Prof. Takashi Yamamura MD, PhD

1984: M.D. – Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University
1991: Ph.D. – Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University

Professional Training and Employment:
1980: Passed the Examination of National Board
1980-1981: Resident; Department of Neurology and Geriatrics, Kyoto University
1981-1984: Medical Staff; Department of Neurology, Sumitomo Hospital
1984-1987: Research fellow; National Institute of Neuroscience, NNCP, Tokyo
1987-1989: Visiting fellow; Max-Planck Society, Wurzburg, Germany – (Recipient of Alexander von Humboldt scholarship)
1989-1990: Research fellow; Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
1990-1999: Section Chief; Department of Demyelinating Disease & Aging, National Institute of Neuroscience, NCNP, Tokyo
1999- : Head; Department of Immunology, National Institute of Neuroscience, NCNP, Tokyo
2010- : Director, Multiple Sclerosis Center, NCNP
2016- : Director, National Institute of Neuroscience, NCNP

Activities in Scientific Societies:
Co-Chair; Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCiS) 2007, San Diego, USA
Congress President; Japanese Society of Neuroimmunology 2010, Tokyo
Chair; Neuroimmunology Kyoto Conference 2010, Kyoto
Congress President; Japanese Society of Clinical Immunology 2013, Shimonoseki
Program Committee Chair, 8th International Congress of Neuroimmunology
International Advisory Board Member, International Society of Neuroimmunology (ISNI)
Director; Japanese Society of Neuroimmunology
Director; Japanese Society of Clinical Immunology
Elected Member; Japanese Society of Neurology
Elected Member; Japanese Society of Immunology

Editorial Board and Review:
Associate Editor; Clinical and Experimental Neuroimmunology
Editorial Board Member; Therapeutic advances in Neurological Disorders
Editorial Board Member; Immunotherapy

Ad Hoc Reviewer for: Nature, Nature Comm, J. Exp. Med, Trends Immunol, Blood, Brain, Ann Neurol, JAMA Neurol., J. Immunol., Eur. J. Immunol., Int. Immunol., and other international journals

Major Research Interest:

  1. Translational research of neuroimmunological disorders
  2. Autoimmune-mediated pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis and related disorders
  3. NKT cell targeting therapy of autoimmune diseases
  4. Regulation of autoimmunity

Author of more than 150 papers published in peer-reviewed journals, including Nature, Nature Immunology, Nature Comm, JCI, Brain, PNAS, Trends Immunol, and of more than 200 review articles and book chapters, related to multiple sclerosis and Neuroimmunology.

Associate Editor for the Book entitled “Multiple Sclerosis Immunology” from Springer (2012).