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Department of 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 h ealth sciences to the future generations. Our activities include the following:

Department of Eco-epidemiology

Members

  • Professor Satoshi KANEKO
  • Assistant Professor Kentaro KATO
  • Assistant Professor Tomonori HOSHI
  • Research Fellow Taeko MORIYASU
  • Research Fellow Suguru TAGA
  • Assistant Kuniko SHIMODA
  • Assistant Mitsumasa MIURA
  • Assistant Noriko SHIMOIDE
  • Graduate student Junichi TANAKA
  • Graduate student Mami UCHIDA
  • Graduate student Tarek Abdelhamid Abdellatif Mohamed NUMAIR
  • Graduate student Ayako HYUGA
  • Graduate student Hiroki HASHIZUME
  • Visiting Professor Naoyuki KAWAHARA
  • Visiting Researcher Osuke KOMAZAWA
  • Visiting Researcher Samson Muuo NZOU
  • 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 Kazuchiyo MIYAMICHI
  • Collaborative Researcher Yoshinori KODA
  • Collaborative Researcher Naoyuki YAMADA

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Activities

1) Development of Microsphere-Based Simultaneous Multiple Assay System and Surveillance Systems for Multiple I nfectious Diseases: Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are spreading across sub-Saharan Africa, but the current assessment on NTDs is still unclear. At the same time, simple and cost-effective methods for monitoring NTDs are needed. To fill in this gap, we are developing as imultaneous multiple antibody detection assay system, utilizing microsphere-based multiplex technology and sampling system for the survey using the satellite images to detect house structures with the University of Tokyo.

2) Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) for the Epidemiological Research: In many developing countries, civil registration and vital statistics systems are still deficient. Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS) is a resident registration system for epidemiological research in a given locale. HDSS follows residents and their dynamics over a long-term period. In Lao PDR, we are operating two HDSSs to design research and improve health conditions in rural communities.

3) Epidemiological studies for the child health in Kenya: The Kwale district in Kenya is one of the poorest areas with high prevalence of stunted growth. We are conducting epidemiological studies to reveal the factors that could prevent stunted growth.

4) Research to clarify the molecular bases of parasitic diseases. Besides field work, basic research especially on schistosomiasis, amoebiasis and leishmaniasis are being conducted in our lab. We are dedicated to apply our achievements from the lab to the field.

5) Research on monkey malaria vectors applying the 3D-printing technology-based original mosquito trap: We are working in northern Borneo in collaboration with research teams in the UK and University Malaysia Sabah.

         Recent main research achievement
1. Hitachi et al., Intl Breastfeed J 2019;14 32.
2. Hoshi et al. Sci Rep 2019;9(1):11412.
3. Tanaka et al. Public Health 2019;173 58.
4. Shimazaki et al. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2018;22(1):65-72.
5. Sato et al. Int J Environ Res Public Healt 2019;16(16):E2954.

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