Kan Shimpo was born in 1952, and he graduated from the School of Health Sciences, Fujita Health University, Toyoake, Japan, with a B.S. degree in medical technology in 1975. He then obtained a Ph.D. degree from the Institute for Comprehensive Medical Science, Fujita Health University in 1985. He started his research career as a Scientist at the Institute for Comprehensive Medical Science and Institute of Pharmacognosy at the University. Thereafter, he became Associate Professor of Fujita Memorial Institute of Pharmacognosy. The Institute was then reorganized to become the Fujita Memorial Nanakuri Institute, and he was promoted to Professor in 2004. At present, the Institute is comprised of two division systems, and Shimpo is a Professor at the Division of Biochemistry. He has been interested in pharmacognosy and food function, especially with respect to the pharmacological and therapeutic effects of the Liliaceae plants, such as aloe and garlic, acting as cancer chemopreventive agents. So far, he has authored and/or coauthored over 100 papers in scientific journals and chapters in books, including texts written in Japanese. He is a Member of the Japanese Cancer Association, Japanese Association for Cancer Prevention, Japanese Society of Nutrition and Food Science, and Japanese Society for Medical Use of Functional Foods (JSMUFF). He is a councilor of JSMUFF (2004).
Biography Updated on 5 September 2011