Director of Center for Neurologic Diseases
Akio Suzumura, MD, PhD, graduated from Gifu University, School of medicine in 1975. After getting PhD degree at Department Neurology, Nagoya University, School of Medicine in 1983, he had worked for Department of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania as a post-doctoral fellow until 1987. There, he established the methods for isolation of oligodendrocytes and microglia and had studied immunological functions of glial cells. He became an assistant professor in Department of Neurology, Fujita Health University in 1987, and an associate professor in Department of Neurology, Nara Medical University in 1995. He became Professor and Chairman in Department of Neuroimmunology, Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Nagoya University in 2001, and he been a vise president of the Institute from 2011-2014. He retired from the University and started working for Josai Hospital, Nagoya, as a director of Center for Neurologic diseases in 2015. He had been a president of Japanese Society of Neuroimmunolgy (2008-2012). He is currently and Editor-in-Chief of Clinical and Experimental Neuroimmunology an Academic Editor of PLoS ONE. His current interest is neuron-glia interactions in both physiological and pathological conditions.