Our interests

Disorders in the brain

Pathology underlying the mental and neurological diseases revealed by molecular analyses

Biomedical engineering

Novel microscopes and devices for structural and functional analyses

Internationality

We welcome the grad students and research collaboration all over the world

Lab members

Researchers

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Hidenori Aizawa

Professor

Mental disorders, Molecular biology, Neurophysiology

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Deepa Kamath Kasaragod

Assistant professor

Optics, Microscopy, Imaging

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Takashi Handa

Assistant professor

Electrophysiology, Two photon microscopy, Animal behaviors

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Miho Matsumata

Assistant professor

Animal behavior, Genetic manipulation, Neurobiology

Grad Students

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Hiroshi Giga

Grad Student

Critical Care, Sepsis, Neuroinflammation

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Kazuya Kikutani

Grad Student

Critical Care, Sepsis, Neuroinflammation

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Mayeso Naomi Gwedela

Grad Student

Epilepsy, Zebrafish, Herbal medicine

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Wanqin Tan

Grad Student

Genetics, Neural circuit, Histology

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Haruhi Terai

Grad Student

Neural development, Spreading depression, Migraine

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Meina Zhu

Grad Student

Neurology, Basal ganglia, Circulation

Administration

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Yuka Ishimaru

Assistant

Molecular biology, Mouse genetics

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Nobuhiro Nakatani

Technical staff

Histology, Acrylic handicraft

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Fumie Nishimura

Assistant

Lab management, Mouse genetics

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Saori Okamura

Assistant

Mouse behavior, Genetics, Histology

Visitors

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Hidenori Takemoto

Visitors

Rehabilitation, Imaging, Histology

Alumni

Wanpeng Cui

Assistant professor

Monoamines, Glia, Depression

Hikaru Ito

Assistant professor

Cell biology, Neuroinflammation, Glia

Takashi Nakano

Assistant professor

Monoamines, Data science, Computational neuroscience

Kanako Nozaki

Reseaerch scientist

Neuroinflammation, Stress, Depression

Hidenori Aizawa

Hidenori Aizawa

Professor

Department of Neurobiology, Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Hiroshima University

Principal investigator

Dr. Aizawa is the Professor of the Department of Neurobiology, Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Hiroshima University. After training as a psychiatrist, Dr. Aizawa completed his Ph.D in Neuroanatomy at Chiba University. He joined Hitoshi Okamoto’s lab in RIKEN Brain Science Institute as a research scientist as well as deputy lab head and found evolutionarily conserved habenular pathways in vertebrate brain. He moved to the study on a role of the habenula in depression at Tokyo Medical and Dental University and Hiroshima University. His research interests include the molecular machinery underlying the pathophysiology of psychiatric and neurologic disorders.

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Interests

  • Mental disorders
  • Molecular biology
  • Neurophysiology

Education

  • PhD in Medicine, 2003

    Chiba University

  • MD, 1998

    Yamagata University

Recent Posts

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New publication on spreading depression implicated in migraine and stroke

We recently publish a paper on a role of glutamate metabolism in modulation of spreading depression which has been reported in the brain with neurological disorders such as migraine.

International collaboration

With the international background in Hiroshima University, our lab encourages the students and researcher to develop their careers by scholarship and grants.

Scholarship supporting the graduate course in Hiroshima

Our lab currently work with six graduate students in total. Scholarship and support by the university primarily allow them to concentrate on their own project for the theses. We were

New publication on a role of human habenula in learning

Habenula is an evolutionarily conserved structure in the brain and regulates the central monoaminergic metabolism. Despite a surge of interest on the habenula in neuroscience, function of the human habenula

Dogwood blooms

We don’t see undergraduate students recently in the campus due to the COVID-19, and it is a pity not to see newcomers in this April. Dogweed bloom in front of

Research

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Habenula Project

Study upon a role of the habenula regulating monoamines metabolism in depression

Spreading Depression Project

What happens when you meet brain injury? Spreading killer waves of neural excitation is under investigation.

Medicinal Herbs Project

Pharmacological effect of medicinal herbs in Malawi is examined using zebrafish as a model.

Manupulation of the neural circuit

Genetics allows the activation and inhibition of the specific cell types and pathway to disentangle the pathophysiology underlying psychiatric and neurological disorders.

Animal models for disorders in the brain

Animal models for the human disease is dispensable for molecular and cellular analysis for development of the novel diagnostics and therapeutics.

3D Microscopy Project

We are developing the fluorescent microscope which allows us to reveal the neural structure three-dimensionally.

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