- Kaoru Tohyama, M.D., Ph.D.,
Professor and Chairman, Department of Laboratory Medicine
Main Areas and Themes of Research
Our group has been involved in the study of normal and malignant hematopoiesis, including normal blood cell differentiation/activation and leukemogenesis. We have particular research interests in areas concerning myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and other subjects as described below. Our aim is the integration of laboratory/experimental hematology and clinical hematology.
- Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS): from molecular/cell biology to diagnosis and a nation-wide survey.
- Elucidation of the molecular machinery of growth, differentiation, activation and oncogenesis of blood cells
- Developmental research of laboratory hematology
Our mission is to implement the best management of the Central Clinical Laboratories of Kawasaki Medical School Hospital, and to contribute to the needs of all clinical divisions. More than seventy medical technologists are engaged in various forms of laboratory testing, and the newest style of the laboratory information system is functioning and an organic integration with the hospital information system has been accomplished.
In addition to general laboratory testing that includes body specimens and physiological examinations, we represent the division of poison analysis and the blood transfusion service. An emergency testing system has also been completed to respond to emergency medical services.
Our education aims to provide medical students with a thorough understanding of the significance and methodology of laboratory diagnostics and appropriate/effective/efficient usage of laboratory testing, including the evaluation of laboratory data.
The whole educational program for medical students consists of the following steps:
- Lectures of laboratory medicine and blood transfusion at the 4th grade (from introduction and a general concept of laboratory medicine to several specific laboratory diagnostics).
- Pre-clinical training of laboratory testing at the end of the 4th grade (blood drawing, blood and bone marrow examination, ABO blood-typing, bacterial testing, etc.).
- Inspection round of the Central Clinical Laboratories.
- Concentrated lecture concerning laboratory medicine at the 6th grade.
We also participate in the education of medical technology students who belong to the Kawasaki College of Allied Health Professions and are studying practical clinical laboratory testing.