Associate Professor Yoichiro Otsuka

Associate Professor in Human Physiology

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Flinders Medical Centre Building (6E:410)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

In 2002, I joined Flinders University as a research officer at the School of Medicine. I spent 4 years at Kagoshima University as the Associate Professor of Physiology from 2009. In 2013, I returned to Flinders University as the Mary Overton Neuroscience Research Fellow and the head of the Integrative Neuroscience Lab at Centre for Neuroscience. My background is in biology, physiology and neuroscience, concentrating on brain circuitry controlling essential bodily function via the autonomic nervous system.

2021-current, Associate Professor, Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute, College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University, Australia

2017-2020 Senior Lecturer, Centre for Neuroscience, Department of Human Physiology, School of Medicine, Flinders University, Australia

2013-2017 Mary Overton Neuroscience Research Fellow/Senior Lecturer, Centre for Neuroscience, Department of Human Physiology, School of Medicine, Flinders University, Australia

2009-2013 Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Kagoshima University, Japan

2009  Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Neurosciences, Medical University of South Carolina, USA

2002-2009 Senior Research Officer/Lecturer, Department of Human Physiology, School of Medicine, Flinders University, Australia

2000-2002 International Society of Hypertension Fellowship, Howard Florey Institute of Experimental and Medicine, Australia

1998-2001 Assistant lecturer, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan


1998 Doctoral degree in Medical Science

1994 Master degree in Medical Science

1992 Bachelor degree in Biology

Honours, awards and grants

2005 Elizabeth Penfold Simpson Prize (SA Brain Foundation) (AUSTRALIA)

2000 International Society of Hypertension Research Fellowship

1997 Outstanding Performance Award in Research on Autonomic Nervous System and Hypertension, Kimura Memorial Heart Foundation (Japan)

Key responsibilities
  • Serving as a member of the Animal Ethics Review Sub-Committee, Flinders University
  • Serving as an executive member of Centre for Neuroscience, Flinders University
Teaching interests

My current teaching interests focus on the general physiological principles that underpin disease processes.

Topic coordinator
MMED3937 Pathophysiology for Medical Science
MMED8937 Pathophysiology for Medical Science
Topic lecturer
MMED2932 Integrative Human Physiology
MMED3931 Advanced Neuroscience
MMED2933 Fundamental Neuroscience
Supervisory interests
Autonomic nervous system
Brain research
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Neuroscience (1)
Principal supervisor: Neuroscience (Kagoshima University) (2)
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Further information

While my name is Yoichiro Otsuka in governmental official documents such as a passport, alternative spellings is Youichirou Ootsuka for professional activity such as scientific publication. I am also known as YoYo, which is my common name outside my home country.

Either of the following two e-mail addresses can be used to contact me.