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Kenji Takamori M.D., Ph.D (Group profile)

Members

Kenji Takamori (M.D., Ph.D.)

Board of Directors: Juntendo University
Director: Institute for Environment and Gender-Specific Medicine
Professor: Department of Dermatology, Juntendo University Graduate School of Medicine

Education

1961-1967
Medical School, Juntendo University (Japan)
1967
M.D. ( Medicine)
1967-1971
Graduate School, Department of Biochemistry, Juntendo University Faculty of Medicine
1971
Ph.D (Biochemistry)

Positions and Employment

1971-1976
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Juntendo University Faculty of Medicine
1976-1977
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Juntendo University Faculty of Medicine
1977-1979
Research Associate, Department of Dermatology, Duke University Medical Center
1980-1987
Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, Juntendo University Faculty of Medicine
1987-1993
Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, Juntendo University Faculty of Medicine
1993-2007
Professor, Department of Dermatology, Juntendo University Faculty of Medicine
2002-2005
Vice-Director, Juntendo University Urayasu Hospital
2005-2012
Director, Juntendo University Urayasu Hospital
2005-present
Board of Directors, Juntendo University
2007-present
Professor emeritus, Juntendo University
2007-present
Professor, Department of Dermatology, Juntendo University Graduate School of Medicine
2008-present
Director, Institute for Environmental and Gender-Specific Medicine, Juntendo University Graduate School of Medicine
Mitsutoshi Tominaga (Ph.D.)

Associate Professor: Institute for Environment and Gender-Specific Medicine

Education

2000-2005
Ph.D., Biological Engineering, Tokyo University of Science
2007
Ph.D., Medicine, JuntendoUniversity

Positions and Employment

2005-2010
Post Doctoral Fellow, Institute for Environment and Gender-Specific Medicine, Juntendo University Graduate School of Medicine
2010-2012
Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
2010-2012
Assistant Professor (Part-time), Institute for Environment and Gender-Specific Medicine, Juntendo University Graduate School of Medicine
2011-2012
Visiting Researcher, University of California, Davis (Carstens Lab.)
2012-2014
Assistant Professor, Institute for Environment and Gender-Specific Medicine, Juntendo University Graduate School of Medicine
2014-present
Associate Professor, Institute for Environment and Gender-Specific Medicine, Juntendo University Graduate School of Medicine
Yayoi Kamata (Ph.D.) Post Doctoral Fellow: Institute for Environment and Gender-Specific Medicine
Yoshie Umehara (Ph.D.) Post Doctoral Fellow: Institute for Environment and Gender-Specific Medicine
Hironori Matsuda Technical staff: Institute for Environment and Gender-Specific Medicine
Azumi Sakaguchi Assistant Technical Staff: Institute for Environment and Gender-Specific Medicine
Yuko Kurosaki Graduate student (Doctor’s course): Institute for Environment and Gender-Specific Medicine
Shiho Iwamoto Graduate student (Doctor’s course): Institute for Environment and Gender-Specific Medicine
Nobuaki Takahashi Research student: Institute for Environment and Gender-Specific Medicine
Tomoyuki Iwanaga Research student: Institute for Environment and Gender-Specific Medicine
Utako Kimura (M.D., Ph.D.) Associate Professor: Department of Dermatology, Juntendo University Urayasu Hospital
Osamu Negi (M.D., Ph.D.) Associate Professor: Department of Dermatology, Juntendo University Urayasu Hospital
Atsushi Noguchi (M.D.) Department of Dermatology, Juntendo University Urayasu Hospital
Ayaka Ohtsu Graduate student (Master’s course): Department of Biological Science and Technology, Faculty of Industrial Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Science (Tomooka Lab)
Fumiya Kusube Graduate student (Master’s course): Department of Biological Science and Technology, Faculty of Industrial Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Science (Tomooka Lab)
Ryohei Kosaka Undergraduate student: Department of Biological Science and Technology, Faculty of Industrial Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Science (Tomooka Lab)
Collaborators
Atsuko Kamo (Ph.D.) Adjunct Assistant Professor: Institute for Environment and Gender-Specific Medicine
Lecturer: Department of Nursing, School of Health Sciences, Tokai University
Kyoichi Iizumi (Ph.D.) Assistant Professor: Juntendo University Faculty of Health and Sports Science
Hideki Shimura (M.D., Ph.D.) Associate Professor: Department of Neurology, Juntendo University Urayasu Hospital
Takayuki Yonezawa (Ph.D.) Research Institute for Biological Functions, Chubu University
Kei Torigoe (M.D., Ph.D.) Advanced Clinical Research of Cancer, Juntendo University Graduate School of Medicine
Department of Anesthesia and Intensive care, National Cancer Center Hospital East
Alumni
Suhandy Tengara Study Coordinator at Australian Clinical Research Network
Kenichi Taneda  
takamori's group staff photo

Research interest

Itch (or pruritus) has been defined as an unpleasant sensation that provokes the desire to scratch. Itch is also believed to signal danger from various environmental factors or physiological abnormalities. Clinically, intractable itch is a burdensome symptom that decreases quality of life, and frequently accompanies a variety of inflammatory skin conditions and systemic diseases. Recent studies have also indicated that intractable itch is associated with increased insomnia, suicide and reduced productivity at work or in the classroom. The development of anti-pruritic treatments currently requires an understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of itch. Therefore, the aim of our research is to elucidate the pathogenic mechanism and develop preventive and therapeutic methods targeting intractable itch.

Our ongoing projects are:

1) Mechanisms of intractable itch in atopic dermatitis;
2) The relationship between skin surface pH and intractable itch;
3) Mechanisms of opioid-induced itch;
4) Research of spinal itch transmission and circuit; and
5) Development of preventive and therapeutic methods for intractable itch