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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
MSc, MD, PhD
I am a physician and an environmental epidemiologist with particular interest in the health impacts of climate change and climate variability. I had my residency training in paediatrics in Tokyo, 1996-1999, then received my master’s degree in international health from Univ. of Tokyo (2001), MSc in Environmental Health and Policy from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) (2003), and PhD from the Univ. of London (LSHTM, 2007). I have served as an advisor or expert for international organizations (e.g., WHO, IPCC), governmental committee (MoE), Editorial Review Board of Environmental Health Perspectives and Editor-in-Chief of Tropical Medicine and Health.
I am a co-organizer of “Epidemiology” and “Statistics for Population Health” modules in semester 1 and 3. I also teach individual sessions on a topic of health impacts of climate change for the Global Environment and Health module.
My research interests extend over a range of issues in environmental epidemiology. The current research topics, which we work in collaboration with both the international and Japanese colleagues, focus mainly on health impacts of atmospheric environmental changes including climate variability, global climate change and transboundary and local air pollution in high-, middle- and low-income countries. Ongoing projects include:
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PhD (Health Sciences), MSc (Health Sciences)
I graduated from the University of Tokyo (UT) in 1976 (BSc. in Health Sciences) , Then, I was in UT until I am 34 as a research student in the department of human ecology (1976-1978), a master course student (1978-1980), a PhD student (1980-1983), and a research associate (1983-1987). I joined to Nagasaki University in 1987, as an associate professor of public health at School of Medicine, then as a professor of community health at School of Allied Medical Sciences in 1999. From 2002, I moved to Nekken, Institute of Tropical Medicine as a professor at the Research Center for Tropical Infectious Diseases (RECTID). Between 2007 and 2013, I was in Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), Kyoto, as a project leader of “The RIHN Ecohealth project: Environmental Change and Infectious Diseases in Tropical Asia. After the RIHN Ecohealth project, I joined again to Nagasaki University, being professor and dean of the graduate school of international health development, which is the precursor of this graduate school of tropical medicine and global health.
Based on my back ground of human ecology, I will be teaching various aspects of bio-social approach to global health. Bio-medical science and epidemiology are very important part of global health. Yet, students need to acquire enough knowledge on wider bio-social context of each society which is shaping the health of the people, in order to contribute to the sustainable development goals of global health. Students need to understand people’s life, their environments, their society’s history, culture, social and political system, public health systems and so on. I will teach the following modules: Global Health in the autumn quarter, Health Promotion Ⅰand Ⅱ in the winter quarter. And I will serve as an organizer/coordinator for Health System and Policy Ⅰand Ⅱ, and Social Entrepreneurship.
I have been studying human ecology of people living in various environments in Asia, Africa and South America. Based on intensive field work in rural communities, I studied demographic events (death, pregnancy, birth and in/out migration), time-allocation of human activities, their interaction with environment, food acquisition, diet, energy and nutrient intake, and energy output. Then, I started to study health ecology of parasitic diseases such as schistosomiasis haematobium in Kenya, malaria in Indonesia and Lao P.D.R. and liver fluke infection in Lao P.D.R. I have been interested in ecohealth/human ecology approaches (non-pharmaceutical approaches) to reduce the burden of these parasitic diseases and to accelerate health transition.
Currently: Lao P.D.R, and Indonesia
In the past: Japan, Kenya, Bolivia, Bangladesh, China, and Vietnam
The world is full of contradictions and irrationalities. Imagine you come from a poor African or tropical Asian family. How would you avoid disease and survive? What would you eat? What would you do to stay alive? If you had no schooling and were illiterate, would you be able to live despite society’s disdainfulness? The starting point in international health development is saying to yourself, “for those people in poor countries, living itself is already a great achievement. As for me, who live in a blessed environment, what am I doing to make a difference?” Our answer is that we can learn and think, developing ourselves as useful human resources and take up our responsibilities according to our capacity. To achieve this goal, I will strive to make the School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health a meaningful place for education, research, and practice, together with the faculty and students.
Division of Immunology, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Immunology of Infectious diseases
Immunology is an important subject in order to understand infectious diseases. One of the biggest achievements in immunology is the development of vaccines, which save millions of people. However, vaccines have not been developed for all infectious diseases. In particular, vaccine development is difficult in chronic infectious diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria, all of which are major infectious diseases in tropical regions. You need to understand what makes vaccine development difficult. I look forward to discussing and thinking about these problems together with you.
PhD, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Visiting Researcher, Department of Biomedical Chemistry, School of International Health, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo.
I was born and lived 21 years in Brazil, an endemic country for Chagas disease and Leishmaniasis. I studied at the Faculty of Pharmacy from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte. In 2000, I came to Japan and under the support of Mombukagakusho Scholarship I obtained Master and PhD degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Tokyo. During my Master and Doctoral course I have analyzed the biochemical and structural biological properties of dihydroorotate dehydrogenase, a potential drug target from Trypanosoma cruzi involved in pyrimidine de novo biosynthesis. In 2005, I moved to Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo supported by Postdoctoral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers (JSPS) to start research in structural biology and drug design targeting the unique energy metabolism found in Trypanosomatids and Helminthes. Since 2007, I become Assistant Professor of Department of Biomedical Chemistry from Graduate School of Medicine at The University of Tokyo to research molecular and biochemical parasitology and drug design targeting enzymes involved in microaerophilic mitochondrial metabolism from protozoan parasites and helminthes. I have expertise in the field of biochemistry, parasite metabolism, structural biology and drug design.
I worked as part-time lecturer for practical class in biophysics at Teikyo University, between 2002 and 2005. I was also in charge of practical class in biochemistry at School of International Health, The University of Tokyo, from 2007 to 2016. At TMGH, Nagasaki University, I will be teaching part of Basic Human Biology coordinated by Prof. Kita and Prof. Kamiya.
Based in keywords such as “Parasite”, “Mitochondria”, “Host Environment Adaptation”, “Ubiquinone”, “Energy Metabolism”, “Biochemistry”, “Drug Target” and “Drug Development”, my current research area include Trypanosomatids and Apicomplexan parasites, Helminthes and Tumor Microenvironment.
Ph.D. (Veterinary Medicine), National License of veterinarian
Department of Virology, Institute of Tropical Medicine (I.T.M), Nagasaki University
Development of diagnostics for mosquito-borne viral diseases (dengue virus, Japanese encephalitis virus, Rift Valley fever virus, chikungunya virus, West Nile virus etc.)
Currently, I am working together with Kenyan students and young researchers for the development of diagnostics for mosquito borne viral diseases in Kenya. The highest priority criterion for me to choose research topics for my students and myself are based on the local needs in the tropics and it is also related to the development of diagnostics.
More than a 30-year experience and hands-on a broad variety of molecular laboratory techniques and instrumentations, experimental design and data analysis, laboratory management, instructorship and supervision.
Department of Radiation Molecular Epidemiology, Atomic Bomb Disease Institute, Nagasaki University
1995/01–1996/11, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA1994/06, PhD (biochemistry and immunology), Rostov State Medical Institute, Rostov-on-Don, Russia1981/09–1987/02, M.S. [equivalent] in chemical engineering of biologically active substances, Lomonosov Institute of Fine Chemical Technology, Moscow, Russia
Thyroid carcinogenesis, molecular carcinogenesis, radiation-induced carcinogenesis, molecular epidemiology, molecular diagnostics, radiation and cancer epidemiology, radiation biology, human genetics, molecular pathology. An author and coauthor of 117 peer reviewed articles, 2 books, 9 book chapters, 23 Professional societies’ publications, peer review service to 19 international journals, Member of Editorial board in 2 journals.
We are aimed at designing and conducting laboratory and epidemiological research into the contribution of inherited genetic variations and somatic genetic alterations to the etiology of human cancer and non-cancer diseases, particularly focusing on populations exposed to radiation in Chernobyl, Kazakhstan and Japan to improve public health through gaining new insights into gene-environmental interactions.
BSc, MAppStats, PhD
School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nagasaki University, Japan
Chris received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (USA) (2002), a Master of Applied Statistics with distinction from the University of Malaya (Malaysia) (2005), and a PhD in Health Science from the University of Tokyo (Japan) (2011) for research on statistical method to measure the relative performance of post-market treatments in the absence of suitable controls. Following completion of his PhD, he went on to hold a postdoctoral position at the National Institute for Environmental Studies (Japan) where he studied the health effects of ambient temperatures and air pollution in Japan. In 2013, he became a postdoctoral fellow under the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and expanded his work on environmental pollution and health to the developing countries in the tropics. He continued his work as an assistant professor at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University (Japan), from late 2015 until early 2018. From April 2018, he joined the School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health at the same university as an Associate Professor. He was a Rutherford Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (United Kingdom) between August 2018 to January 2019.
Chris teaches biostatistics at the School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health at Nagasaki University, and previously, the School of International Health at the University of Tokyo. He has previously organized and taught undergraduate courses in statistics, actuarial mathematics, and quantitative analysis.
Chris is interested in environmental epidemiology and the related statistical methods. His research focuses on the assessment of human health risk associated with atmospheric exposures such as air pollution, ambient temperatures, airborne pollen, and intercontinental dust events. He is currently leading a project to measure the health impacts of landscape fires that affect the air quality of many Southeast Asian cities. He is involved in a project that investigates the associations of fine particulate matter, its chemical constituents and sources with the lung function of asthma patients. He is also leading a study to examine the forward displacement of daily mortality attributable to air temperatures in tropical setting.
Given his extensive training in applied statistics, Chris is also interested in the application of statistics in a multidisciplinary context involving other health fields and looks forward to working with researchers from different backgrounds.
In the digital age where data are collected faster and greater in quantity, strong quantitative skills are important to allow one to extract useful information from data. Statistics is central to this process. As you begin your journey with us, there will be opportunities to gain knowledge in statistical inference and develop skills in data analysis and interpretation. You will also be exposed to the data-driven approaches in epidemiology. I look forward to meeting students and researchers interested in utilizing these skills to improve health.
PhD in Social Anthropology
School of Global Humanities and Social Sciences, Nagasaki University
Socio-anthropological study on history, socio-cultural dynamics, inter-ethnic conflict, modernization and development among the Banna in southern Ethiopia since 1993. Study on medical anthropology and medical pluralism since 2008. Study on population aging and elderly care since 2012.
I am currently involved in research teams on global aging, especially focusing on future aging and social welfare in Africa. Both qualitative and quantitative research on elderly life, health, care and social protection will be carried out in East Africa; Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, and Zambia.
I have been carrying out anthropological fieldwork on tradition and the modernization process in an agro-pastoral society, the Banna, in Ethiopia, northeast Africa since 1993. Watching a small remote society connect with, and getting swallowed by globalization reveals both positive and negative aspects of “development”. I explore the ideal relationship between traditional culture and society, modernization and development through the anthropological approach to international healthcare.