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Introduction

Introduction to Department

Message from the Head of Department

Welcome to the Department of Developmental Medical Sciences.
Our department was established in 1966 by Prof. Tadao Takatsu, as the first research and educational facility dedicated for maternal child health in Japan.
Past department heads have been involved in promoting the advancement in the fields of pediatrics, neurology and developmental sciences, and infectious diseases.
As the 6th Head of the Department, I am honored to continue this tradition of research and education excellence of previous faculty members, while setting a new path to address the rapidly changing challenges in the field of emerging and re-emerging infectious disease.
At our department, our academic staff continuously seek to produce and share knowledge that enables students and early-, mid-career professionals to achieve their career goals as fulfilled and globally competent societal members. Together with global colleagues with different skill sets and backgrounds, our department offers an enhanced learning experience in a diverse environment, with particular emphasis on building expertise and contributing to viral infectious disease control, maternal-child and public health.
Here, both academic staff and students work collectively as a team to address issues of public health importance, particularly in the field of viral infectious disease, vaccine and immunology. Our department and school’s program are designed for both local and international students and we welcome enthusiastic undergraduate and graduate students that are interested in learning and contributing to these fields, to be part of the global scientific society with us.
If you would like to be part of our department activities, please contact me at info.ddms@m.u-tokyo.ac.jp.

MOI MENG LING

Positions

  • Professor, Department of Developmental Medical Sciences, School of International Health, Graduate School of Medicine, the University of Tokyo. 6th Head of Department.
  • Senior Researcher, the University of TOkyo Pandemic preparedness, Infection and Advanced Research Center
  • Visiting Researcher, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Japan
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of Tsukuba

Prof. Moi Meng Ling

In office: 2021-

Career

  • 2010-2014

    Researcher, Department of Virology 1, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Ministry of Health, Welfare & Labor, Japan.

  • 2015-2019

    Associate Professor, Department of Virology, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University.
    Deputy Head, WHO Collaborating Centre (WHOCC) for Reference and Research on Tropical and Emerging Viral Diseases

  • 2020-present

    Visiting Researcher, National Institute of Infectious Diseases

  • 2020-2021

    Professor, Department of Virology, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University

  • 2021-present

    Professor, Department of Developmental Medical Sciences, School of International Health, Graduate School of Medicine, the University of Tokyo.

  • 2022-present

    Senior Researcher, the University of TOkyo Pandemic preparedness, Infection and Advanced Research Center

Awards

  • Young Scientists' Prize, Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
  • Sugiura Award, Japanese Society of Virology
  • Japan Medical Research and Development Grand Prize, Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development(AMED) President Prize

Past Head of Department

Prof. Tadao Takatsu

Tadao Takatsu

In office:
1966-1970

Prof. Takatsu graduated from the Tokyo Imperial University School of Medicine in 1933 and later received his doctoral degree (Medicine) at the same university. After serving as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Pediatrics, the University of Tokyo School of Medicine, he took office as the Director of the Department of Pediatrics at Yamanashi Prefectural Hospital, and later, as a full-professor at Shinshu University. He was the first head of the department at our department (current professor emeritus).
At the early stages of pediatric neurology in Japan, Prof. Takatsu established the Pediatric Clinical Neurology Study Group, which later became the Japanese Society of Pediatric Neurology. He is also known for his contribution in developing one of Japan's first electrolyte solution for infusions (Solita-T, etc.) for pediatrics. He was the Chairperson of the Japanese Society of Pediatrics, first Head of Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Kyorin University, and Director at the Kyorin University Hospital.
Prof. Munehiro Hirayama

Munehiro Hirayama

In office:
1970-1988

Prof. Hirayama graduated from the School of Medicine, the University of Tokyo in 1954 and obtained his PhD from the same faculty. After returning from his research studies in the US, he became the Professor at the Department of Maternal and Child Health. He was involved in regional community child health and welfare services and, pediatric health care and infectious diseases control. He was instrumental in promoting the use of Maternal and Child Health Handbook in Japan and, the standardization of maternal and child health checkup levels in Okinawa upon Okinawa's return to Japan. He was the Chairperson of the Japanese Society of Child Health and the Japanese Society of Human Sciences of Health-Social Services, Professor at the Department of Human Sciences, Taisho University, Dean and Professor at the Takasaki University of Health and Welfare and, Director at the Aiiku Research Institute.
Retirement Memorial Book
Prof. Makoto Higurashi

Makoto Higurashi

In office:
1988-1995

Prof. Higurashi graduated in 1959 from the Faculty of Medicine, Tohoku University. He then obtained his PhD from the Faculty of Medicine, the University of Tokyo. After holding positions at the University of Toronto University, Faculty of Medicine, Kyorin University and, Yamanashi Medical College (current: Faculty of Medicine, University of Yamanashi), he was appointed Professor at the Department of Developmental Medical Sciences (current, Professor Emeritus). Prof. Higurashi specialized in congenital genetic disorders including Down syndrome and developmental conditions. He has also contributed to the standardization of maternal and child health checkup levels in Okinawa after Okinawa's return to Japan. He was later a Professor at the Department of Home Economics, Tokyo Kasei University, Director at the Tokyo Mother and Child Health Service Center and Professor at the Takasaki University of Health and Welfare.
Retirement Memorial Book
Prof. Hiroshi Ushijima

Hiroshi Ushijima

In office:
1996-2006

Prof. Ushijima graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, the University of Tokyo in 1972 and obtained his PhD from the same faculty. He was a research fellow at the Department of Microbiology, Alabama University, Assistant Professor at the Department of Pediatrics, Teikyo University, Head of Department, Department of Pediatrics, JCHO Tokyo Shinjuku Medical Center, Head of HIV Laboratory, National Institute of Health of Japan (current: National Institute of Infectious Diseases), prior to being appointed as the Professor at the Department of Developmental Medical Sciences.
Prof. Ushijima specializes in maternal and child health and, infectious diseases. He has contributed to the development of diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics of diarrheal viral diseases.
Retirement Memorial Book
Prof. Masashi Mizuguchi

Masashi Mizuguchi

In office:
2007-2021

Prof. Mizuguchi graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, the University of Tokyo in 1980 and, obtained his PhD from the same faculty. He held positions as Assistant Professor at the Department of Pediatrics, the University of Tokyo Hospital, Head of the Department at the Department of Neuromuscular Research, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry (NCNP), Assistant Professor at Jichi Medical University, Associate Professor at the Department of Reproductive, Developmental and Aging Sciences, Graduate School of Medicine, the University of Tokyo, prior to his position as the Professor at the Department of Developmental Medical Sciences (current, Emeritus Professor). He has contributed in pediatrics neurology and neuropathy research, particularly in acute encephalitis, central nervous system (CNS) infections and congenital pathophysiology research and, the development of therapeutics and control measures. He was also the chairperson of the Japanese Society of Tuberous Sclerosis Complex.
Retirement Memorial Book

Department staff

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Professor

Moi Meng Ling

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Associate Professor

Satoshi Taniguchi

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Assistant Professor

Misao Himeno

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Assistant Professor

Ryuichi Majima

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Post-doctoral Researcher

Niken Adiba Nadya

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Senior Advisor (Visiting Researcher)

Tomohiko Takasaki

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Technical Specialist

Kazumi Haga

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Technical Specialist

Yuka Sano

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Secretary (Administrative Staff)

Haruna Takehira

Visiting Lecturers

Yuichi Gotoh National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry
Satoshi Kutsuna Department of Infection Control, Osaka University Hospital
Hiroshi Ushijima School of Medicine, Nihon University
Hideoki Fukuoka Fukushima Medical University
Daisuke Muraoka Aichi Cancer Center Research Institute
Masayo Fujita Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science
Takayuki Wada Osaka Metropolitan University
Akemi Saito Tokyo Metropolitan Fukagawa High School
Aisaka Kozo Hamada Hospital
Masashi Mizuguchi National Rehabilitation Center for Children with Disabilities
Tokie Anme University of Tsukuba
Maki Osawa National Rehabilitation Center for Children with Disabilities
Sayaka Takanashi National Institute of Infectious Diseases
Shin Kawagoe Kawagoe Pediatric Clinic
Hirotsugu Kano Minamino Kids Clinics
Shoko Okitsu School of Medicine, Nihon University
Noriaki Wakana Tokyo University of Agriculture
Akiko Shibata RIKEN

Visiting researcher

Ryu Yoneda the University of Tokyo Hospital
Tsuguto Fujimoto National Institute of Infectious Diseases
Donna Maretta Ariestanti University of Indonesia
Yuko Hayakawa Gunma Paz University
Ratika Rahmasari University of Indonesia
Hideaki Shimizu Kawasaki City Life Science & Environment Research Center
Nguyen Tran Quynh Nhu University of California
Tien Yung Yan NTTU Innovation Incubator Center, Taiwan
Miho Shibamura National Institute of Infectious Disease
Tsutomu Omatsu Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

Students

D3 Rakwi Nensar Wai Wai Phyo
D3 Liu Wen Tao
D2 Wijesooriya Lavangi Shashika
D2 Abdalla Ahmed Mahmoud Mohamed
D1 Irish Coleen Asin
D1 Esraa Kamal Abdelgafar ElShekh
M2 Haruka Hayakawa
M2 Wan Ka Ching, Carrie
M1 Zhou Hang Ke
M1 Nopriani Ni Luh Putu
M1 Myo Thura Kyaw
B3 Hina Horio School of Medicine
Valeria Pashko Research Student
Sun Qin Research Student

DDMS Alumni

Department of Developmental Medical Sciences Alumni: 250 members

Affiliated Societies

Japanese Society of Virology
Japanese Society of Immunology
The Japanese Society for Vaccinology
Japanese Society of Infectious Diseases
Japanese Society of Tropical Medicine
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Research Collaborators

Japan

the University of Tokyo Hospital, the Institute of Medical Science, the University of Tokyo, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, National Center for Global Medicine, Nagasaki University, Kyoto University, Aichi Cancer Center.
Repertoire Genesis Inc., United Immunity Inc., BIITS Inc

International

    • Bangladesh

      Jahangirnagar University

    • China

      Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), Guizhou University

    • Indonesia

      University of Indonesia, Gatot Soebroto Army Hospital

    • Malaysia

      Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Malaya, National Public Health Laboratory, Ministry of Health

    • Myanmar

      Department of Medical Research (DMR)

    • Vietnam

      National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE), Institute Pasteur Nha Tran, Institute Pasteur Ho Chi Minh City

    • Philippines

      University of Philippines, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC), Department of Science and Technology, Philippines (DOST)

    • Thailand

      Mahidol University, Suranee University of Technology, Chulalongkorn University

    • Sri Lanka

      General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University

    • USA

      La Jolla Institute of Immunology (LJI)

    • Global

      World Health Organization (WHO), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

We welcome new collaborations from both academia and, private and public health sectors.
Please contact us by using the contact form.

Students network

• Kyoto University L-insight
• MEXT Scholars Association
• Sakura Science Exchange Program, Japan Science and Technology
• Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
• Asia Japan Alumni (ASJA)
• ASEAN Council of Japan Alumni (ASCOJA)
• Japan Graduates Association of Malaysia (JAGAM), etc

Research collaboration network across Asia-Pacific

Department of Medical Research, DMR eASIA project Myanmar-Japan-US

University of Indonesia, Central Army Hospital (RSPAD), UPN veteran University, BRIN Indonesia

WHO training for advanced serology for ZIKV diagnosis, Vietnam

St. Luke's Medical Center, Department of Science and Technology, the Philippines University of the Philippines