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Curriculum vitae of Dr. Toku Takahashi

Education

1977 Kobe University School of Medicine, Kobe, Japan.Picture (TT)

1985 Graduate School of Hyogo College of Medicine, Nishinomiya, Japan.

1990 Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Gastroenterology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Professional Training and Employment

1985 Assistant Professor, Second Department of Surgery, Hyogo College of Medicine, Nishinomiya, Japan.

1990 Vice president, Sadamitsu Hospital, Kakogawa, Japan.

1992 Research Investigator, Division of Gastroenterology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

1996 Assistant Research Scientist, Division of Gastroenterology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

2000 Associate Professor, Dept. of Surgery, Duke University, Durham, NC.

2007 Professor, Dept. of Surgery, Duke University, Durham, NC.

2008 Professor, Dept. of Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.

2013 Professor, Dept. of Surgery and Dept. of Neurology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.

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Research Interest

His research interest is brain-gut axis, autonomic nervous system, hypothalamic circuit of stress response, and mechanism of acupuncture.

Home page at Medical College of Wisconsin (Takahashi study)

Accumulated evidences reported from his laboratory showed the importance of central oxytocin in coping with daily life stress. He also demonstrated that various effects of acupuncture (anti-emetic, anti-nociceptive, and anti-stress effects) are mediated via opioid and oxytocin release from the brain.  These may help to understand the mechanism of mind-body therapies and manual therapies.

Research project #1; Mechanism of acupuncture

Research project #2; Stress and GI motility

Research project #3; Anti-stress effect of Oxytocin

Members and their families of Dr. Toku’s laboratory (May 2010)

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