Division and Department

Department of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Medicine

Hiroshi ITO

A Greeting from the Professor

Our department has two divisions, Cardiovascular Medicine and Respiratory Medicine. Cardiovascular Medicine is concerned with advancing knowledge of a variety of cardiovascular diseases, such as ischemic heart diseases, heart failure, arrhythmias, and cardiomyopathies. Respiratory Medicine provides the highest medical services for lung cancer, pneumonia, allergic diseases and so on. In addition to our high-grade clinical activities, we are also performing clinical and basic research related to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. These range from large-scale clinical studies to basic research in molecular biology. Please check our bibliography. Many foreign students from China, Serbia, Belarus, and so on, have worked in our department, and we welcome additional researchers from all over the world.


Hiroshi ITO

Associate Professor:

Masaaki SANO
Kenji IINO
Kazuhiro SATO

Research Areas

Cardiovascular Medicine
  1. Autophagy and Apoptosis in Cardiomyocytes
  2. Transient Receptor Potential Canonicals (TRPCs) in the Development of Cardiac Hypertrophy
  3. Involvement of TRPC1 in Angiotensin II-induced Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Hypertrophy
  4. Membrane Protein of Store-Operated Ca2+ Channels and Cardiac Diseases
  5. Endothelial Dysfunction: Remodeling of Ionic Channel in Coronary Endothelial Cells
  6. Redox Sensor in Endothelial Cells
  7. Molecular and Electrical Remodeling in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation
  8. Association between obesity and Plasma B-type Natriuretic Peptide Levels
  9. Cardiac Function in Renal Transplant Recipient
  10. Coronary Flow Reserve in Patients with Ischemic Heart Disease
  11. Nuclear Cardiology: Diastolic Dysfunction
  12. Sleep Apnea Syndrome and Heart Failure
Respiratory Medicine
  1. Autonomic Nervous System in Patients with COPD
  2. Right Heart Function in Patients with COPD
  3. Role of TRP Channel in Lung Cancer Cells
  4. Role of TRP Channel in Patients with Bronchial Asthma
  5. Endothelial Progenitor Cells (EPC) in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Contact Information

Lecturer Kenji IINO, M.D. & Ph.D.
1-1-1 Hondo, Akita, 010-8543, Japan
Phone: +81-18-884-6110
Fax: +81-18-834-8619
E-mail: iinoint@doc.med.akita-u.ac.jp