Takashi Umemura was born in 1949 and graduated from the Veterinary School, Hokkaido University, Japan in 1973. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Hokkaido University in 1975 and 1982, respectively. He was the Professor of veterinary pathology at the Tottori University from 1988 to 1997, and Professor of comparative pathology at the Hokkaido University Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine from 1997. Umemura published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers on veterinary pathology. His major contributions to veterinary pathology concern mycoplasma hyorrhinis which is a primary pathogen for otitis media of pigs; chronic cadmium toxicosis which causes osteomalacia, tubular nephropathy, and renal anemia in various animals including monkeys without involvement of malnutrition or hypovitaminosis D; highly pathogenic H5 subtype avian influenza virus that invades the CNS via vagal nerve in mice; intrathecal immunization that completely prevents transneural spread of viruses, such as rabies virus, into the CNS. His ongoing researchs are focused on experimental reproduction of influenzal encephalopathy of childhood and development of therapeutic measures for rabies. Moreover, Umemura joined the Editorial Boards of Japanese Journal of Veterinary Science, Journal of the Japan Veterinary Medical Association (in term), Japanese Journal of Veterinary Research (in term), Journal of Toxicologic Pathology, and Journal of Comparative Pathology (in term).
Biography Updated on 14 April 2009