International Health and Medical Anthropology

Department of International Health and Medical Anthropology has started its activities since 2008.

Members

Professor
Taro Yamamoto
Assistant Professor
Hiromu Ito
Assistant Professor
Hiroaki Arima
Visiting Professor
Shigeru Suganami
Visiting Professor
Akihiro Seita
Visiting Professor
Hitoshi Yoshimura
Visiting Professor
Takayuki Wada
Visiting Professor
Yoshitake Yokokura
Visiting Professor
Kazuaki Miyagijima
Visiting Associate Professor
Ubydul Haque
Visiting Associate Professor
Masahito Yamamichi
Visiting Associate Professor
Katsuyuki Eguchi
Visiting Researcher
Taijin Kaku
Visiting Researcher
Liang Qin
Visiting Researcher
Guoxi Cai
Visiting Researcher
Shuko Takahashi
Visiting Researcher
Shiomi Yoshida
Visiting Researcher
Yoshito Fujii
Visiting Researcher
Kaori Yamamoto
Visiting Researcher
Kazuya Okada
Visiting Researcher
Sweta Koirala
Visiting Researcher
Akintije Shimba Calliope
Collaborative Researcher
Masanori Yoshida
Collaborative Researcher
Mitsuhiro Odaka
Assistant
Kayo Maeda
Graduate Student
Yoshihiro Takayama
Graduate Student
Shinsaku Inomata
Graduate Student
Shirley Victoria Simpson
Graduate Student
Nobuyuki Kawachi
Graduate Student
Kamble Mathe Mowa Paul

Activities

Our research was composed of four units; 1) research on infectious diseases in ecosystem, 2) research on the environment health, 3) research on biological evolution of microorganisms from the adaptation or fitness viewpoint and 4) research on the epidemiology from the historical viewpoint. The umbrella concept linking above four research units is to reconstruct infectious diseases "temporally" and "spatially" alike. Infection is the biological phenomenon as an interaction between hosts and microorganisms. In other words, host behavior, social structure as well as culture per se affect microorganisms in fitness and adaptation whereas microorganism has impact on its hosts. Based on that perception, our department aims to get more detailed understanding and insight on infectious diseases. We would like to pursue the ways of analysis by various approaches such as molecular-evolutional technique, molecular epidemiology, detection of trace DNA, genomics based on bioinformatics, mathematical model, and computer science.
Another pillar of our department is a social responsibility. Now that even profit oriented organizations are required to have its corporate social responsibility, no need to say for academia or university. Out of the name of our department, it must be nothing but contribution to international health or people's health in resource-limited settings. What we think of important is to make solidarity in order to contribute to sustainable development. It is our department's goal.

Recent main research achievement

  1. Ito et al. Theor Biol Medical Model 2022;18:18.
  2. Sabin et al. Malar J 2022;20:389.
  3. Kunna et al. Acta Med Okayama 2021;75(4):487-493.
  4. Arima et al. Trop Med Health 2022;49:2.
  5. Takahashi et al. Psychiatry Res 2021;295:113565.

Achievement list