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Our research
We have developed our research focusing on the following four themes. Our latest developments are as follows.
  1. Elucidation of molecular pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders.
  2. Exploration of comprehensive therapy for the disorders.
  3. Glia-neuron interaction
  4. Molecular basis for the mind: nurturing the brain

Major grants
  1. Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan
    H15-Kokoro-023 04/01/03 - 03/31/06 (complete)
    "Development of New Therapies for Neurodegenerative Disorders"
    The goals of this grant are concerned with the development of essential therapies for neurodegenerative disorders including Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer disease. To achieve this aim, we study neural stem cells and animal models for the disorders.
  2. Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan
    H17-Genome-009 04/01/05 - 03/31/08 (complete)
    "Multi-biological significance of the ubiquitin system and aging in the brain"
    The goals of this grant are concerned with the prevention for the aging of the brain. To achieve this aim, we study the ubiquitin-proteasome system.
  3. National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, Japan
    15A-2 (complete)
    "Studies on the activation of repair processes in the central nervous system"
    The study group aims to investigate the activity ob repair processes of neurons in the central nervous system and to apply the results to develop new thrapies for various neurological disorders.
  4. National Institute of Biomedical Innovation
    ID. 05-32 04/01/05 - 03/31/10 (active)
    Development of strategic new drugs and diagnostic techniques, and functional analysis of neurodegenerative-related gene disease, such as Alzheimer.

  5. Japan Science and Technology Agency (CREST) (active)
    Bio-communication between "Mother and Child" for nurturing the brain

  6. Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan
    04/01/03 - 03/31/08 (complete)
    "Elucidation of glia-neuron interaction using animal models for human brain disorders"?

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