Department of Global Healthcare



























Professor: CAAVEIRO Jose, Ph.D.


Junior Associate Professor: YANAKA Saeko, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor: YAMASHITA Tomohiro, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor: SENOO Akinobu, Ph.D.



Graduate Students


SHIOMI Toshiki, M1

YASUDA Tomonori, M1



Undergraduate Students

KOSEKI Yuuki, B4

YAWATA Kazuma, B4


TAGAWA Jumpei, B4




SEKI Kanta, B3










Research summary

The laboratory of Global Healthcare consolidates the international standing of the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and catalyzes the emergence of next-generation students with a deeper understanding of global issues. We study various diseases and maladies of widespread prevalence across the world, such as chronic pain, neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, and infectious diseases. Moreover, we investigate, design, and develop the future generation of pharmaceutical products to combat human disease and suffering. These products include not only novel chemical compounds and drugs, but also new modalities of antibodies as well as original vaccination strategies. We employ state-of-the-art molecular and structural technologies to understand the basic principles of disease, which are used as the basis to elaborate novel therapeutic solutions.






Department of Global Healthcare

Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Kyushu University

3-1-1 Maidashi, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka-shi, 812-8582




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