Division and Department

Department of Anatomy

Hiroshi ABE, M.D. & Ph.D.

A Greeting from the Professor

We faithfully devote ourselves to anatomical research and education. We've been carrying out microscopic and macroscopic science projects concerning:

i) Localization of bioactive substances

Tissue and cellular localizations of bioactive substances, and their dynamic changes in developmental and functional status, are good evidence of their physiological and/or pathological functional roles in vivo. We are currently concentrating on the identification of tissue-specific physiological subunits of ATP-sensitive potassium channels, and cellular and intracellular localization of epidermal fatty acid biding protein in Peyer's patches in mice.

ii) Variation research

Relationships between one structure and another are established in the early developmental stages. Thus, variations themselves and their frequencies are considered to be good evidence for explaining developmental processes of human organs. Currently, In addition to a regular variation frequency study, we are concentrating on arterial branching in coronary and bronchial arteries.
We also provide undergraduate and/or postgraduate students with the opportunity to learn the anatomical basis of clinical practice. We offer the following three dissection classes for this purpose: (1) gross anatomy, (2) neuroanatomy, (3) advanced anatomy: understanding of the specific organs and/or tissues.

We are also ready to begin new research projects for undergraduate and postgraduate students.


Hiroshi ABE, M.D. & Ph.D.

Associate Professor:
Ryoji SUZUKI, M.D. & Ph.D.

Assistant Professor:
Akimitu ISHIZAWA, Ph.D.
Ming ZHOU, M.D. & Ph.D.

Yoshinori KANATSU

Research Areas

  1. Physiological and/or pathological functions of bioactive substances by spatiotemporal expression analysis.
    1. Identification of tissue specific physiological subunits of ATP-sensitive potassium channel.
    2. Cellular and intracellular localization analysis of epidermal fatty acid biding protein in mouse Peyer's patches.
  2. Developmental processes of human organs by variation analysis.
    1. Coronary arterial and venous branching analysis.
    2. Bronchial artery branching analysis.

Contact Information

Professor Hiroshi ABE, M.D. & Ph.D.
1-1-1 Hondo, Akita, 010-8543, Japan
Phone: +81-18-884-6053
Fax: +81-18-884-6440
E-mail: abe@med.akita-u.ac.jp