Tropical Medicine Museum

Tropical Medicine MuseumIn April 2014, the Museum of Tropical Medicine moved to the Atomic Bomb Disease Institute Building No.2, and expanded the exhibition area. The exhibition is divide into categories of ‘Prologue’, ‘Parasitology’, ‘Bacteriology’, ‘Virology.’ It provides information on Tropical Infectious Diseases by using 80 panels, microscopic images, movies, educational models and specimens. Although main visitors are Japanese, quite a few people visit from overseas. For these foreigners English translated panels are installed in i-Pads and lend them when it is requested. In addition to the contents on tropical infectious diseases, a corner expounding on Biosafety Level-4 (BSL-4) laboratory contributes to advocating on the needs, safety and security.

The section of Museum of Tropical Medicine mainly performs the following 3 functions.

  1. Function as a museum and resource center on Tropical Medicine: There are sections providing information on tropical diseases, parasites, bacteria, virus, insects (vectors), specimen of dangerous animals, audio-visual materials and documents. The audio-visual corner demonstrates interesting scientific movies with 80-inch screen. There are more than thousands of data/resource collections.
  2. IT infrastructure maintenance: Network tools and servers are updated with technological innovation and m aintaining its security. The renewal of IT infrastructure in 2018 strengthened VPN and data backup system. It provides safe and secure it environment to researchers work at NEKKEN and the overseas research stations in Kenya and Vietnam.
  3. Research: Prof. Okumura conducts field research in Lao PDR and Republic of Guinea. She collects epidemiological data on infectious diseases, health seeking behavior, nutrition etc. in order to identify factors affect child health.


  • Professor and head Junko Okumura
  • Technologist Kazuo Araki
  • Assistant Kiyomi Suda
  • Assistant Sayaka Taniyama
         Recent main research achievement
1. Okumura et al. J Intl Health 2019;34(1):35-43.
2. Delamou et al. Lancet Glob Health 2017;5(4):e448-e457.
3. Camara et al. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg 2017;111:22-29.
4. Delamou et al. BMJ Global Health 2017;2:e000202.
5. Delamou et al. Afr J Reprod Health 2017;21(1):104-113

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