MD, MSc, PhD
I have been working in the field of maternal health. Pregnancy and childbirth are mostly physiological processes. In some cases, however, there are pathological aspects as well. Both physiology and pathology must be taken into account when considering maternal health. Unfortunately, only pathological phenomenon is focused on, as exemplified in the saying that “Every pregnancy is a risk”. Therefore, there is a huge misuse of medical interventions observed, both in developing and industrialized countries. We should strive to find an optimal point in between the two, keeping in mind that that point is variable. There is no “magic bullet” in the field of public health. We must think together how we can change this world.
I am in charge of the two following modules
Cambodia (capital – Phnom Penh, rural – Prey Veng province)
My research field is ‘maternal health’ and ‘quality of health care’. These topics
contribute to make the pregnancy and delivery process safer and to provide quality care to mothers, babies and family members.
Pregnancy and delivery are basically a physiological process, however, complications may occur, so maternal health should deal with both physiological and pathological issues. The means is not limited to medical technology. We should consider those who are giving birth for our future, therefore, our values and commitment towards self, others and society are always tested.
PhD in malaria parasite genetics
Malaria Unit, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University
My lab focuses on genetic and genomic approaches to identify the underlying genetic causes of medically important phenotypic differences between parasite strains. We use the rodent malaria parasites for some of these studies, but we are increasingly pursuing investigations involving the human malaria parasites in in vitro culture, and non-human primate malaria parasites such as Plasmodium cynomolgi in monkeys. We also work in malaria endemic countries on epidemiology related projects, including with P. falciparum and P. vivax in Africa, P. knowlesi and P. cynomolgi in Southeast Asia, and P. simium and P. brasilianum in South America. We are interested in ALL aspects of malariology.
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The Malaria Unit at the Institute of Tropical Medicine is a dynamic and cosmopolitan laboratory specializing in the genetics and epidemiology of malaria. Although we take our scientific research very seriously, we endeavour to create a fun and relaxing environment for lab members, as we believe that science should be enjoyable and rewarding for the researcher.
We work on multiple disciplines within malariology, and try to accommodate each individual lab member’s research interests. We rely on a large network of international collaborators for the vast majority of our research projects, and currently have active partnerships with researchers in numerous regions including the UK, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Nigeria, Kenya, Thailand and elsewhere.
All research and lab life is conducted in English (with a smattering of Swahili, Welsh and American).
Our lab offers graduate students a relaxed and informal atmosphere in which to explore their own research interests with strong academic support and guidance if required.
Potential projects available with our lab include (but are not limited to); studies of inter-species interactions between malaria parasite strains and species within mice and mosquitoes; discovery of genes involved in drug resistance/ virulence/ strain-specific immunity in rodent malaria parasites through genetic crossing and whole genome sequencing; studies involving investigation of the conditions required for optimal vectorial capacity in mosquitoes; studies on the population genetics of P. falciparum, P. malariae and P. ovale in field isolates from Nigeria.
We also strongly encourage potential graduate students to design their own research utilizing the resources of the Malaria Unit. These include the largest collection of rodent malaria parasite isolates in the world, a colony of A. stephensi mosquitoes in a state-of-the-art insectary for transmission experiments, and access to field isolates from our international collaborators.
Ph. D. (Medicine)
Department of International Medicine, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University
Molecular Epidemiology: genomics, bioinformatics, geography
Zoonosis and host adaptation: diseases ecology, molecular evolution, One Health, conservation medicine
Not only tropical medicine, theoretical and basic sciences should be considered as an essential standpoint. It is recommended that Ph. D. candidates in our group keep an affinity to both applied and basic (logical) sciences flexibly, to confront own research purposes step by step.
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.
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!