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Dermatology

  • Wataru Fujimoto, M.D., Ph.D. Professor

Emphasis and Outline of Educational and Clinical Features

Dermatologists are specialists in skin diseases, skin surgery and collagen diseases. In the Department of Dermatology at Kawasaki Medical School, we deal with patients with a variety of cutaneous manifestations and complaints. Our primary goal is to further advance knowledge pertaining to both clinical and scientific research in the field of dermatology.

The field of dermatology is vast and complex, and includes areas related to anatomy, genetics, congenital disorders, physiology, biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology, allergy, oncology, metabolic diseases, infectious diseases, STD, occupational diseases, environmental diseases and psychosomatic disorders. Third-year students acquire a basic knowledge of dermatology. Fourth-year students further study allergic, autoimmune diseases and drug eruptions. Fifth-year students can participate and assist in our daily clinical work in the outpatient clinic and wards.

Our primary educational goal is to train young doctors to become specialists in dermatology licensed by the Japanese Dermatological Association. Senior residents are trained in practical dermatology including cutaneous allergology, photobiology, histopathology, immunofluorescence microscopy, immunohistopathology, dermoscopy and skin surgery. Since the field of dermatology is expanding to cover cosmetic dermatology, surgery and laser therapy, it is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain a license. After at least five years of training, senior residents can apply for and take the examination for becoming a dermatological specialist.

Main Areas and Themes of Study

Our research is conducted in the postgraduate school and in the Kawasaki Medical School Hospital. Some studies are conducted in collaboration with other research groups.

Main Areas and Themes of Study

  1. Autoantibody profiles of autoimmune bullous diseases
  2. Comparison of immunological disturbance in patients with systemic sclerosis and silicosis (collaborative)
  3. Mutation analysis of rare genodermatosis
  4. Treatment of malignant melanoma and other malignant skin tumors by Boron Neutron Captured therapy (BNCT) (collaborative)
  5. Immunological profiles of psoriasis
  6. Epidermal differentiation and apoptosis
  7. Treatment of keratin disease by siRNA.