Kouichi Hirayama was born in Sawara, Chiba, Japan, in 1965. He received the Medical degree and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan, in 1989 and 1999, respectively. Since 1989, Hirayama has been a Clinical Resident and a Clinical Fellow at the University of Tsukuba. In 1995, he was a Chief of Division of Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine at the Ibaraki Prefectural Central Hospital. From 1998 to 2004, Hirayama was an Assistant Professor of nephrology at the University of Tsukuba and an Assistant Professor of nephrology at the Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, the University of Tsukuba from 2004 to 2006. In 2006, he was an Assistant Professor of nephrology at the Tokyo Medical University Ibaraki Medical Center. Presently, he is an Associate Professor of nephrology at the Tokyo Medical University Ibaraki Medical Center. He is mainly interested in pathogenesis, immunopathology, diagnosis, and treatment of primary and secondary glomerulonephritis, particularly rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis, such as ANCA-associated vasculitis and anti-GBM disease. He was corecipient of the Scientific Award of the Ibaraki Medical Association, in 2010. Hirayama has been a Member for the Japanese Society of Internal Medicine, 1989, the Japanese Society of Clinical Immunology, 1989, the Japanese Society of Nephrology, 1991, the Japanese Society of Dialysis Therapy, 1991, the Japanese Society of Apheresis, 2004, the International Society of Nephrology, 1995, the European Renal Association/European Dialysis Transplantation Association, 1995, the National Kidney Foundation, 1995, and the American Society of Nephrology, 2010. He is a Member of the Scientific Board in the Japanese Society of Nephrology.
Biography Updated on 2 April 2011