Division and Department

Department of Forensic Sciences

A Greeting from the Professor

The Department of Forensic Sciences contributes to society through the provision of forensic services in Akita Prefecture. One of the main services we carry out is approximately 200~250 annual autopsy cases (suspicious deaths), including some criminal cases. And we conduct postmortem CT scan befor dissection with all cases. We are also in charge of the examination of living persons (crime victims, abused children, and so on), and the collation of dental charts and radiographs for identification purposes.

In addition to the service work we undertake, we are also involved in the teaching of forensic medicine and science to undergraduates and postgraduates. For undergraduates, we adopt a small-group instruction approach, and we engage in lecture-based teaching for large groups of students. We hope to encourage talented persons to become forensic medicine specialists in the future by going on to postgraduate work.

Our main research themes are forensic pathology, forensic odontology, and clinical forensic medicine. The research activities in which we are involved have developed primarily from, and in conjunction with, our forensic service work. This research includes the study of the correlation between cytokines and traumatic severity, and developing a method for objectively diagnosing the age of a bruise with the aim of preventing child abuse and neglect.


Sohtaro MIMASAKA, M.D.& Ph.D.

Research Areas

  1. Forensic Pathology
  2. Traumatic Shock
  3. Forensic Odontology
  4. Clinical Forensic Medicine
  5. Child Abuse and Neglect
  6. Postmortem Imaging

Contact Information

Professor Sohtaro MIMASAKA, M.D.,Ph.D.
1-1-1 Hondo, Akita 010-8543, Japan
Phone: +81-18-884-6094
Fax: +81-18-836-2610
E-mail: mimasaka@med.akita-u.ac.jp