The Department of Physiology 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. The department started to oversee education in all field of medical physiology since 2020.
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 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.
Technical Assistant, Research Center for Advanced Medical Science
Dokkyo PhD course
Dokkyo Saitama PhD course, Child Development and Psychosomatic Medicine Center
Research and Review Articles (selected)
・Koganemaru, S., Kitatani, R., Fukushima-Maeda, A., Mikami, Y., Okita, Y., Matsuhashi, M., Ohata, K., Kansaku, K., Mima, T. Gait-synchronized rhythmic brain stimulation improves post-stroke gait disturbance: a pilot study. Stroke, 50(11):3205-3212, 2019. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.119.025354.
・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. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-35211-y.
・Halder S, Takano T, Kansaku K. Comparison of four control methods for a five-choice assistive technology. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2018 12:228. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2018.00228.
・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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.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. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-20125-6.
・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. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2017.10.044.
・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. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2018.03.051.
・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. doi: 10.1088/1741-2552/aa525f.
・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. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3006-15.2016.
・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. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2014.12.010.
・Kansaku, K. (Ed) Neuroprosthetics in systems neuroscience and medicine; Guest Edited Collections of Scientific Reports, Springer Nature, (under editing; go.nature.com/neuroprosthetics)．
・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)
Change of sensorimotor environment and the patients’ brain”
Thursday, December 19, 2019
“Dynamic brain maps in phantom pain and implications for treatment”
Herta Flor, PhD
Professor, Department of Cognitive and Clinical….
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…
Friday, March 22, 2019
“Time in the brain.”
Shigeru Kitazawa, MD, PhD
Professor, Dynamic Brain Network Laboratory, Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences/ Department of Brain Physiology, Graduate School of Medicine,
Osaka University, Osaka, Japan
Rm 325/ Basic Res Bldg, Dokkyo Medical University
Department of Physiology,
Dokkyo Medical University School of Medicine
880 Kitakobayashi, Mibu, Shimotsuga,
Tochigi 321-0293, Japan
e-mail: dokkyo-physiol2 (at mark) dokkyomed.ac.jp