PhD (Pharmacy), Pharmacist
I was educated at Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Tokyo, and gradated in 1980. I joined Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Tokyo as assistant professor (1980 – 1983), and moved to Department of Parasitology, Juntendo University, School of Medicine (1983). Later, I was promoted to lecturer (1987-1990). Then, promoted to associate professor of Department of Parasitology, The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo (1991-1998). In 1998, I was appointed as Professor Department of Biomedical Chemistry, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo and retired in 2016. In 2015, I was appointed as Dean of TMGH by cross-appointment system between The University of Tokyo and Nagasaki University.
Giving lectures (Biochemistry of metabolism, Drug development and Molecular Parasitology) in Nagasaki University and other Universities.
Biochemistry of metabolism of pathogens and drug development.
Japan, Central and South America, Southeast Asia, Africa, USA and Europe.
Contribution from basic research in Japan to the health and wellfare of the people in the world.
Department of Public Health, Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Tropical medicine generally concerns developing countries and the problems of community health and disease. In the class, we also cover the basic concepts of public health, policies and measures. In the process of “health transition”, many developing countries have an aging population with a growing number of patients exhibiting heart/cerebrovascular disease and malignant tumors, while traditional infectious diseases are yet to be overcome. In Japan, on the other hand, deaths from infectious diseases have declined, while non-infectious diseases such as heart/cerebrovascular diseases and malignant tumors account for 60% of deaths. We study Japan’s past public health policies and current and future public health measures so as to draw lessons for application to developing countries.
M.D.(Japan), DTM&H (London), MSc Clinical Tropical Medicine (London), PhD (U.K.)
I had my residency training in internal medicine in Tokyo, 1986-1988. From those days I was interested in working in Africa, which let me do DTMH in London, followed by a post-graduate clinical training in Harare Central Hospital, Zimbabwe, 1989 where I encountered my life work, AIDS. My master project on HIV viral load at LSHTM in 1990 was very successful that I was offered a job as a clinical research fellow at the Jefferiss Wing, St. Mary’s Hospital. My asset of multi-disciplinary human-network has been established when working in London, Oxford and West Africa for 8 years as well as in Tokyo at NIID for 3 years and in Thailand for JICA for 4 years.
I am the course director of Master of Tropical Medicine (MTM) where I teach clinical tropical medicine, malaria and non-malaria febrile illness, STD and HIV/AIDS. I also facilitate the tropical infectious disease case discussion.
As a chief of NEKKEN training/education center, I also organize the three-month diploma course of tropical medicine.
HIV research had been a core of my carrier before joining NEKKEN. It broadened my skills to understand a disease from multidisciplinary aspects such as behavioral, epidemiological, clinical science, molecular immunology and virology. Most of my work has derived from clinical-epidemiology settings such as cohort or case-control studies. I enjoy digging out clinical research questions by seeing patients and discussing with medical professionals. On joining to the current group of NEKKEN, my research topic has been broaden toward pneumonia in low, middle and high-income countries, non-malarial febrile illness such as typhus, leptospirosis. Now we have on-going studies in infectious disease wards in North Vietnam, the Philippines and Japan.
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My asset is a human-network developed while working as a AIDS-researcher and a clinician in the UK MRC Laboratories, The Gambia, West Africa for 6 years. I then spent 4 years in Thailand for a JICA-project on HIV/AIDS; since becoming a professor of Nagasaki University, developed various clinical-epidemiology research projects in Vietnam, the Philippines and Japan; also have a role in the infectious disease ward at the University Hospital. Head of center for training/education, NEKKEN; Deputy Dean of the School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health. Message for students: ” if you want to make a substantial impact on health in resource-constrained setting, you should work hard.”
Emerging and re-emerging diseases are becoming real threats in the world and we do not know what comes next as well as when it happens. I am involved in the management of patients with various infectious diseases as well as infection control in Nagasaki University Hospital. Extensively high skills, knowledge and preparation are required for deadly infectious disease. I can offer chances to learn the practical management of these infectious diseases in this course and hope to see many students.
Pharmacist, MPH (U of Michigan), PhD
Nagasaki University, Institute of Tropical Medicine (Main work station).
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Fearing that I would regret that I did not accomplish anything, on an impulse I went to work overseas in the field where I realized how much I had to learn. I then entered graduate school at 37 years old and became a late-blooming researcher, despite the fact that I used to hate studying when I was young. To regret doing something or to regret not doing something, the choice is yours. You should find out solutions for development and health by yourself. Textbooks and classes are just tools which provide you with clues.
In this laboratory, we are conducting researches on long-term outcomes for schizophrenic patients and the mental/physical health of victims of the atomic bombs and the disaster on Mt. Fugen.
Current main themes are the molecular/genetic study of schizophrenia and pathobiologic study to discover the causes of endogenous mental disorders including bipolar disorder.
In recent studies, I have been examining the effects of antipsychotic drugs on neural stem cells, studying the correlation between mental disorder and structural abnormality in the brain. In the future, I plan to establish a more academic research system by integrating these three studies.
For example, approx. 10% of the victims of the Mt. Fugen disaster still suffer from psychoneurosis, even though most of them have already recovered. Additionally, the prognosis of schizophrenia worsens as the treatment period lengthens, demonstrating the importance of early diagnosis and early treatment.
I intend to discover these factors in epidemiologic study through genetic and biological studies.
I graduated from Osaka City University Medical School, Japan in 1990 and then trained as an Orthopedic Surgeon for 2 years. Following that, I decided to spend 4 years studying malaria in Osaka City University’s Graduate School of Medicine. After I received my PhD, I worked in the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases (Louis H. Miller Lab), NIAID, NIH, USA from 1997 to 1999. In 2000, I became a faculty member in the Department of Molecular Parasitology (Prof. Motomi Torii Lab), Ehime University School of Medicine, Japan and joined the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University as a full time professor in 2007. I was inspired to study malaria by the Prof. Kazuyuki Tanabe’s lecture in 1986. For more details, please read my memoir of Kazuyuki Tanabe published in Paraisotl Int (2014).
I am responsible for lectures and practices on Medical Protozoology, including malaria, African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), American trypanosomiasis (Chagas disease), leishmaniasis, and intestinal protozoan infections.
Malaria is a huge burden and responsible for many deaths in large areas of the tropical and sub-tropical world. In order to design and implement effective disease intervention strategies, I believe that one of the key priorities in malaria research should be the strengthening of our understanding of the basic biology of the parasite. My team is currently investigating some fundamental aspects of the parasite’s life cycle, such as the mechanisms behind red blood cell (RBC) invasion and the phenomenon of cytoadherence of parasite-infected RBCs using human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, monkey malaria parasite P. knowlesi and rodent malaria parasite P. yoelii. I am also engaged in the field studies conducted in Thailand to understand the P. vivax biology in collaboration with Dr. Jetsumon Sattabongkot (Mahidol Vivax Research Center, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Thailand) and molecular epidemiology of P. falciparum in Kenya in collaboration with Prof. Akira Kaneko (Department of Parasitology, Osaka City University, Japan). Recently, we started to conduct a research to establish novel malaria model using ungulate malaria parasites.
RBC invasion by P. yoelii. Merozoite-stage parasite (arrowhead) invades into RBC within 30 seconds (0 – 25 s) and deformed RBC to spike-like shape (85 s).Recombinant protein (green) expressed in P. falciparum co-localized with Maurer’s cleft protein (red) seen in the RBC cytosol outside of the malaria parasite. Nucleus is visualized with blue color.
When I was a medical student, I visited many tropical and subtropical countries and recognized that infectious diseases were still huge burdens in the world. Then, one day in a parasitology class, I learned that the disease malaria was a major problem, and thereafter I was fascinated by malaria and its causative pathogen, Plasmodium. Now I am conducting research to elucidate the molecular mechanism of host cell invasion and modification mechanisms by this parasite, toward finding weak points to combat the disease malaria.
Learn on site. Everything starts there. What are the problems? What do we need to solve them? In order for us to solve problems, we need “knowledge” and “tools.” We also need to enthusiastically observe and dedicate ourselves to solving problems scientifically. Many of the problems we face do not have ready-made answers. This graduate course aims to establish a mechanism in which knowledge and tools from the “site” are applied to the “academic sphere,” and vice versa. Together, we learn, practice, develop research, and return to practice. Let us embark on our quest for the unknown world!
M.D., M.Trop.Paed., PhD
After acquiring MD. from Kochi Medical School in 1985, I worked for children with disability. I acquired Masters in Tropical Paediatrics from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in 1995, with the dissertation “ Pneumocystis Pneumonia in HIV infected children in Malawi”, and Ph.D. from Faculty of Medicine, University of Liverpool in 2002 with the thesis “Epidemiology and microbiology of acute respiratory infections in children in an urban poor area in Nairobi, Kenya and molecular epidemiology of RS virus”. I joined vaccine trials for pertussis and measles in Ghana. I worked for humanitarian assistance in the former Yugoslavia, the former Zaire, Iraq, Afghanistan, Honduras and South Sudan with AMDA, Peace Wind Japan, UNHCR, and UNICEF. I have consulted and coordinated on community health, health system strengthening, epidemiology on infectious diseases and NCD in Sri Lanka, Kenya, Ghana, Fiji and Philippines and for local capacity development for health system research and epidemiology.
I will be teaching Global Health I, Child Health I, Child Health II, Community Health I, and Emergency Assistance I at the TMGH, and also supervising Long Term Internship for MPH course. Currently I am teaching child health and pediatric diseases in MTM and TTM courses, and current epidemiological transition and health system research at the phD Leading program. Previously I taught Overview of Global Health, Child Health, and Emergency Assistance at the Graduate School of International Health Development, along with supervision for long term internship for MPH students.
I have been studying aid effectiveness, particularly on aid fragmentation and its effect on health system. I participated in randomized control trials for several vaccines in Ghana, and did clinical and microbiological (molecular biological) study on RS virus and pneumocystis pneumonia in Malawi, cohort study for ARI in children in Kenya and NCD especially cardiovascular diseases and diabetes in Sri Lanka as well as research on referral system in Ghana, and supervision and health information system in Kenya along with overuse of antibiotics, disease replacement under polymicrobial status. I am also engaged in study on access and seeking behavior in children with disability in the Philippines.
In development assistance, you must clearly position yourself as to how you support and how much you intervene, while in humanitarian emergency aid, you must make difficult decisions promptly. The more you are involved, the more you realize the hollowness or limits of some approaches to international cooperation, the gap between ideals and reality, and the importance of learning from people in the field. To develop your capability along with those in the field, not necessarily solely for your career development, it is important to learn and un-learn some of what you have studied.
What is taught and learned in the classroom differs from what actually happens and is implemented. Sharing our failures and reflections in the field would be for beneficiaries, not for our carriers. This course offers the chance where we can continue our self-development together, with multifaceted perspectives and a critical regard for ourselves, while being aware of the privilege of mutually teaching and learning.
Bachelor of Economics from Waseda University, Japan
Foreign Aid Policy in health and facilitation of internships abroad.-Based on working experiences in the international development organization, theory of development assistance related to the global health issues, practical methods and administration in the management of bilateral cooperation under Japan’s ODA are offered at classes.-Students who willingly take internship program at Japan’s ODA projects are supported.
>Focuses on how much effectively Japan’s ODA projects in the area of health is implemented and how much responsive they will be to the global health issues in the new era of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs)
I am currently seconded from JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency). The landscape around the global health is constantly dynamic. Timely response to the international heath always requires in-depth understanding of the discussion on the health challenges made at the global level and comprehension of the health policy framework developed at the national level. In addition, I suppose that international health professionals should outfitted with the competence to work out a plan on the field to sustainably ensure local people’s health. Health and Medicine are the promising area of development cooperation where Japan ably makes great contribution. I am looking forward to cultivating study, at the Nagasaki University, together with the TMGH students who expectedly become the health professionals in the way to combine my own working experiences with the class lessons and practical trainings.
MRCP, MRCGP, MSc, PhD, DTM&H (East African Partnership)
I have a joint position between the Department of Clinical Research at LSHTM and the graduate school of Tropical Medicine and Global Health (TMGH) at Nagasaki University since September 2017. I have been working at LSHTM since 2014, funded by a Medical Research Council Population Scientist Fellowship. My main area of research is in the field of digital health interventions to support sexual and reproductive health
I completed my PhD titled ‘Increasing contraception use with mobile phone-based interventions’ at LSHTM in 2017 which included a systematic review of mHealth interventions for contraception and the MObile Technology for Improved Family Planning (MOTIF) trial in partnership with Marie Stopes International in Cambodia.
Previously I completed the Public Health in Developing Countries MSc at LSHTM in 2011 as part of a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) In-Practice Fellowship based at Imperial College London during 2010-12.
I work as a primary care medical doctor (GP) in London and have worked on an NHS project with Maddox Jolie-Pitt foundation in Cambodia and with Medecins Sans Frontieres in Uganda.
I co-organised the Family Planning programmes module (2401) at LSHTM for the last three years and teach at Nagasaki University. I supervise Masters and PhD students.
Interventions delivered by mobile phone (digital/mHealth); sexual and reproductive health; primary care; health partnerships.I am principal investigator on a project to develop an intervention to support reproductive health in Cambodia together with collaborators at SOAS, Kings College London and Marie Stopes International, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).Selected publications can be accessed here in addition to the list below. Please contact me for further information or if you are interested to discuss research or PhD projects.
I am a clinical researcher with interests in different areas and experience of mixed methods research. I have worked as a primary care doctor in the UK and Uganda, where I recently completed the Professional Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H): East African partnership. My research has mainly been on digital health interventions for reproductive health, including a randomised controlled trial in Cambodia. Please contact me for further information or if you are interested to discuss research or PhD projects.
BSc, MSc, PhD
School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nagasaki University, Japan
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK
I graduated from University College London with a BSc. (Biochemistry, First Class Hons) in 1996, followed by a postgraduate teaching qualification (1997), a Masters in Public Health Nutrition at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine [LSHTM] (1998) and finally a PhD, also at LSHTM (2003). My PhD comprised a clinical trial of low-dose maternal vitamin A supplementation to determine effects on immunity to malaria in pregnancy in Ghana. In 2002 I became a staff member at LSHTM within the MRC International Nutrition Group and worked on malaria and anemia in Gambian children. In 2007 I moved to be based in Dar es Salaam Tanzania, working mostly on sickle cell disease. In 2015 I was appointed as a Professor at School of Tropical Medicine & Global Health, Nagasaki University, where I am now based. I also hold a joint appointment at LSHTM.
I co-organise courses in Epidemiology and Statistics in semesters 1 and 3 for the TMGH MSc courses. These courses are based on those provided by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine masters programmes and are taught by Nagasaki and visiting LSHTM research staff. I also organise a module on Nutrition for Global Health in Semester 3 and teach individual sessions on in other modules on effects of both under and over-nutrition, diagnosis and management of acute malnutrition, nutrition and infection, causes and effects of anaemia in the tropics, epidemiology and field-based research methodology
Previously at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK I taught and managed units within the MSc in Public Health Nutrition and I have been a tutor on distance based learning MSc courses: “Nutrition and Infection” & “Study Design: writing a grant application.
I am interested in how nutrition underpins human health and in particular in relation to interactions with infections, other conditions like sickle cell disease and maternal and child health. My research aims to provide an evidence base to support nutrition-based interventions to improve health outcomes in populations in low and middle income countries.
Current ongoing studies are summarized below:
Nutrition and TB
I am leading research on nutrition and diabetes in TB patients in the Philippines in both inpatient and outpatient populations in Metro Manila, Cebu and Negros Occidental. I collaborate with investigators from San Lazaro Hospital, Manila, the Nutrition Centre, Philippines and the National TB programme.
Malnutrition in children
In Nepal I am leading research assessing malnutrition in pediatric admissions and outpatient clinics (children of all ages). In Cambodia, we are investigating the determinants of malnutrition of young children within the NHAM birth cohort, with a focus on infections and the microbiome. In Burundi we are collaborating with Action Against Hunger to evaluate malnutrition diagnosis and referral within the integrated community case based management programme (iCCM).
Nutrition as a modulator of sickle cell disease
Within the Muhimbili Sickle Cohort in Tanzania, my previous research has focused on nutritional and genetic modulation of sickle cell disease (SCD).
Epidemiology, Nutrition, Maternal and child health, infectious diseases
Nutrition and hypertension/vascular function and role of infections, interactions between diabetes and infections.
The Philippines, Nepal, Bangladesh, Cambodia, UK, Japan, Tanzania, Kenya, The Gambia, India
I propose that nutrition is one of the most important modifiable environmental factors underlying health and disease. Along with infections such as malaria, nutrition has been one of the strongest selection pressures over our recent evolutionary history. This has significant implications in relation to the rapid changes in diet and lifestyle that are occurring globally. Under and over-nutrition are increasingly occurring within the same population groups and in both low and high-income countries.
Nutrition is essential to consider at individual and community/population levels in order to ensure that health interventions are optimally successful.
My research focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which nutritional factors affect health outcomes, with a focus on low- and middle-income country settings and encompassing infectious and non-infectious disease processes.
MD, DTM&H, PhD
Conducting responsible research is more than the desire to do the right thing. It is crucial that students recognize and appreciate the wide range of good practices in conducting research and publication. It is important that the students act responsibly to these standards throughout research processes. This training course addresses the topics of responsible research, good research practice, standards for development of protocol, data management and publication of research results. The training will elaborate required acceptable practices for achieving excellence in research across all fields and disciplines. The lectures will be complemented by examples and exercises, so that students have opportunities to apply the principles into practices.
We focus on I was born in Fukuoka, Japan 1965, and studied medicine at Ryukyu University School of Medicine. I have studied about most mysterious infectious agent, prion, since 1995 in Japan, France, and US. From 2009, I am leading my team as a professor in Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
Molecular medicine about prion diseases
I specialize in prion disease, a 100% fatal infectious disease, which is said to be the most miserable disease for humankind. Prion encompasses various aspects including infectious protein, pathogens without genes, contagious dementia, amyloidosis, and zoonosis, which require cross-sectoral research approaches. The development of BSE relates to the problems of food safety, and many people may still remember this disease causing international issues in terms of import control. In the lectures, I plan to examine the meaning of the existence of “infectious protein” in pathogenic microorganisms through discussion, while learning the history of prion discovery and identification of the pathogen.