Staff

SUGANUMA Keisuke

Assistant Professor

Theme

Determination of taxonomic group of trypanosome
Development of diagnostic methods and therapeutic drugs of trypanosomiasis

My Dream

Complete control of trypanosomiasis

Belongs

Research Center for Global Agromedicine, Department of Veterinary Medicine

National Research Center for Protozoan Diseases, Department of Disease Control, Research Unit for Advanced Preventive Medicine

National Research Center for Protozoan Diseases, Department of Global Cooperation, Research Unit for International Surveillance

Field of research Parasitology, Molecular biology, Cell biology
Keyword Trypanosoma, Trypanosomiasis, Classification, Diagnostic method, Therapeutic drug, Pathogen-mediated arthropod

Introduction

Parasitic diseases such as trypanosomiases mainly occur in developing countries and affect both humans and animals. While making Mongolia my main arena of activity, I saw my first farm animal that was affected by trypanosomiasis and the farmer who was feeding that animal. I recognized the need to control this disease. I've established an efficient method for cultivating and acclimating trypanosome field strains that have infected animals and are prevalent in countries to which they're endemic, and I succeeded in establishing multiple strains. By clarifying the genetic characteristics, pathogenicity and drug susceptibility of these field strains, I aim to establish effective control strategies for trypanosomoses in countries to which they are endemic based on field survey data. In addition, I'm focusing on developing novel therapeutic drugs against trypanosomoses for which no effective therapeutic agents are currently available, and I'm searching for active anti-trypanosome compounds and evaluating their therapeutic effects. Moving ahead, I'd like to extend my arena of research beyond Mongolia to elsewhere in Asia and to Africa, and to contribute to trypanosomiasis control.

Academic degree Ph.D
License Veterinarian
Room address General Research Building 4
Mail address k.suganuma atmark pbihiro.ac.jp