About Kawashima Laboratory
The Brain Forum 2016
Tohoku University Smart Aging College Tokyo (SACT)
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Our laboratory is consisted by three departments; Advanced Brain Science, Development Cognitive Neuroscience, and Ubiquitous Sensing. Researchers in our kaboratory have a variety of backgrounds including medicine, science, life science, engineering, pharmacy, linguistics, pedagogy, and the arts, and work energetically on a wide range of studies of brain science, from brain dynamics research, which is designed to determine the metabolism and circulation of brain cells in small animals, to functional brain imaging research, which creates images of the working of the mind, to social technology study, which applies the findings of these studies to educational and welfare fields. We hope that many motivated students and researchers will join our team.

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Comment from Prof. Kawashima

In this April, Professor Sugiura directs a new department, so that our new department has resized and restarted. Indeed, I believe it is an extremely good opportunity to accelerate outstanding researches, since our laboratory become plenty good size. Although, we are proud of ourselves that the cognitive brain science researches, which investigate neural correlates related to human higher cognitive functions using fMRI, the brain plasticity researches, which investigate changes of brain structures and cognitive functions using structural MRI and animal MRI, and the cognitive development researches, which investigate brain and cognitive development for healthy children as well as for children with developmental disorder, have been progressing satisfactorily. In our brain plasticity and cognitive development researches, we have been using analysis on polymorphism, e.g. BDNF, and proteomics. We also are proud that wide range of researches, from basic molecular to social sciences, has been doing within one laboratory. We hope many students and young researchers will join our team to expand our neuroscience researches.

2016/5/29 The following paper has been published: Nozawa et al. "Interpersonal frontopolar neural synchronization in group communication: an exploration toward fNIRS hyperscanning of natural interactions" NeuroImage, 133C, 484-497 (2016).
2015/11/4 The following paper has been published; Sato C. et al., Postoperative Structural Brain Changes and Cognitive Dysfunction in Patients with Breast Cancer, PLoS ONE 10(11): e0140655. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0140655
2015/7/2 Doctoral student Mr. Kai WANG win the incentive award of the 17th Japan Human Brain Mapping Society
2015/5/11 The following paper has been published; Sekiguchi A. et al., Resilience after 3/11: Structural brain changes 1 year after the Japanese Earthquake,Molecular Psychiatry,20: 552–554, 2015
2015/1/13 The following paper has been published; Jeong H. et al., Neural correlates of second-language communication and the effect of language anxiety. Neuropsychologia,2015, 66: 182-192.
2015/1/5 Prof. Sekiguchi win the silver prize in the scholarship award of Tohoku university school of medicine
2014/12/24 The following paper has been published; Kawashima et al., SAIDO Learning as a Cognitive Intervention for Dementia Care: A Preliminary Study. JAMDA 16:56-42, 2015