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Department of Anatomy and Life Structure

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The researches of our institute concern the human body and its constituent structures. In conjunction with dissection course of the human cadavers, we investigate various organs, tissues and cells to find out multitude of significance of biological structures, utilizing all the morphological methods including light and electron microscopy as well as immunohistochemical techniques for various structural molecules. On the other hand, the precious experience of dissection course is the basis for all the medical staffs and investigators to cultivate actual understanding of the structure and significance of the human body.
The human body is basis of the dignity of individual persons and simultaneously subject of anatomical investigations.

Contact address

for the department in general: Prof. Dr. Tatsuo Sakai <tatsuo@juntendo.ac.jp>
for the dissection course:  Dr. Hiroyuki Kudo <hirokudo@juntendo.ac.jp>
Tel: 03-5802-1022 / 1023
Fax: 03-5689-6923
Motomachi Building, 3rd floor


The institute makes investigation and education in three fields.
  • 1)Macroscopic anatomy: Dissection of human cadavers for medical students as well as for teaching and medical staffs and for postgraduate students in all Juntendo.
  • 2)Ultrastructure and molecules: Investigation of the renal glomerulus, intestinal villi, and various tissues are in progress. Facilities of electon microscope and confocal microscope are available.
  • 3)Anatomy in history: Anatomical textbooks in history from the time of Galen through Vesalius to the modern era were investigated. Translation project of Greek text by Galen is in pregoress.



When the Juntendo Medical School was founded in the April 1944, anatomical teaching was practically organized by Dr. Teizo Ogawa (Associate professor, Department of Anatomy, University of Tokyo), practiced by Dr. Shuzo Ikeda (otorhinolaryngologist), and supported by Dr. Toshiharu Koide (surgeon). Thereafter, anatomical education for students of the medical school was supported by teachers of Department of Anatomy at the University of Tokyo. Lectures were made by Dr. Ogawa, Dr. Ikeda and Dr. Koide, the histological course was guided by Dr. Tsutomu Ohuchi (future Professor at Okayama University) and Dr. Junnosuke Nakai (future Professor at University of Tokyo), the dissection course was supported by Dr. Sakae Masuda (future Professor at Juntendo University), the supplementary course was made by Tadanori Ooe (future Professor at University of Tokyo).

[Professor Koji Tsubaki (1950-1972)]

The first chairman of Department of Anatomy at Juntendo University, Professor Koji Tsubaki arrived his office on the 21st April 1950. The teaching staffs included Dr. Haruhiko Kobayashi (lecturer) and Dr. Masuo Kotani (lecturer). From 1954, the anatomical education including dissection course was provided to students in the School of Athletics, Juntendo University. The Second Department of Anatomy was founded in 1956, being Dr. Sakae Masuda as the first chairman, when teaching staffs of the first department included Professor Tsubaki, Dr. Ikeda (lecturer) and Dr. Eitaro Kodaira (lecturer). Thereafter Dr. Kodaira, Dr. Ikeda and Dr. Akira Fujii became associate professor of the department.

[Professor Ichiyo Asami (1972-1990)]

In April 1972, Professor Ichiyo Asami became the chairman of the department. The teaching staffs included Dr. Kunio Abe (lecturer), Dr. Ikeda (part-time lecturer), Dr. Toshihiko Homma (assistant, future lecturer), Dr. Kazuaki Murata and Dr. Kenji Koizumi (assistant). Thereafter, Dr. Masae Jounishi, Dr. Masahiro Koizumi, Dr. Masahiro Miura became assistant, and Dr. Hiroaki Saito became associate professor. Professor Asami retired in March 1990.

[Professor Tatsuo Sakai (after 1990)]

In May 1990, Professor Tatsuo Sakai became the chairman of the department and improved the laboratory of and equipment for investigation by light and electron microscopy. At the beginning, the teaching staffs included Dr. Saito (associate professor, retired in 1991), Dr. Homma (lecturer, associate professor since 1993, died in 1997), Dr. Murata (assistant, retired in 2005), Dr. K. Koizumi. Thereafter Dr. Naoto Kobayashi (assistant since 1991, lecturer since 1995, moved to Ehime University in 1998), Dr. M. Koizumi (lecturer since 1993, moved to Kumamoto University in 1996), Dr. Takayoshi Miyaki (lecturer since 1996, moved to Tokyo Medical College in 2003), Dr. Hiroyuki Kudo (assistant since 1997, lecturer since 2003), Dr. Hidetake Kurihara (lecturer since 1999, associate professor since 2000), and Dr. Tadashi Sawai (assistant since 2005) were in office.

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