Department of Morphological Brain Science,
Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University

History

This department started as the First Division of Anatomy in 1899. Since the time of the third chair, Prof. K. Hirasawa (1946-1959), the main interest of the department has been specified to neuroanatomy. Prof.Hirasawa and fourthchair, Prof. M. Okamoto (1959-1975), served as the presidents pf Kyoto University. The fifth chair, Prof. N. Mizuno (1975-1997), contributed mainly to the analysis of connection of neuronal structures, i.e., hodology, using new tracer techniques introduced in the field of neuroanatomy. In 1990, the department was reorganized to be one of the graduate courses, and renamed Department of Morphological Brain Science. The department has been responsible for instruction in morphological science of the central nervous system to medical student in the field of neuroanatomy and for instruction to graduate student in the study of morphological brain science. The present chair, Prof. T. Kaneko (1998-), is interested in the local neural circuit of the central nervous system (CNS), especially that of the cerebral cortex, and developing molecular-biological tools for analysis of the local circuit.