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Pathology 1

  • Yoshito Sadahira, M.D., Ph.D. Professor, Chairman of Department
  • Shuji Hamazaki, M.D., Ph.D. Professor
INDEX :  Main Areas and Themes of Research    Clinical Features
       Educational Features

Main Areas and Themes of Research

The Department of Pathology 1 studies the patho-etiological aspects of the disease of various organs or systems such as the lympho-hematopoietic system, alimentary tract and nervous system using various morphological and molecular biological techniques. Students of the postgraduate school are trained as actual researchers in the field of experimental and surgical pathology.

The current focus of research is to study the biological and pathological significance of sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor expression in cancers.

Clinical Features

The Departments of Pathology 1 collaborate with the Department of Pathology 2 to provide pathological expertise in the Division of Pathology of the Kawasaki Medical School Hospital. The division provides quality in pathological diagnosis and excellence in clinical service. Professional staff of the division includes board-certified cyto/surgical pathologists, certified medical technologists, and certified cytotechnologists.

Educational Features

The Departments of Pathology 1 and Pathology 2 collaborate with each other in the areas of undergraduate education and postgraduate clinical training.

1) Undergraduate education

There are 40 hours of introductory pathology lectures for second-year students. These include microscopic observation of pathological specimens from basic lesions such as infarction, acute inflammation, and cancer. For third- and fourth-year students, a total of 87 hours of pathology lectures is held during the new organ-block courses of clinical medicine education. These also include microscopic observation of pathological specimens from each of the organ systems.

To facilitate understanding by students, detailed texts including illustrations and color photographs are distributed in all lectures. Microscopic observations are conducted utilizing a computer-based virtual slide system, and course texts are distributed on CD-ROM.

For the small group units of fifth-year students, there is a three-day practice, mainly involving diagnostic pathology.

2) Postgraduate clinical training

In the two-year training program of junior residents (early postgraduate clinical training), one to three months of training in general pathology is available to those who are interested in pathology.

During the six-year training period as a surgical pathology senior resident, there is training mostly in general pathology including immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy and cytology.