Utah Japan Biomedical Community 2016 Reunion

Former University of Utah researchers, Dr. Ikuo Tsunoda, Dr. Kazumasa Saigoh, and Dr. and Takahisa Masaki had a "U of U Reunion Dinner" in Osaka, Japan on October 25, 2016. We decided to make "Japan Utah Biomedical Community", whose first President is Dr. Takahisa Masaki.

We have made the "Utah Japan Biomedical Community" Facebook on December 6, 2016. This group includes people associated with biomedical research in Utah, particularly in the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, as well as their family and friends.

We hope that this new community will lead to reunion of old friends as well as creation of old/new networks among people who have been associated with biomedical research.

For more pictures, please visit "Utah Japan Biomedical Community Facebook page.

Ikuo Tsunoda

ユタ-日本研究留学同窓会発足 2016年

2016年10月25日に、ユタ大学医学部に所属していた正木貴久先生(ユタ大学前Assistant Professor)夫妻、西郷和真先生(近畿大学医学部神経内科准教授)、角田郁生(近畿大学医学部微生物学教授)が集まり、夕食会を開きました。この席で、現在あるいは過去にユタに在住していた研究者・医師と、その家族・友人を幅広く含んだ「ユタ-日本研究留学同窓会」を立ち上げようという話になりました。


写真は、 "Utah Japan Biomedical Community”のフェイスブックで御覧ください。


Utah reunion
from left to right: Drs. Kazumasa Saigoh and Ikuo Tsunoda and Dr. and Mrs. Takahisa Masaki in Osaka, Japan.

Kindai University Medicine Reunion 2016

Kindai University Medicine Reunion 2016 was held at the Ritz-Carlton Osaka, Ritz-Carlton Osaka, Japan on November 26, 2016. This year, the Reunion invited not only alumni who graduated from Kindai University Faculty of Medicine but also current Professor. They held a reception celebrating Kindai University alumni who has been promoted to Professor and Hospital Director this year.

This is the first time for me to attend this party. It is an unique and important party to see Kindai University alumni and current Medical Students. The President of the Reunion is Dr. Kiyoshi Yonei, MD, PhD.

For more pictures, please visit Kindai Microbiology Facebook.

Ikuo Tsunoda

平成28年度 近畿大学医学部同窓会 2016年11月26日





Front (from left to right) Drs. Ikuo Tsunoda and Kiyoshi Yonei, Mizuki Koh, Yuuki Maeda
Back (from left to right) Yoshio Nakahira, Masafumi Higashino, Kengo Adachi, Takahiro Yoshioka, Masato Tomaru
前列 (左から):角田郁生微生物学教授 米井潔会長 洪瑞季 (医学部4年) 前田悠希(4年) 
後列 (左から) 中平喜雄(2年) 東野公郁(4年) 足立賢吾(4年)  吉岡孝浩(1年)  都丸雅人(4年) 

General Medicine II Kindai Microbiology course 2016 start

On November 18, 2016, Kindai University Department of Microbiology started a 8-week basic research Microbiology research rotation, accepting 10 Kindai University 2-year Medical Students. Dr. Ah-Mee Park, Associate Professor, is the Director of the course, entitled "Discover antibiotics!" with a help of Drs. Fumitaka Sato and Seiichi Omura, Assistant Professor.

In the course, students aim to find molecules with antibiotic ability from several different materials including plants, food, etc. Students will also learn basic microbiology techniques such as Gram stain as well as statistical methods using Excel and R.

For more pictures, please visit our Kindai Microbiology Facebook.

Ikuo Tsunoda

近大医学部 医学総論II 微生物学 「抗菌物物質を見つけよう!」




医学総論 II 111816
Front (from left to right) Naoto Morimoto, Masahiro Umemoto, Masahiro Setoguchi, Dr. Ah-Mee Park (Associate Professor), Maya Kawamoto, Risa Maeda
Back (from left to right) Shinji Akioka, Shuuhei Yagura, Dr. Seiichi Omura (Assistant Professor), Takahiro Turukami, Tateo Koyama, Shuuichi Mimura, Dr. Mitsugu Fujita (Associate Professor), Dr. Ikuo Tsunoda (Professor)
前列(左から) 森本直斗、梅本匡弘、瀬戸口昌裕、朴雅美講師、川本真綾、前田梨沙
後列(左から) 秋岡真二、矢倉脩平、尾村誠一助教、鶴上隆浩、小山建夫、三村修一、藤田貢准教授、角田郁生教授

Japanese Society for Neuroinfectious Diseases meeting 2016

The 21st Japanese Society for Neuroinfectious Diseases annual meeting was held in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan on October 21-22, 2016. The President of the conference was Dr. Masahito Yamada, Professor, Department of Neurology & Neurobiology of Aging, Kanazawa University Graduate School of Medical Science、Kanazawa, Japan.

Guest speakers in the conference include Dr Robert P. Friedland, MD, Mason C. and Mary D. Rudd Endowed Chair In Neurology, Professor, Dept. of Neurology、University of Louisville, USA, who gave a talk, entitled "The role of the microbiota in neurodegenerative disorders."

Ikuo Tsunoda gave an invited talk on a viral model for multiple sclerosis, Theiler's virus infection. The title of the talk is "Mechianisms of inflammatory demyelination and axonal degeneration induced in viral infection. More than 21 years ago, Dr. Yamada recommended Ikuo to Dr. Robert S. Fujinami as a Postdoctoral Felllow, Department of Neurology, University of Utah. Dr. Yamada was the first Postdoctoral Fellow in Fujinami laboratory, while Ikuo is the third Japanese Postdoc in Fujinami Laboratory. Ikuo's scientific career virtually started from Utah: without Dr. Yamada, Ikuo would not survive in the biomedical research field. This time, Dr. Yamada invited Ikuo to give a talk in this conference.

For more pictures, please visit Kindai-LSU Multiple Sclerosis Research Team Facebook.

Ikuo Tsunoda

2016年 第21回日本神経感染症学会総会 金沢





Masahito Yamada 2016
From left to right: Drs. Ikuo Tsunoda, Dr Robert P. Friedland, and Masahito Yamada.

Dr. Shunsuke Komoto visit Kindai University on Nov 4, 2016

Dr. Shunsuke Komoto, Assistant Professor, Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Digestive Endcoscopy and Department of Internal Medicine, National Defense Medical College, visited the Tsunoda Laboratory, Kindai University Department of Microbiology on November 4, 2016.

In 2009, Dr. Komoto helped in establishment of Tsunoda Laboratory at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC), Shreveport, when Dr. Komoto worked as Postdoctoral Fellow of Dr. D. Neil Granger, Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, LSUHSC. Ikuo Tsunoda relocated his laboratory from University of Utah to LSUHSC in July 2009 as Assistant Professor. When he moved to LSUHSC, Dr. Komoto and Dr. Hiroki Tanaka helped him in setting up his laboratory, despite that both of them belonged to different departments.

Dr. Komoto finished his research on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in 2010, and returned to Japan. He is an expert of endoscopy. During his Kindai University visit, we discussed our future collaboration on inflammatory diseases, including IBD and multiple sclerosis. We also discussed the role of lymphatics in inflammation. Dr. Komoto's department has a unique technique to canulate into the thoracic duct, which enable collecting lymphatic fluid!

For more pictures, please visit our Kindai Microbiology Facebook.

Ikuo Tsunoda

高本俊介防衛医大講師ご訪問 2016年11月4日


高本先生には、角田研究室がユタ大学からルイジアナ州立大学微生物学・免疫学講座に移転した2009年に、ラボの設置の際に、大変お世話になりました。当時、生理学講座Dr. Neil Granger laboratory の博士研究員であった高本先生は、講座が異なるにも関わらず、ラボの設置に協力していただきました(当時、同じく博士研究員として他講座に所属していた田中宏樹先生とお二人で、よく教室に来て、重い機材の運搬などを助けていただきました)。




Lamp亭 高本
from left to right: Drs. Ikuo Tsunoda, Shunsuke Komoto, and Fumitaka Sato


Ikuo Tsunoda

Author:Ikuo Tsunoda
We are studying multiple sclerosis and viral myocarditis using immunological, virological and bioinformatics methods in the Department of Microbiology, Kindai University Faculty of Medicine.

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