Eco-epidemiology

Our department is involved in various branches of public health research. With cutting edge IT and biotechnology, we intend to create more accurate assessment methods in global health, to improve responses to the public health needs on a local level, and to open new directions in health sciences to the future generations. Our activities include the following:

Members

Professor
Satoshi KANEKO
Assistant Professor
Kentaro KATO
Assistant Professor
Tomonori HOSHI
Assistant
Sachiko OKA
Graduate Student
Hiroki HASHIZUME
Graduate Student
Stephan AKAR
Graduate Student
Yu TAKEUCHI
Graduate Student
Maiko AKASHI
Visiting Professor
Naoyuki KAWAHARA
Visiting Associate Professor
Samson Muuo NZOU
Visiting Researcher
Osuke KOMAZAWA
Visiting Researcher
Mami UCHIDA
Collaborative Researcher
Kazuya OGAWA
Collaborative Researcher
(JSPS) Job WASONGA
Collaborative Researcher
(JSPS) Mwangangi Morris NDEMWA
Collaborative Researcher
Chisa SHINSUGI
Collaborative Researcher
Rie OZAKI
Collaborative Researcher
Yoshinori KODA
Collaborative Researcher
Naoyuki YAMADA
Collaborative Researcher
Suguru TAGA

Activities

1) Research on the construction of a wide-area surveillance network for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)
We are conducting research on the development of a monitoring network for NTDs using multiplex technology. We are also working with the University of Tokyo to automatically develop a system to identify houses using satellite data for regional sampling automatically.

2) Research on resident registration and population dynamics in developing countries
In order to conduct epidemiological and regional studies in developing countries with inadequate population registration, we have been operating a system to register all residents in the study area and periodically update information on births, deaths, migration. (Health and Demographic Surveillance system: HDSS) in Kenya. In addition, the introduction of cloud-based maternal and child registration and biometric system for identification at medical institutions are ongoing.

3) Research contributing to public health measures for healthy growth of children in Africa
Epidemiological studies on stunting (short height compared to the norm for age in months) are being developed in rural Kenya. In addition, we are constructing a birth cohort on child development from pregnancy to birth and beyond, obtaining information on child care and feeding activities and on the environment to elucidate the epidemiological basis for determining factors related to child growth.

4) Research aimed at elucidating the molecular basis of parasitic diseases
We are conducting research on the molecular basis of parasitic diseases such as schistosomiasis, amebiasis, and leishmaniasis.

5) Development of mosquito vector survey tools and research on monkey malaria vectors
We are working with a research team from the University of Malaysia and the UK to develop a mosquito vector survey tool using 3D printing technology and its application to the survey of monkey malaria vectors.

Recent main research achievement

  1. Hyuga et al. Travel Med Infect Dis 2022;7:2.
  2. Yoneoka et al. Lancet Reg Health West Pac 2022;18:100330.
  3. Hashizume et al. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2022;16:e0010274.
  4. Larson et al. Trop Med Health 2021;49:54.
  5. Kato et al., Molecules 2021;26:5504.

Achievement list