Team Leader: Hiroaki Iwata,
It has been over two years since I returned to Japan. It seems I’ve used up all the “topics” I stocked up on abroad. I’m eager to obtain research funds in my own right and to pro-duce results from here on in. This laboratory is blessed with able people who contribute to the research environment. Drs. Nishie, Ujiie and Natsuga provide me useful advice. I’m able to work with graduate students and lab techs. This spring, I started a research project with Dr. Mayumi Kamaguchi, a graduate student in the School of Dentistry. Three doctors from the Department of Oral Medicine had done research in the Department of Dermatology and had completed their studies. We’re determined to follow the example of these three doctors and produce interesting results. Autoimmune bullous diseases are frequently accompanied by lesions in the oral cavity; therefore, we’re planning to explore these diseases from the perspectives of dermatology and oral medicine. Lab technician Mika Tanabe assists me in perform-ing large numbers of experiments. I appreciate her reliable, efficient work.
I’d like to deepen research on how cells take in COL17 in bullous pemphigoid, which was an opportunity for me to start researching. This year, I also started preparing for research on epidermolysis bullosa acquisita, which I researched abroad. Few researchers and universities in Japan forcus on this disorder. I’ll try hard and explore the areas where I am able to take an active role. This year, I’ll do my best to knock my first project into shape, work I started after arriving at Hokkaido University.
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