Research Activities

Although ophthalmology is considered a field where patients are often happy with their treatment, there is no concrete treatment approach for hereditary eye diseases including retinal pigmentary degeneration. Such diseases, with extremely poor prognosis, are our current concern. Our department has been engaged in molecular biological research in ophthalmology with the goal of elucidating the causes of such genetic eye diseases with poor prognosis and establishing methods of treatment. Our latest results were published in PLoS ONE and were covered in the press.

We are positioned as a top-level institute in the Asian region for strabismus treatment, performing high quality clinical research including diagnostic imaging and function test. Moreover, we conduct vision-electrophysiology research on degenerative retinal diseases, clinical research on pediatric ophthalmology diseases, and clinical research on diagnosis and treatment of ocular surface diseases.

Although currently basic research cannot be conducted in the spare time between clinical duties, the need for clinical research based on basic research is increasing. Assistant instructor Katsuhiro Hosono is a molecular genetics specialist who completed his Doctor of Medicine degree at the Department of Molecular Biology, Keio University School of Medicine. He supports graduate students and research fellows in their research and monitors their progress. We also investigate advanced glaucoma collaborating Department of Photomedical Genomics, Basic Medical Photonics Laboratory, Medical Photonics Research Center, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Hamamatsu, Japan. Currently, 2 graduate student and 2 research fellows are enrolled in our department.

  • Collaborative research
    We collaborate with below mentioned domestic institutions.
  • National Center for Child Health and Development
    We work together with the National Center for Child Health and Development in the research on molecular genetics for the inherited eye diseases.
  • RIKEN, Center for Developmental Biology