“Liver”, “Stress” and “Imaging” are the important terms in our laboratory.
Although three keywords appear to be independent, these are all associated with each other. In fact, we conduct the research about a hepatic pathological condition (especially, the stress response of liver) using an optical bioimaging method.
Our group aims to study acute and/or chronic stress in the liver, and the pathological conditions we are focusing here are listed as follows; ischemia/reperfusion injury, inflammation, cell proliferation/growth/death, fatty metamorphosis, fibrosis and aging liver. Further research topics such as cancer, metabolic syndrome, hepatic inflammation, cirrhosis and aging, will of course be derived from ones listed above. It means that several diseases and pathological conditions will be systematically studied based on the fundamental findings on liver stress responses.