Department of Anatomy

Head of the Office: Nobuko Tokuda MD, PhD

Message from the Head of the Office

     We would like to contribute to medicine by fostering knowledgeable and compassionate medical and nursing students, and by conducting a medical research concerning the immune and nervous systems. Our research aims to clarify the functions of cells of the immune cell system and cells of the nervous system, which will lead to early detection of diseases and new treatment methods.


1. Anatomy education based on the dignity of life
      Through learning based on the spirit of body donation, students will be educated so that they can understand the human body in a holistic and comprehensive manner. In addition, we foster students' ability to relate basic knowledge to clinical practice.

2. Research of immune and nervous system
      We focus on the in vivo response of immune and nervous system cells and the mutual response of the immune and nervous system. By analyzing disease models using various morphological methods, we aim to elucidate the causes of diseases and establish examination methods and treatment methods.

 3. Education
School of Medicine:

1st year Introduction to Anatomy
Osteology and Myology
Introduction to Histology
Human Embryology
To develop career plans for young doctors
to help them survive in the coming era  
2nd year Anatomy I
Anatomy II
Basic Neuroscience
Gross Anatomy Dissections
Microscopic Anatomy
Brain Practice
3rd year Advanced Anatomy

School of Nursing:

1st year Anatomy

Nursing School Affiliated to Dokkyo Medical University:

1st year Anatomy

Research Field

  • Analysis of the effects of lipids on the immune response
  •  Identification of intestinal-specific exosomes and analysis of their role in intestinal immunity and enteropathy
  •  Elucidation of antibody production mechanism by allogeneic reaction and dynamics of mature B cells
  •  Analysis of the role of thymic microstructure in T cell generation
  •  Analysis of the microenvironment in the transplant immune response
  •  Development of new immunosuppressive methods and vaccines that apply cell dynamics
  •  Analysis of oxidative stress mechanism and central / peripheral immune crosstalk in neurodegenerative diseases
  •  Analysis of the nucleus in the central nervous system by histochemical methods and elucidation of the control mechanism at the cellular level
  •  Evaluation of the anatomical and functional role in the brain with patients and healthy subjects

Academic Society Activities

The Japanese Association of Anatomy
Japanese Society of Immunology
The Japanese Society of Lymphology
The Japanese Society for Molecular Cell Biology of Macrophages
The Japan Neuroscience Society
Society for Neuroscience
Japan Society of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry
The Japanese Society for Regenerative Medicine
The Molecular Biology Society of Japan
The Japan Society for Transplantation
The Japan Society for Organ Preservation and Biology
Co-medical Research Society of Structure and Function
Dokkyo Medical Society


Professor: Nobuko Tokuda, MD, PhD
Associate Professor: Hisashi Ueta, PhD
Associate Professor: Ayuka Ehara, PhD
Senior Assistant Professor: Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi, PhD
Assistant Professor: Atsumichi Tachibana, PhD
Assistant Professor: Yusuke Kitazawa, PhD
Assistant Professor: Yasushi Sawanobori, PhD

Characteristics of the section

      We are conducting joint research with many universities in Japan and overseas. If you are interested in our research, please contact us.

     Currently, joint research is being carried out at the following universities; Yale School of Medicine, Tohoku University School of Medicine, Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University School of Medicine, Jichi Medical University, Meikai University School of Dentistry, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (University of Tokyo), National Center for Child Health and Development, Meiji University, Yamaguchi Prefectural University.


Department of Anatomy
Dokkyo Medical University
Kitakobayashi 880, Mibu, Shimotsuga, Tochigi, 321-0293 Japan