Cross-border Researches on Infectious Diseases

It was once thought that humankind could conquer the infectious diseases. However, even in the 21st century, we have been experiencing newly emerging infectious diseases, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), avian influenza, pandemic influenza A(H1N1) with swine origin etc. These emerging diseases remind us of continuous threats posed by infectious diseases. With rapidly progressing globalization, the risk of global spread of infectious diseases is higher than ever.

We, at the Department of Virology, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, are conducting laboratory-based and clinical researches on various infectious diseases, not only in Asia but also in Africa and South America. We are also investigating infectious disease control in collaboration with public health officials and clinicians.

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Those who are interested in our research activity and project and willing to apply for master or doctoral course, please refer to this website and contact us for further information. Your CV and research interest might be helpful for consideration.

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An article about whole genome sequence of RSV in the Philippines written by Malasao (former PhD student) has been published in Genome Announcements.
The research forum for 10th Anniversary of RITM-Tohoku Collaborating Research Center in the Philippines
An original research paper regarding epidemiology of sapovirus infection in a birth cohort, written by Dr. Saito, Dr. Oshitani and other coauthors at Universidad Cayetano Heredia (Peru), Johns Hopkins University (USA) and other institutions, has been published in Clinical Infectious Disease.
An article about the retrospective surveillance for EV-D68 in 2015 collaborated with OSHITANI (Professor) and OKAMOTO (Assistant Professor) has been published in The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.
An article about isolation of human metapneumovirus using MNT-1, a human malignant melanoma cell line collaborated with OKAMOTO (Assistant Professor) has been published in Microbiology and Immunology.
1st International seminar for research on childhood acute respiratory infections in Asia and Africa was held in the Philippines
Result of analysis of sequence of an uncommon sapovirus identified in diarrhea samples collected from Peruvian children by TSINDA (PhD student) has been reported to Genome Announcements.
An article about epidemiological characteristics of an ebola outbreak in Liberia revealed using a novel dataset by FURUSE (assistant professor) has been published in PLOS neglected Tropical Diseases.
Training of basic medicine has started (Events).
We welcomed new members.
Site of “Core-to-Core Program B. Asia-Africa sponsored by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)”opened on Aug 28.
An article about genetic reassortant of Rotavirus in the Philippines by YAMAMOTO (former assistant professor) has been published in New Microbes and New Infections.
We welcomed new members.
Group photo of the lab has been updated (Events).
We welcomed new members.
An article about estimation of incidence of influenza and RSV infection in the Philippines at a community level by KAMIGAKI (assistant professor) has been published in Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses.
MANAKA, XU (MMed students), MALASAO, and CHAIMONGKOL (PhD students) received their degrees and graduated (Events).
An article of systematic review and meta-analysis of effectiveness of influenza vaccine by University of Nottingham, collaborated with OSHITANI (professor), has been published in Vaccine.
An article about detection of epidemics of norovirus using environmental samples by New Industry Creation Hatchery Center, Tohoku University, collaborated with TOHMA (assistant professor) has been published in Applied Environmental Microbiology.
An article about clinical characteristics of whooping cough in the Philippines by SAITO-OBATA (Mariko, assistant professor) has been published in Vaccine.
We are having SUPADEJ as a visiting trainee (Events).
An article about association between seasonal distribution of respiratory infections and meteological factors in the tropics by KAMIGAKI (assistant professor) has been published in PLoS One.