Our Department

The Department of Physiology and Biological Information is part of the School of Medicine at Dokkyo Medical University (DMU). The department started as Physiology (II) in 1973, and it has overseen education and research in the field of neurophysiology. The department has been led by Dr. Kenji Kansaku since 2018.
   Dr. Kansaku started his career as a neurosurgeon, and throughout his neurosurgical residency, he observed that impaired brain function caused critical problems. Therefore, he decided that physicians should understand human brain function scientifically to overcome these problems. Since 1997, he has conducted neurophysiology/systems neuroscience research at four government institutes: three in Japan (AIST, NIPS/NINS, NRCD) and one in the US (NINDS/NIH). This research has involved close collaborations between neurophysiologists/systems neuroscientists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, psychologists, information scientists, and engineers. In 2018, he joined DMU as a professor and became chair of the department.
   The main goal of the Department of Physiology and Biological Information is to overcome problems caused by impaired brain function. To this end, our department pursues neurophysiology/systems neuroscience research to understand brain function and also to apply scientific knowledge to medical practice. We focus on the representation of abstract concepts such as “time, space, and number” or “body image and sense of self”, as well as practical neuroprosthetics. Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches are taken in the department.


Kenji Kansaku

Professor and Chair

Satoko Koganemaru

Associate Professor

Teruyuki Fukushima

Associate Professor

Eiko Kato


Toshimitsu Takahashi
Dr Eng

Assistant Professor

Soichiro Fujiki

Assistant Professor

Shiho Tanaka

Technical Assistant

Yusuke Uchiyama
Dr Eng

Dokkyo PhD course

Visiting Members
Toshihiro Kawase

Visiting Researcher [TMDU/TITEC]

Kenji Kawano

Professor Emeritus at Kyoto Univ

Uka Takanori

Professor at Yamanashi Univ

Masanori Matsuzaki

Professor at Univ of Tokyo

Selected Publications

Research and Review Articles

・Okahara Y, Takano K, Nagao M, Kondo K, Iwadate Y, Birbaumer N, Kansaku K. Long-term use of a neural prosthesis in progressive paralysis. Scientific Reports, 2018 8:16787.
・Halder S, Takano T, Kansaku K. Comparison of four control methods for a five-choice assistive technology. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2018 12:228.
・Sato Y, Kawase T, Takano K, Spence C, Kansaku K. Body ownership and agency altered by an electromyographically-controlled robotic arm. Royal Society Open Science, 2018 5(5): 172170.
・Utsumi K, Takano K, Okahara Y, Komori T, Onodera O, Kansaku K. Operation of a P300-based brain-computer interface in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Scientific Reports, 2018 8:1753.
・Takemura Y, Kobayashi S, Kato E, Yamaguchi S, Hori Y. Peripheral nerve injury-induced rearrangement of neural circuit in the spinal dorsal horn revealed by cross-correlation analysis. Neuroscience Letter. 2018 1;662:259-263.
・Koganemaru S, Mikami Y, Maezawa H, Ikeda S, Ikoma K, Mima T. Neurofeedback Control of the Human GABAergic System Using Non-invasive Brain Stimulation. Neuroscience. 2018 1;380:38-48.
・Kawase T, Sakurada T, Koike Y, Kansaku K. A hybrid BMI-based exoskeleton for paresis: EMG control for assisting arm movements. Journal of Neural Engineering, 2017 14(1):016015.
・Wada M, Takano K, Ora H, Ide M, Kansaku K. The rubber tail illusion as evidence of body ownership in mice. The Journal of Neuroscience, 2016 36(43):11133-11137.
・Sakurada T, Kawase T, Komatsu T, Kansaku K. Use of high-frequency visual stimuli above the critical flicker frequency in a SSVEP-based BMI. Clinical Neurophysiology, 2015 126: 1972-1978.
・Matsuzawa R, Fujiwara T, Nemoto K, Fukushima T, Yamaguchi S, Akagawa K, Hori Y. Presynaptic inhibitory actions of pregabalin on excitatory transmission in superficial dorsal horn of mouse spinal cord: further characterization of presynaptic mechanisms. Neuroscience Letter. 2014 13;558:186-91.


・Kansaku, K., Cohen L.G., Birbaumer, N. (Eds) Clinical Systems Neuroscience, Springer, 2015. (ISBN: 978-4431550365)
・Kansaku, K., Cohen L.G. (Eds) Systems Neuroscience and Rehabilitation, Springer, 2011. (ISBN: 978-4431539988)

Event Information

2nd Dokkyo Neurophysiology Seminar

“Artificial intelligence, brain and medicine”

Saturday, July 6, 2019
“Artificial Intelligence and Neurophysiology: Modeling visual information processing in brain for Brain-Machine Interface systems”
Ryusuke Hayashi, PhD
Senior Researcher, Human Informatics Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Ibaraki, Japan

“Applications of AI in medical image processing”
Hayaru Shouno, PhD
Professor, Graduate School of Informatics and Engineering, The University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan


Contact Information

Department of Physiology and Biological Information,
Dokkyo Medical University School of Medicine.

880 Kitakobayashi, Mibu, Shimotsuga,
Tochigi 321-0293, Japan

Ph: +81-282-86-1111
Fx: +81-282-86-2011
e-mail: dokkyo-physiol2 (at mark) dokkyomed.ac.jp

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