Pediatrics and Perinatology

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Professor:  Noriyuki Namba
Professor(school of health science):  Kei-ichi Hanaki
Associate Professor: Shin-ichi Okada
Junior Associate Professor: Jun Murakami
Junior Associate Professor: Yuki Kawashima
Junior Associate Professor: Mazumi Miura
Assistant Professor: Yoichi Mino
Assistant Professor: Keisuke Okuno
Assistant Professor: Fumiko Miyahara 
Assistant Professor: Shinji Sakata
Assistant Professor: Masanobu Fujimoto 
Assistant Professor: Yuko Yamada


Our department is focused on achieving excellence in patient care and medical education at both the graduate and postgraduate level. As the largest and oldest local pediatric medical educational institution in the San-in area (including the Tottori and Shimane prefectures), we have played a central role since 1946. We strive to continuously improve our education program and care for patients in the San-in area. We currently have staff specialized in various areas, including endocrinology, hematology, hepatology, nephrology, cardiology and neonatology. We also offer a highly specialized postgraduate course (Doctor’s program).
One of our current research projects (see ‘Research areas’ below) is a study of familial short stature. We first identified the first case of familial short stature due to a mutant IGF-I receptor in Japan, and now offer gene analysis and functional analysis of the IGF-I receptor to many institutions in Japan.

Research areas

Molecular basis of familial short stature related to IGF-I receptor, IGFALS, PAPPA2 gene mutations.
Insulin resistance with Insulin receptor gene mutation.
Nephrogenic diabetes insipidus.
Adrenal hypoplasia congenita caused by a mutations in the DAX-1 gene.
Childhood obesity due to mutations in beta3-adrenergic receptor and melanocortin-4 receptor genes.
Diagnosis of heart disorders using cardiac echography; a catheterization study.
Treatment of congenital heart diseases using catheter intervention.
Histological diagnosis of hepatitis and metabolic liver disease.
Molecular analysis of maternal-fetal transmission of hepatic viruses.
Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for leukemia or other pediatric tumors.
Treatment for very low birthweight babies.
Histological diagnosis and treatment for nephrotic syndrome or chronic kidney diseases.
Hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis for acute and chronic renal failure.
Diagnosis of congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract, neurogenic bladder, and enuresis.