I aim for a new biology. I also try to engage in research that will be at least of some use. I am waiting for people who have an interest in mathematics, physics, and engineering, and who are interested in creating new medicines.
Graduated School of Medicine, Tohoku University, 1984; completed Graduate School of Medicine, Tohoku University, 1988. Achieved current position in 2003 after serving as a pediatrician and working at Yale University, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and the Nara Institute of Science and Technology.
Nature Communications 4, 1978, 2013
The Molecular Biology Society of Japan, Japanese Society of Developmental Biologists
Advanced Lecture on Neurobiology
Force is constantly being applied to the systems and cells of living and moving animals. For example, body weight (gravity) places a load on the bones and muscles, and blood pressure on the blood vessels. As can be observed in the atrophy of the bones of astronauts living in zero gravity, without such stimuli, these systems quickly wither away. So, how does the stimuli of such forces influence cells and maintain homeostasis? We are researching these mechanisms. We are also pursuing possibilities for creating medicines which apply these mechanisms. Doing so may lead us to finding a medicine which prevents bone atrophy in bedridden senior citizens, provides powerful protection for muscles, and burns fat even without intense exercise (an exercise pill, so to speak). Let us elucidate the hidden biological mechanisms which no one has yet figured out and create a new biology and medicine.