6-7-3 Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-0047, Japan
We are investigating physiological and pathological roles of cells functioning in living tissues by using in vivo imaging methods such as optical imaging, PET, and MRI. Also, we are developing new methods and techniques for controlling behavior and function of cells in living systems.
1) Molecular Imaging Research from Cellular level to whole body Level
We are developing new molecular imaging methodologies for stem/progenitor cells in the central nervous system and other organs. We are investigating novel physiological and pathological roles of stem/progenitor cells in cellular, tissue, organ, and whole body levels, using multi-modal imaging technologies including PET imaging, optical (fluorescence and bioluminescence) whole body imaging, and optical fiber microscopic imaging.
2) Research for Controlling Cellular/tissue Function in Living Systems
Recent studies indicate that chronic inflammation is deeply involved in neurological disorders, fatigue, and cancer. We aim to control such pathophysiological conditions by linking omics analyses including metabolome analysis, system biology (bioinformatics), and imaging technologies. In addition, we are developing new medical technologies using light energy or plasma for manipulation of immune reaction, tissue repair, and regeneration.