Veterinary medicine covers wide areas of life sciences, not only medicine for animals but also biology of mammals and higher vertebrates. In the Department of Veterinary Medicine, most advanced research is being carried out at molecular, cellular and in vivo levels, in order to fully understand vital processes of normal and diseased animals. Veterinary medicine has two aspects of science: basic science to understand the mechanisms underlying biological phenomena, and applied science to satisfy the social demands for maintenance and improvement of human welfare and productivity of domestic animals. This department collaborates with the veterinary medical center located on the Yayoi campus. This center is facilitated with the latest and most advanced medical instruments, and plays an important role as an advanced veterinary hospital in this area.

Laboratories

Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences

Basic Veterinary Medicine
Theriogenology
  • Neuroendocrine mechanism regulating ovulation and follicular development in female mammals
  • Pathophysiological mechanism mediating suppressed gonadal activities under malnutrition
  • Remodeling on mechanisms associated with pregnancy establishment
  • Changes in placental structures through mammalian evolution
  • Development of systems effective in improving reproductive efficiency
Veterinary Anatomy
  • Molecular and cellular analyses of mammalian gonadogenesis, testiculogenesis and spermatogenesis
  • Roles of SOX (SRY-related HMG box) genes in mammalian embryogenesis and organogenesis
Veterinary Physiology
  • Regulation of reproductive function by the neuron-endocrine-immune system
  • Molecular mechanisms underlying sexual differentiation of the brain
  • Neuroendocrine control of body growth and metabolism
  • Regulatory mechanisms involved in growth and regeneration of skeletal muscle
Veterinary Pharmacology
  • Signal transduction in the cells and its modification by drugs
  • Pharmacological effects of bioactive natural products
Veterinary Microbiology
  • Studies on the mechanisms of persistent infection and reactivation of animal viruses and protozoas
  • Development of recombinant vaccines for animals
Veterinary Public Health
  • Control of zoonotic bacterial and viral pathogens in humans, livestock and foods
  • Ecology and role of bacteria harboring in the intestine of human and animal
Veterinary Ethology *1
  • Chemical communication via pheromones in mammalian species
  • Nature or nurture questions for the personality formation
  • Clinical studies in veterinary behavior medicine
Cellular Biochemistry *1
  • Studies on the molecular mechanisms underlying growth and differentiation of cell lineages
  • Elucidation of the role of genomic DNA methylation in the epigenetic control of cellular differentiation development
  • Investigation of molecular mechanism for the maintenance of totipotency and pluripotency in the stem cells, including ES, TS and EG cells
  • Risk assessment of endocrine chemical disruptors for mammalian development
Molecular Immunology *1
  • Immunopathological understanding of host-parasite relationship during protozoan diseases
  • Development of drugs, vaccines and diagnostics for parasitic diseases
  • Ecology and biology of sandflies as the vector for Leishmania
Applied Genetics *1
  • Studies on pathophysiological effects of low-radiation studies on lipid-signaling in inflammation (tumor, allergy, tissue regeneration)
Animal Radiology *1
  • Studies on pathophysiological effects of low radiation
  • Studies on lipid signaling in inflammation (tumors, allergies, and tissue regeneration)
Clinical Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Pathophysiology and Animal Health
  • Pathophysiology of circulation, respiration and autonomic nervous system
Veterinary Pathology
  • Comparative neuropathology
  • Comparative oncology
  • Experimental and toxicologic pathology
Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Molecular diagnostics of lymphoid and hematopoietic malignancies
  • Pathogenesis of inflammatory gastrointestinal (GI) and Liver diseases
  • Clinical application of acute phase proteins (APPs)
Veterinary Surgery
  • Biological and translational research of tumors in small animals
  • Regenerative therapy in veterinary medicine
  • Anesthetic/analgesic and perioperative management in small animals
Biomedical Science
  • Studies on viral infectious diseases in experimental animals
  • Establishment and analysis of animal model of diseases
Veterinary Clinical Pathobiology
  • Diagnosis and pathophysiology of central nervous system disorders
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic studies on Diabetes
  • Molecular basis of genetic disorders
Infection Control and Disease Prevention
  • Studies on pathogenesis of slow infection including viral cancer
  • Studies on pathogen detection methods
  • Studies on vaccine for controlling infectious diseases
Veterinary Emergency Medicine
  • Regeneration of bone tissues using artificial bone implants
  • Development of new treatment for osteoporosis
  • Biological effects of trehalose
Global Animal Resource Science *2
  • Veterinary epidemiology, import risk assessment of animals and animal products, food safety risk assessment
  • Vaccinology including mucosal delivary system, edible vaccines, immunogen formulation, and host immunity
Bio-Animal Science *3
Animal Life Science and Biotechnology
  • Safety and risk assessment of animal-derived foods including evaluation of radioactive contamination of livestock and livestock products due to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident
  • Studies on regulation of microbial infection by sterilization of compost using ultra high temperature aerobic bacterial fermentation
  • Studies on physiological characteristics of the ovary including research of molecular mechanism of oocyte selection in mammalian ovaries
  • Studies on nutritional effect of amino acids on infantile growth in farm animals
Food Safety and Science *4
Laboratory of Food-born Pathogenic Microbiology
  • Genome-wide screening for the virulence markers of Streptococcus suis
  • Surveillance of the Streptococcus suis virulent strains among healthy pigs and retail pork meat in Japan
  • Functional analysis of genetic regions associated with fimbriation in Streptococcus suis
  • Studies on the virulence mechanisms of Streptococcus gallolyticus of avian origin
  • Development of a rapid detection system for bacterial pathogens associated with food poisoning
Experimental Medicine *5
Laboratory Animal Research Center
  • Analysis of pathogenicity and species specificity of RNA viruses
  • Analysis of mechanisms of RNA virus persistent infection
  • Development of novel treatments for emerging lethal virus infections
  • Development of new recombinant vaccines
  • Development of recombinant viruses as oncolytic virotherapy agents

*1 Cooperative course. The laboratory and its staffs belong to Department of Animal Resource Sciences.
*2 Cooperative course. The laboratory and its staff belong to Department of Global Agricultural Scienecs.
*3 Cooperative course. The laboratory and its staffs belong to Animal Resource Science Center.
*4 Cooperative course. The laboratory and its staff belong to Research Center for Food Safety.
*5 Cooperative course. The laboratory and its staffs belong to the Institute of Medical Science.

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