Akio Inui

Kagoshima University, Japan


Akio Inui is a Professor and the Chairman of the Department of Behavioral Medicine, Kagoshima University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Kagoshima, Japan. Dr Inui completed his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at Kobe University, Kobe, Japan. In 1984, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the same university and became an Associate Professor in 1998. Between 1985 and 1989, Dr Inui also served as a chief physician of Medical Ward at Kobe University Hospital. Since 2001, he has been engaged as an Associate Professor at the Division of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the Department of Clinical Molecular Medicine at Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine. Dr Inui is recognized for his studies in elucidating the role of gut-brain peptides in the regulation of gastrointestinal motility, feeding, and body weight, and the identification of the ghrelinneuropeptide Y pathway from stomach to brain in the pathogenesis of obesity and cachexia. Dr Inui belongs to the Professional Societies American Gastroenterological Association, American Physiological Society, American Diabetic Association, and the American Endocrine Society. Dr Inui received the 3rd Annual Award of the Japanese Society for the Study of Obesity in 1997, the 1st Ikemi Award of the Japanese Society of Psychosomatic Medicine in 2003, the Jannssen Award of the American Gastroenterological Association in 2004. Moreover, he is a Member of the Editorial Boards of Peptides, Nutrition, the International Journal of Oncology, Current Nutrition and Food Sciences, Recent Patents on CNS Drug Discovery, Biopsychosocial Medicine, and World Journal of Gastroenterology, and previously also the International Journal of Molecular Medicine. His efforts are now focused on translational research on peptides that bridges the gap between basic and clinical disciplines for better understanding and management of human behavioral disorders, including obesity, cancer cachexia, and eating disorders. In addition, he has more than 200 peer-reviewed publications including the following reviews that well depict his area of interest: “Ghrelin: an orexigenic and somatotrophic signal from the stomach,” “Obesity—a chronic health problem in cloned mice?,” and “Ghrelin, appetite, and gastric motility: the emerging role of the stomach as an endocrine organ.”

Biography Updated on 29 March 2009

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