Yasuyuki Taki
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Yasuyuki Taki
Co-Deputy Director
S.A.R.C.
Tohoku University

Dept. Nuclear Medicine and Radiology

The Department of Nuclear Medicine and Radiology was established to confront a super aging society in Japan as it is vital to preserve the cognitive function of one’s entire life by preventing pathological brain aging. To achieve this goal, the department has built a large brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) database from around 3,000 subjects ages ranging from 5 to 80 years old in order to reveal how the brain develops as an individual ages.

Moreover, we have also collected several cognitive lifestyle functions such as eating and sleeping habits, including genetic data. Using the database, we have revealed normal brain development and aging, and also have revealed what factors affect them. These findings help us to understand the mechanisms of brain development and aging, as well as performing differential diagnosis or diagnosis at an early stage of several diseases/disorders such as autism and Alzheimer’s.

Research Topics:
•Analysis of changes to the Brain structure due to aging.
•Computational brain anatomy using brain MRI database.
•Clinical effectiveness of positron emission tomography (PET) in oncology.
•Development of new radiopharmaceuticals for cancer diagnosis with PET.