Division and Department

Department of Clinical Oncology

Hiroyuki SHIBATA, M.D. & Ph. D.

A Greeting from the Professor

Nearly one-half of men and one-third of women in Japan experience some form of malignant disease during their life-span. In fact, cancer has been the number one cause of death over the last 30 years. Chemotherapy and palliative care are often the only ways to care for patients suffering from advanced cancers. However, the benefits obtained from medicinal treatment are still limited. We must therefore continue making efforts to develop new chemotherapy strategies. These include a better understanding of cancer biology, discovering the molecular targets, and synthesizing new agents. We must improve our knowledge and acquire new treatment skills, which are indeed progressing today without rest. The missions of our department include educating undergraduate and graduate students to become clinical oncologists: physicians who study and treat cancer. Quality patient care is also a mission. We strive to provide the most suitable treatment for patients. As cancer is a systemic disease, treatment of advanced cancer needs a multidisciplinary approach. Akita University Hospital is a highly organized hospital composed of a large number of clinical faculties in clinical and basic studies, which helps us pursue our goal of raising the next generation of researchers and medical providers. Although our department was established very recently – in February, 2009 – we have lofty goals and we are determined to achieve them.


Hiroyuki SHIBATA, M.D. & Ph. D.

Project Assistant Professor:
Masahiro Inoue, M.D. & Ph. D.

Graduate Student:
Koji Fukuda, M.D.
Kazuhiro Shimazu, M.D.

Research Areas

  1. Molecular carcinogenesis of the gastrointestinal tract
  2. Molecular function of cancer-related genes (such as APC, TP53)
  3. Molecular diagnosis of cancer or the therapeutic effects of drugs
  4. Development of new drugs (synthetic curcumin analogs)
  5. Clinical studies

Contact Information

1-1-1 Hondo, Akita, 010-8543, Japan
Phone: +81-18-884-6261/6262
FAX: +81-18-884-6455
E-mail: hiroyuki@med.akita-u.ac.jp (H.S.)
kaz@med.akita-u.ac.jp (K.O.)