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  • Kazunori Toida, M.D., Ph.D. Professors

Emphasis and Outline of Education

Classes in anatomy aim to provide preclinical students with an understanding of the structure, organs, tissues and cells of the human body. Our department offers two main courses for first-year students; "Orientation lecture of human anatomy" and "Normal structure and function of the human body - Part One". "Orientation lecture of human anatomy" is a first-step course for anatomy and includes core lectures and microscopic observations of human organs. We expect first-year students to be motivated and have an interest in medical science. The "Normal structure and function of the human body - Part One" course begins from the second term of the first year, and students learn about the various organ systems of the human body through dissections in parallel with microscopic observations of histological specimens. Lectures are given to students during the course by teaching staff from anatomy, physiology and various departments including the clinical sciences. At the end of the course in the third term of the first year, students study neuroanatomy including macroscopic and microscopic observations of the brain and spinal cord.

During the first-year course, in addition to learning about organ structure and functional significance, students are expected to obtain structural information in relation to the functional aspects of organs for future study in the clinical curriculum. The cadavers made available to students for dissection are donated to Kawasaki Medical School for educational and research purposes in Wills. An association of body donors "Kusunoki Kai"which has more than 1,400 members belongs to the Kawasaki Medica1 School, and about 80 bodies are donated every year. In order to express our gratitude to the families of donated members, an annual ceremony is held on our campus, and students are expected to attend the ceremony to acknowledge the spirit of the donation and show respect for the human dignity involved.

Research Activity

The main research areas we have recently investigated are as follows:
  1. Development of fetal hematopoiesis
  2. Morphological brain science and biological structure
  3. Histochemical study of intermediate filaments
Recent published work in English includes
  • Kiyokage E, Pan Y, Shao Z, Kobayashi K, Szabo , Yanagawa Y, Obata K, Okano H, Toida K, Puche C A, Shipley T M : Molecular Identity of Periglomerular and Short Axon Cells. J Neurosci, 30(3) : 1185-1196, 2009
  • Suzuki-Yamamoto T, Toida K, Sugimoto Y, Ishimura K : Co-localization of prostaglandin F2a receptor and prostaglandin F synthase-I in the rat spinal cord. J Lipid Res, 50 : 1196-2003, 2009, cover photo
  • Toida K : Synaptic organization of the olfactory bulb based on chemical coding of neurons. Anat Sci Int 83(4) : 207-217, 2008
  • Sonoda Y, Sasaki K : Surface morphology of the central macrophages of erythroblastic islets in the spleen of aged and pregnant mice: an immunohistochemical light microscopic study. Arch Histol Cytol 71(3) : 155-161, 2008
  • Iwatsuki H, Suda M : Keratin 20 expressed in the endocrine and exocrine cells of the rabbit duodenum. Acta Histochem Cytochem 40(4):123-130, 2007
  • Sonoda Y, Sasaki K : Three-dimensional surface structure of macrophages in fetal and adult mouse liver: an immunohistochemical light microscopic study. Cells Tissues Organs 184 :166-171, 2006
  • Nishitani K, Sasaki K : Macrophage localization in the developing lens primordium of the mouse embryo - An immunohistochemical study. Exp Eye Res 83 : 223-228, 2006
  • Kumano I, Sonoda Y, Sasaki K : Phagocytosis Exhibited by Neonatal Hepatocytes at the end of Murine Liver Hematopoiesis - An Ultrastructural Study. Kawasaki Med J 32(4) : 205-210, 2006
  • Iwatsuki H, Suda M : Maturation of Three Kinds of Keratin Networks in the Absorptive Cells of Rabbit Duodenum. Acta Histochem Cytochem 38(3) : 237-245, 2005
  • Sasaki K, Sonoda Y, Kumano I, Suda M : Types of programmed cell death : two variants expressed by neonatal murine hepatocytes. Cells Tissues Organs 175 : 34-42, 2003