Takashi Yamamura, the Director of the Department of Immunology, National Institute of Neuroscience, NCNP, was appointed the Director of Multiple Sclerosis Center, NCNP, in 2010. He graduated from the Kyoto University, Faculty of Medicine in 1980 and received the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Kyoto. He was trained at Max-Planck Society, Clinical Research Unit for MS, Germany, as a Recipient of Alexander von Humboldt fellowship and also worked at the Harvard Medical School as a Research Fellow. His main interests are the immunological pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica and development of new treatment options. He is an international advisory board member of International Society of Neuroimmunology (ISNI), and past Cochair of the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCiS) (2007). He also served as the Vice President of the 5th International Symposium on CD1/NKT cells (2009) and the Congress President for Japanese Society for Neuroimmunology in 2010. He has received a number of research grants as a Principal Investigator.
Biography Updated on 3 May 2011