Dr Yoichiro Otsuka

Senior Lecturer in Human Physiology

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Flinders Medical Centre (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.

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, 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

Qualifications

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
Research expertise
Medical physiology
Neurosciences
Physiology
Research interests

My principal research motivation has been to discover how the brain regulates autonomic physiological functions in response to changes in emotional and environmental states, using anesthetized/conscious experimental animals.

Biotechnology has progressed significantly in the last twenty years, and greatly contributed to understanding biology/physiology at a cellular level (in-vitro study). It is now time to apply biotechnology to Brain Neuroscience to understand biology/physiology at an individual organism level (in-vivo study)

My research employs cutting-edge genetic engineering technologies i.e. optogenetics and Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs (DREADD) to elucidate brain system of live animals. These techniques have been emerged in the last decade and will be expected to open up novel therapeutic possibilities in near future. My research project will be of basic theoretical biological importance, and will provide a foundation for understanding neural circuitry controlling essential physiological function and its link with autonomic dysfunction such as rapid/slow heart rate, hypertension and diabetes.

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
Supervisory interests
Autonomic nervous system
Brain research
Neuroscience
Stress
Thermoregulation
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Neuroscience (1)
Completion
Principal supervisor: Neuroscience (Kagoshima University) (2)
Publications
Expert for media contact
Neuroscience
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0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Neuroscience
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.
yoichiro.otsuka@flinders.edu.au
youichirou.ootsuka@flinders.edu.au

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