Kiminobu Sugaya was raised in Yokohama, Japan. He studied pharmacology at the Science University of Tokyo, where he earned a B.S. degree, an M.S. degree, and a Ph.D. degree. Sugaya received a postdoctoral training from Dr. Ezio Giacobini, who built the base for the current cholinesterase Alzheimer’s disease therapies, at the Southern University of Illinois from 1988 to 1989, where he elegantly showed how a certain type of cholinergic receptor is reduced in Alzheimer’s disease. After the postdoctoral training, he worked 3 years as a lecturer in his alma mater since he received a grant from the Japanese government to set up a new institute. Sugaya then moved to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville in 1992, where he expanded his research with molecular biological techniques and introduced the hypothesis of glial activation as a mechanism of neurodegenerative. There, he finished his postdoctoral training and became an Assistant Professor of pharmacology and an Associate Consultant. His article was the front page of Molecular Brain Research. Sugaya was then transferred to the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago in 1997, where he became the Associate Professor of Physiology, Biophysics, Ophthalmology, and Bioengineering. He has further expanded his research area to the biology of neural stem cell (NSC) and published a study, which was the first demonstration of the possible use of stem cell to treat age-associated memory problems. A few years later, Sugaya accepted a position at the University of Central Florida as a Fulltime Professor in 2004. He continues to have interests in treating neurodegenerative diseases using stem cell technologies. His laboratory in Burnett School of Biomedical Science, College of Medicine, focuses on neurodegenerative disease treatments using the patient’s own stem cells. One is to produce brain cells from the patient own adult stem cells, and another is to increase endogenous stem cell by systemic administration of a drug.
Biography Updated on 30 July 2012