Jun Takahashi (Japan) Clinical Committee
  Jun Takahashi is a professor of Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA) at Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan. He graduated from Kyoto University Faculty of Medicine in 1986, and started his carrier as a neurosurgeon at Kyoto University Hospital. After he earned his Ph.D. from Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine in 1993, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Salk Institute (Dr. Fred Gage’s laboratory, 1995&1996), CA, U.S.A., where he started a research work on neural stem cells. After getting back to Kyoto University Hospital, he was engaging functional neurosurgery including deep brain stimulation, and also research works on stem cell therapy using ES cells for Parkinson’s disease. He became an associate professor at Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences, Kyoto University in 2007 and spent more time to research work. In 2012, he moved to CiRA as a full professor pursuing clinical application of a stem cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease patients. As a PI and a physician-scientist, he laid the groundwork for the clinical application of iPS cells by developing effective differentiation of dopaminergic neurons, selective sorting of dopaminergic progenitor cells, and optimization of host brain environment that will make human iPS cell-derived dopaminergic neurons to survive and function in rodent and monkey brains. Based on these achievements, he is now preparing to start a clinical trial for Parkinson’s disease using iPS cells.
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