmental challenges, health will be one of the few direct human dimensions whereby there is apparent and substantial negative impact. It is important that we understand the underlying mechanisms and the subsequent risks associated with the environmental exposures, and at the same time package such results/information towards policy-relevant inputs.
We welcome all the aspiring students who wish to do their research in the School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health.
TMGH Master course, Three-month Tropical Medicine course
Population ecology of mosquitoes
Read the literatures related with your interest. Understand the scientific background and specify what has not been done (although it is important). Establish your study question and think of the methods to solve it. Then, 70% of your research is completed. These steps before experiments / field study is very important for your research.
Department of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Institute of Tropical Medicine (NEKKEN), Nagasaki University
I graduated from Kumamoto University Medical School, Japan and then had worked as a pediatrician for 8 years. Following that, I had studied tropical medicine and pediatric infectious diseases in the Master course of Tropical Medicine and in the Doctoral course in Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Nagasaki University. After I received my PhD, I joined the Department of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University as an assistant professor in 2015.
Facilitator of Epidemiology-Statistics Course in School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nagasaki University
Studies on pediatric infectious diseases in Vietnam:
Acute respiratory infections (incidence, viral/bacterial pathogens, risk factors)
Congenital infections (e.g.,rubella, CMV, Zika) and the effect on child development
Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine reduced dosing trial
Please join us if you are interested in our researches on pediatric infectious diseases!
MBBS, MTM, PhD
I received my medical degree from BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS), Nepal in 2005 and then worked for three years in paediatric hospitals in Nepal followed by one year in a refugee camp for Somali and Ethiopian refugees under UNHCR in Djibouti. Between 2010-11, I completed the Master of Tropical Medicine (MTM) programme in the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University and then a PhD in the Department of Clinical Medicine of the same institute between 2011 and 2014. In 2014, I was a Fellow of the Global (Health) Leadership Program at the University of Tokyo and completed an internship at the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. My research interests are infectious diseases, child health and development of new diagnostic assays. In 2014, we established a new diagnostic assay for serotyping the pneumococcus (a major cause of pneumonia). The assay can identify vaccine serotypes easily and conveniently at a relatively low cost and has been applied in studies in Japan, Vietnam and Afghanistan.
At TMGH, I teach master students about essential skills and tropical medicine (clinical bacteriology and molecular diagnostic technique), and organize and facilitate clinical case discussion between the students and doctors in San Lazaro Hospital (Philippians), Bach Mai Hospital (Vietnam) and National Center for Global Health and Medicine (Japan).
Previously I taught advanced paediatric life support (APLS) course to junior medical doctors in Siddhartha Children and Women Hospital, Nepal and child health and management of malnutrition to medical and nursing staffs in Djibouti.
I have studied the distribution of pneumococcal serotypes in hospital admitted children and adults in Japan, Vietnam and Afghanistan with a particular focus on the estimation of pneumococcal vaccine coverage.
After I participated in relief efforts following the earthquake in 2015 in Nepal, we are developing a research collaboration with Siddhi Memorial Hospital, Bhaktapur (http://smf.org.np). The focus is on childhood infectious diseases and malnutrition. We are supporting hospital disease surveillance and have conducted nutritional assessments of children who were displaced by the earthquake and living under temporary shelters.
At TMGH, we are establishing new diagnostic assays for typhoid fever based on real-time PCR and loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP). We plan to evaluate these assays in Nepal and other field sites.
Picture1:Disease surveillance in Siddhi Memorial Hospital, Bhaktapur, Nepal.
Picture 2: Nutritional assessment of children in temporary shelters in Bhaktapur after 2015 earthquake in Nepal.
Clinical infectious diseases, child health and vaccination are some of the inter-related exciting fields of global health.
We have been working in these areas and found that there are lots to discover, learn and contribute on these topics globally.
We hope you will find them interesting and contribute while you study here at TMGH. Welcome!
I’ve been studying and working in public health sector for more than 10 years, with primary focus on applying bio-statistics tools to assess environmental risk by using R software. I received my bachelor’s degree in Medicine, Master’s degree in Science from Peking University, China, and PhD from Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Then I joined National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan in 2016 to participate in the Japan Environment and Children’s Study (JECS) as a research fellow until 2018, and then as a collaborative researcher until now.
“Epidemiology” and “Statistics for Population Health” modules in semester 1 and 3
I’m an environmental epidemiologist with a focus on the health impact of air pollution and climate change. I’ve investigated future trends of PM2.5 and O3 related mortality in China under different emission scenarios for my PhD research. Currently I’ve been working to assess air pollution-related health impact at individual level by applying exposure monitoring sensors. At the same time, I’ve been studying how the changing climate is influencing the seasonal pattern of mortality in 47 countries, including Japan.
Dermatology consultant certified by the Japanese Dermatological Association, Ph.D. in International Health, Master in International Public Health (MIPH), Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H)
【Education / training】
Mar 2004 The Jikei University School of Medicine (MD)
Aug 2008 Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Master in International Public Health (MIPH) (Liverpool, UK)
Sept 2008 All Africa Leprosy, Tuberculosis and Rehabilitation Training Centre (ALERT)
(Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
Aug 2012 The Gorgas Expert Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine (Lima, Peru)
Oct 2012 Internship at the Global Leprosy Programme, World Health Organization (New Delhi, India)
Mar 2013 Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Doctorate Degree in International Health (PhD)
May 2014 Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) (Liverpool, UK)
Apr 2004- Jun 2007 St. Luke’s International Hospital
Nov 2009- Mar 2010 National Sanatorium Amami-Wakoen
Apr 2010-May 2014 Department of Dermatology, National Center for Global Health and Medicine
Jun 2014-Sept 2018 National Suruga Sanatorium
Oct 2018- School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nagasaki University
The field of global health connects you to fascinating people from all over the world. Having a speciality or a focus – even if it seems there is no connection to global health at first – will open up your world.