Osamu Ohtani was born in Okayama, Japan, in 1947. He graduated from Okayama University Medical School, in Okayama, Japan, in 1975, and received his Ph.D. degree from Okayama University in 1979. He became an Assistant Professor of anatomy at Okayama University Medical School in 1979 and promoted to a Lecturer in 1980. In 1981 and 1982, he worked as a Senior Demonstrator at the Department of Human Morphology in Flinders University Medical School in South Australia. In 1983, he resumed his position at Okayama University. He promoted to an Associate Professor of anatomy at Okayama University Medical School in 1983. In 1990, he became a Chairman and a Professor of the Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine in Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University. In October 2005, Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University was integrated with Toyama University and Takaoka National College into the University of Toyama. Accordingly, he became a Professor of anatomy, Faculty of Medicine in University of Toyama in 2005. He received The Professor Porter Carl Zeiss Award at the occasion of XIII Federative International Congress of Anatomy held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, in 1989. He published many papers on the blood and lymphatic microvascular architecture of a large variety of organs and tissues. He currently teaches gross anatomy to medical students, and his life work is to unravel mysteries of blood and lymphatic vessels. He is a Managing Editor of Anatomical Science International and a Member of the Editorial Board of Cells Tissues Organs. He is also the Vice President of National Confederation of Anatomy Body Donation.
Biography Updated on 21 December 2009