Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine

Research Center for Animal Hygiene and Food Safety

rightZoonoses, food—borne diseases, and food—poisoning by microorganisms or chemicals are the biggest concern in public health because of their major contribution to global mortality and morbidity. The Research Center for Animal Hygiene and Food Safety was established as research and education facility to resolve these problems and then to ensure food safety from the farm to the table. For this aim, we are trying to control infectious diseases of animals including zoonoses, food—borne diseases and food—poisoning through vigorous field and laboratory research activities.

Research Unit for Emerging and Re-emerging Diseases

This unit is primarily concerned with emerging and re-emerging diseases in livestock caused by zoonotic, viral etiologic agents. Studies are extensive, covering disease process and causation, diagnostics, prevention, and assessment of both intrinsic and extrinsic factors of disease process and pathogenesis.

Research Unit for Food Microbiology and Immunology

We focus on cellular and molecular mechanisms of food-borne bacterial diseases. We are particularly interested in the host-pathogen interaction in various kinds of food-borne diseases including anthrax, listeriosis, salmonellosis, STEC infection, etc. Our goals are to control the diseases and reduce risk to the public from food-borne pathogens.

Research Unit for Chemotherapy

This unit is primarily concerned with pathophysiological elucidation of stress-induced diseases and diabetic complications and searching for functional materials. The goal is to control these diseases and maintain good health in humans and animals.

Research Unit for Risk Analysis

Fungi in the environment are one of the important risks in humans and animals. This unit focuses on mycoses (fungal infectious diseases) in humans and animals, and food mycology including mycotoxicosis. Through our researches, we contribute to grow understanding about the infection mechanisms, host-fungus interaction in mycoses, and the toxic effects of mycotoxins, etc. One of our goals is to prevent and control mycoses. Another important goal is to reduce risks and levels of food/feed contamination with fungi and mycotoxins.

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