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 We are in charge of a course of lectures on General and Organ Pathology for the 3rd and 5th grade medical students. This should be the first opportunity for the students to learn the concept of disease. In the section of General Pathology, we provide an introduction to the fundamental mechanisms of major abnormalities in terms of morphology and molecular biology. Subsequently, in the Organ Pathology section, we give more specialized and systematic lectures on pathogenesis and histopathological diagnosis of diseases in every organ. In addition, the 5th grade students must take a training course in Pathology, where the students morphologically scrutinize real autopsy cases and present their diagnoses according to the manner of Clinico-Pathological Conference (CPC). On request, we also participate in the Problem-based Learning (PBL), which is organized by clinical faculty staff.

 Our research program centers on studies of mechanisms of neoplastic diseases and lifestyle diseases, etc. Our data using animals, cell lines, blood, etc. as well as human tissues have achieved results. Our laboratory is open to all students who are interested in research on our projects.

Research areas

1. Research on Langerhans cell histiocytosis
2. Tumor-related gene expression in urological carcinogenesis
3. The interaction between VHL and glucose metabolism and ischemic preconditioning
4. The molecular mechanisms for invasion in esophageal and pancreas cancer


Professor: Ichiro Murakami
Professor: Mutsuo Furihata
Associate Professor: Atsushi Kurabayashi
Associate Professor: Seiji Naganuma
Assistant Lecturer: Mitsuko Iguchi
Assistant Lecturer: Chiharu Tanaka
Assistant Lecturer: Kazune Fujisawa
Kochi Medical School Department of Pathology

Kochi Medical School
Department of Pathology


Tel: +81-88-880-2330