Dean, Professor, Department of Physiology, Keio University School of Medicine, JapanBiography
Professor Hideyuki Okano is Dean of Keio University School of Medicine and Team Leader of Laboratory for Marmoset Neural Architecture, Brain Science Institute RIKEN. In addition, Dr. Okano holds important posts, including University of New South Wales Visiting Professor (Since 2009), University of Queensland Honorary Professor in the Queensland Brain Institute (Since 2008), and Professor of Department of Physiology, Keio University School of Medicine (Since 2001). In the past he served as Professor of Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine (Department of Neuroscience, 1997-2001) and Professor of University of Tsukuba (Department of Molecular Neurobiology, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, 1994-1997). He also did research at the University ofTokyo and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as instructor. Dr. Okano has been the recipient of numerous awards, most recently including the Molecular Brain Award (2016), Balz Award (2014) and the Medal with Purple Ribbon (from the Emperor of Japan, 2009). His scientific research area is basic neuroscience, stem cell, and regenerative medicine including iPSC, NSC, and clinical applications for spinal cord injury.