The Biomedical Engineering for Health and Welfare Course provides education and research on innovative technologies and their applications aimed at creating revolutionary new social health and welfare systems. We teach the following fields.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Technology for restoring human activities based on neuroscience
Our goal is to develop a new technology based on medicine and engineering for preventing and minimizing disabilities resulting from neuromusculoskeletal disorders through studies on plastic changes in human central nervous system induced by noninvasive brain stimulation, optimization of motor control using motion analysis and computational neuroscience, network science for community-based rehabilitation, and psycho-social intervention for patient-centered medical management.Laboratory site
Restoration of Body and Brain
A Guide to Coaching for Rehabilitation Practice and Education
Health and Sports Science
Biomedical Engineering for Health and Sports
Efficient temporal and spatial combination of movements enables athletes to accomplish extreme performances leading to success in sports competitions. On the other hand, long-term losses of physical movements and activity may lead to various chronic life-style associated diseases. Our research focuses on understanding the underlying mechanisms for improvement and deterioration in movement skills and efficiency, in order to provide useful information for healthy lifestyles and athletic activities.
- Investigation of mechanisms of restoration process of damaged skeletal muscle and factors that modifies the process.
- Factors responsible for sarcopenia.
- Epidemiology of physical activity and fitness.
- Assessment of efficiency in movements.
Medical care cost and physical activity & performance Geriatr Gerontol Int 2010 (Epub)
Facilitation of skeletal muscle differentiation by suppression of a protein that maintains undifferentiated status of myogenic precursor cells (J Cell Sci 122, 4427-4438, 2009).
Measuring oxygen uptake of skiing
Medical Welfare Engineering
Advanced medical welfare engineering for improvement of QOL (quality of life)
Our aim is to improve the QOL by technologies of advanced medical welfare systems such as development of the sensing and actuator devices, integration of the system, and information processing technologies, et al.. The research and education involved the innovation of the sensor/actuator for medical welfare field, integration of mechatoronics technologies including measurement and control, and advanced information processing technologies are carried out in our Laboratory.
- QOL technologies for medical welfare and health care
- Development of tactile sensor system
Palpation sensor for monitoring skin conditions
Tactile sensor system for reading Braille
Neural Electronic Engineering
Measurement and control for assisting and restoring motor functions, and for advanced rehabilitation system
The neuromodulation mechanism that includes the electronic information transmission is one of the control-information systems of the living body and has important relations to functions of the living body. In this laboratory, assistive technology and neural prosthesis, therapeutic and rehabilitation systems for motor and/or sensory disabilities are studied focusing on electronic external control technique of the neuromuscular system on the basis of control engineering and electronic engineering.
- motor control of paralyzed limbs by functional electrical stimulation (FES)
- development of wearable motion measurement system and its application to evaluation of the motor function
- development of motor restoration system using functional electrical stimulation (FES)
Development of wearable motion measurement system and its application to evaluation of the motor function
Development of FES rehabilitation system (applications to gait rehabilitation and FES cycling wheelchair rehabilitation)
Next Generation Biological Information Technology
The application of complex biological networks throughout various stages of development
It has been found that some environments around fetus, such as maternal diet and infection, affect the baby’s growth or constitution significantly.
For example, the excessive intake of fat diet of mother during pregnancy is due to recent increase of children's autism, juvenile diabetes, and air pollution around mother has been found the cause of increase in childhood asthma.
In spite of the recent advanced technology, most of the precise mechanism of fetal differentiation process has been unknown in the black box named uterus.
In this laboratory, we study the fetal diseases from the relationship between maternal conditions and fetal development using the mice experiments, gene analysis, and clinical studies. And we explore the medical engineering in the near future though the study of measurement information obtained from the faint fetal signals appeared from maternal body.
Whole gene expression of fetal brain hemorrhage in mice
Life Support Engineering
Life support engineering for safe and secure society
In order to realize an independent living of elderly people and disabled people and a safe and secure life, the construction of new engineering filed that supports life and livelihood i.e. life support engineering. Our laboratory promotes education and research concerning life support engineering through studies on investigation of fall mechanism, development of footwear and floor for fall prevention, development of evaluation method of gait stability, and development of high-performance sport equipment and livingware, etc.
- Biomechanical study on gait stability
- Investigation of mechanism of fall due to induced slip
- Development of high slip-resistant footwear and floor
Elucidation of the mechanism of slip-related falls
Development of high slip resistant shoe outsole pattern