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Updated : July 21, 2021

Department of Anatomy Ⅱ


Akio Wanaka (Professor)
Kouko Tatsumi (Associate Professor)
Tatsuhide Tanaka (Lecturer)
Ayami Isonishi (Assistant Professor)


We are working in the neuroscience research field. We focus on the functions of glial cells and vascular cells that support and modulate neuronal activities under physiological and pathological conditions. Behavioral studies using transgenic and knockout mice, histological analyses, optogenetics, and biochemical and molecular biological experiments are main tools that we employ to reach the goal. Main research subjects are 1) Morphological plasticity and functions of astrocytes in the globus pallidus with special reference to Parkinson’s disease. 2) Gliotransmitter functions in neuron-astrocyte interactions. 3) Neuro-immune interactions in pain sensation.


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