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医動物学2016

The Department of Medical Zoology in Kanazawa Medical University is a division of education and research for the study of parasites, such as Entamoeba histolytica and Ascaris, and vermin, such as mosquitoes and mites. It was established in 1973 by Dr. Tada (currently Emeritus Professor of Kyushu University) who was the leader of the Guatemala national onchocerciasis control project.
Dr. Fujita (currently Emeritus Professor of Tokyo Medical and Dental University) and Dr. Tani then became lead professors. Research is being continued by the current staff on inspection methods of parasitic diseases, such as Acanthamoeba keratitis and vermin, such as mosquitoes (particularly Culex tritaeniorhynchus), which carry Japanese encephalitis and ticks and rodents, which spread spotted fever.

Contact Information

TEL: 076-286-2211(内線3933) +81-76-286-2211 / FAX: / Email: medzool@kanazawa-med.ac.jp

Faculty

Senior Assistant Professor

  • OIKAWA Yosaburo
  • MURAKAMI Manabu

Research Achievements

Research Activities

  • Effects of L-type Ca2+ channel antagonists on in vitro excystment of Paragonimus ohirai metacercariae induced by sodium cholate. 2006 Parasitol. Res.,99: 336-340 T. Ikeda
  • Inhibitory effect of RNAi on lapanese encephalitis virus replication in vitro and in vivo. 2005 Microbiol. Immunol., 49:1047-1056 M. Murakami
  • Drug susceptibility of Acanthamoeba isolated from 13 Japanese patients with Acanthamoeba keratitis. 2005 J. Kanazawa. Med. Univ. 30:67-70 Y. Oikawa, K. Kitagawa, K. Yagita, T. Endo, I. Shima, T. Ikeda
  • Effects of blockers of Ca2+ channels and other ion channels on in vitro excystment of Paragonimus ohirai metacercariae induced by sodium cholate. 2004 Parasitol. Res.,94: 329-331 T. Ikeda
  • Mite-specific IgE antibody response and dermatitis in NC mice infected with Myobia musculi. 2002 Med. Entomol. Zool.,53: 207-212. Y. Oikawa, T. Ikeda, Y. Kawakami, M. Kojima, H. Matsuoka, A. Ishii

External Research Funding

  • 2013-2016 Japan Society for Promotion of Science, Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI), Relations of a mosquito and Japanese encephalitis in life space. 5,070,000yen, Manabu Murakami, Assistant Professor.
  • 2011-. Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI), sharing research. Molecular epidemiology of East Asia for commonalities in tick borne new emerging anaplasmosis, spotted fever group and Lyme disease. 800 (1000 yen), Yosaburo Oikawa, Assistant Professor.
  • 2008-2009. Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI), sharing research. Decision on the diffusion route of emerging and re-emerging infectious disease based on distribution characteristics of intermediate animals converging around East China Sea. 500 (1000 yen), Yosaburo Oikawa, Assistant Professor.
  • 2001. Other. Japan-China Medical Association grants project. Separation and purification of the antigen for diagnosis of cysticercosis and surveillance of this disease in North-East China with the antigen. 1000 (1000 yen). Hidetaka Ichikawa, Assistant Professor.
  • 1995. Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI) (C), Elucidation of expression and resolution mechanism of the surface antigen of Burgia infective larvae. 1000 (1000 yen), Yosaburo Oikawa, Assistant Professor.