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Department of Dermatology and Allergology

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Professor Emeritus:
Professor and Chair:
IKEDA Shigaku, MD, PhD.
Professor(Shizuoka Hosp):
Professor(Urayasu Hosp):
SUGA Yasushi, MD, PhD.
Professor(Koureishya Hosp):
UEKI Rie, MD, PhD.
Assistant Professor:
TSUCHIHASH Hitoshi , MD, PhD. OGAWA Takasuke, MD, PhD.
Our department has been known as a world-recognized leader in the field of clinical and investigative dermatology for the past 25 years. Members of the department, including numerous visiting scientists from abroad, conduct major research projects aimed at the most serious dermatological problems of our day.
  Very recently, 140 doctors are working in our Department, and 330 regular members and 700 foreign sub-members are registered in the Department’s alumni party, named Club 03. 78 board certified dermatologists and 63 PhDs have been generated under Prof. Ogawa’s supervision.
  In addition, in past 30 years, 700 doctors form 28 countries have participated in the Diploma Course in Dermatology at the Institute of Dermatology in Bangkok (Japanese side organizer: Prof. Ogawa), one of the program of Japan International Cooperation Agency. Among those participants, at least 20 doctors have had a degree of professor or equivalent appointments in their own country thereafter.
  Furthermore, 13 doctors from our Department have gained a degree of professor at other universities in Japan, such as Akita University, Tokyo Medical University, Showa University and Juntendo University.

Current research interests

  1. The biological roles of keratin and keratin-associated proteins.
  2. the mechanism of wound healing (animal models, growth factors, proteinases, and their inhibitors).
  3. regulation of hair growth and hair cycling, treatments of alopecia.
  4. host -parasite relationship between fungus and skin.
  5. molecular genetics of hereditary bullous and keratinization disorders, and attempting establishment of gene therapy.
  6. study on regenerative medicine of skin.
  7. pathogenesis and treatments of atopic dermatitis, especially for type I allergy and barrier dysfunction.
  8. pathogenesis and treatments of keratinization disorders.
  9. pathogenesis and treatments of congenital and autoimmune bullous diseases.
  10. biochemical and electron-microscopic analysis of malignant tumors.
  We have also been invited by the ministry of education as one of the responsible institutions in the promotion of genome-wide SNPs analysis of several diseases including aotpic dermatitis, drug eruption, and keloid as dermatological diseases.
  Doctors interested in studying clinical and/or investigative dermatology at our department will be involved in one of the following programs.

1) Diploma Course in Dermatology

  This program is a 10 month intensive course in clinical and practical dermatology which takes place at the Institute of Dermatology, Bangkok. The course is first organized in 1976 by Prof. Ogawa (Japan side) to train dermatology specialists of international standard in Asia. It is designed for clinicians who have had a few years of experience in practical dermatology. The course is taught in English by Japanese professors who teach investigative dermatology, and by Thai specialists who offer instruction in practical dermatology. Currently, 17 countries have official agreements with the governments of Japan and Thailand to nominate one or more participants to this program. These countries include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor Laste and Vietnam. Participants selected by their respective governments receive a stipend and are exempt from paying any tuition. Applicants from these countries should contact the local Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) office and the official organization in their country. Qualified applicants from countries not listed above and dermatologists who were not officially selected by their government may also apply as private participants. Please note that private participants are not eligible to receive any stipend. Applicants for private participation should write to the Institute of Dermatology, Bangkok or to Prof. OGAWA. Upon successful completion of the course, participants are awarded with the Diploma of Dermatology. The relatively inexpensive living costs, good weather, and abundant tourist attractions in Thailand make Bangkok an ideal place for such a program. For more information, please contact to Dr. Jirot Sindhvananda, Institute of Dermatology, 420/7 Rajavithi Road, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

2) Post-graduate school course

 This is a course of investigative dermatology that takes place at Juntendo University in Tokyo. It covers a period greater than 3 to 4 years, and at completion, one is conferred the degree of Ph.D. Participants are expected to work on original research projects of their interest. In the past 25 years, approximately 80 doctors have taken part in this program. Doctors who are eligible to complete the program in 3 years are experienced researchers who have published more than 3 original papers in English in quality journals of international standard and have held an academic position of lecturer (assistant professor) or higher. Otherwise, the original period of postgraduate school is 4 years. The participant who already published 3 English papers could possibly apply for some scholarships. Application for the postgraduate school course should be made directly to the secretary general of the Department. Tuition may be waived for outstanding scholars.
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