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Organization

The Center for Health and Environmental Risk Research is one of eight research centers in the National Institute for Environmental Studies. The center includes nine research sections—Ecotoxicity Research, Environmental Exposure and Effect Research, Ecosystem Impact Research, Strategic Risk Management Research, Integrated Health Risk Research, Molecular Pathology, Health Effect Assessment, Exposure Dynamics Research, and Environmental Epidemiology—that collaborate on basic research and task-oriented research programs. In addition, the center has two offices, RASCO and the JECS Programme Office, that oversee outreach research projects. We believe that the effective integration of our activities covering basic research, issue-oriented research, and the two outreach research projects is the defining characteristic of our center.

Director

Deputy Director

Ecotoxicity Research Section

Environmental Exposure and Effect Research Section

Ecosystem Impact Research Section

Strategic Risk Management Research Section

Integrated Health Risk Research Section

Molecular Pathology Section

Health Effect Assessment Section

Exposure Dynamics Research Section

Environmental Epidemiology Section

Risk Assessment Science Collaboration Office

Ecotoxicity Reference Laboratory

Environmental Risk Assessment Task Office

Japan Environment and Children's Study Programme Office

Planning and Coordination Office

Research and Development Office


  

Members

April 1, 2018

Director

DirectorNoriyuki SuzukiSUZUKI Noriyuki
Deputy DirectorHiroshi YamamotoYAMAMOTO Hiroshi
Deputy DirectorShin YamazakiYAMAZAKI Shin

Ecotoxicity Research Section

The Ecotoxicity Research Section is developing ecotoxicity test methods and models to assess the ecological impact of chemicals from molecular to organism level such as quantitative structure activity relationship (QSAR), in vivo testing, and statistical analysis.
HeadHiroshi YamamotoYAMAMOTO Hiroshi
Senior ResearcherAyako FuruhamaFURUHAMA Ayako
Senior ResearcherTakehiko HayashiHAYASHI Takehiko
Senior ResearcherHaruna WatanabeWATANABE Haruna
Senior ResearcherTakahiro YamagishiYAMAGISHI Takahiro
Research AssociateKosuke NakanishiNAKANISHI Kosuke
Research AssociateRyo OmagariOMAGARI Ryo
Research AssociateKyoshiro HikiHIKI Kyoshiro

Environmental Exposure and Effect Research Section

The Environmental Exposure and Effects Research Section is developing methods to determine exposure to environmental chemicals and the impacts of environmental chemicals on human health and the environment.
HeadNoriyuki SuzukiSUZUKI Noriyuki
Principal ResearcherDaisuke NakajimaNAKAJIMA Daisuke
Research AssociateMayuko YagishitaYAGISHITA Mayuko

Ecosystem Impact Research Section

The Ecosystem Impact Research Section is using field studies, laboratory experiments, and ecosystem model analyses to develop countermeasures for the recovery of biotas and environmental remediation based on historical data and assessment of the present state of coastal ecosystems exposed to various anthropogenic stressors arising from human activities.
HeadToshihiro HoriguchiHORIGUCHI Toshihiro
Senior ResearcherKeita KodamaKODAMA Keita

Strategic Risk Management Research Section

The Strategic Risk Management Research Section is studying aspects important for modeling the environmental fate and emissions of chemicals, assessing the exposure and risks of environmental chemicals, assessing the ecological impacts of environmental disturbances, and systematically managing the risks to health and the environment posed by environmental chemicals while taking into consideration the many risk factors.
HeadTakeo SakuraiSAKURAI Takeo
Senior ResearcherYoshitaka ImaizumiIMAIZUMI Yoshitaka
Senior ResearcherHiroyuki YokomizoYOKOMIZO Hiroyuki
Senior Researcher
(Fukushima Branch)
Keisuke KurodaKURODA Keisuke
ResearcherToru KawaiKAWAI Toru
ResearcherYosuke KoyamaKOYAMA Yosuke
Research AssociateKazutaka TakeshitaTAKESHITA Kazutaka

Integrated Health Risk Research Section

The Integrated Health Risk Research Section is developing biomarkers of neurotoxicity, immunotoxicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity, genotoxicity, and inhalational toxicity based on the physico-chemical characteristics of harmful environmental substances such as fibrous nanomaterials.
HeadAkiko FuruyamaFURUYAMA Akiko
Senior ResearcherMasami IshidoISHIDO Masami
Senior ResearcherYoshika KurokawaKUROKAWA Yoshika
Senior ResearcherYuji FujitaniFUJITANI Yuji
ResearcherOsamu UdagawaUDAGAWA Osamu

Molecular Pathology Section

The Molecular Pathology Section is evaluating the effects of environmental substances, including chemicals, on the pathology of diseases such as immune and metabolic diseases. This research also focuses on the molecular mechanisms underlying changes in biological crosstalk and epigenetic changes.
HeadEiko KoikeKOIKE Eiko
Senior ResearcherRie YanagisawaYANAGISAWA Rie
Senior ResearcherTakehiro SuzukiSUZUKI Takehiro
ResearcherKazuyuki OkamuraOKAMURA Kazuyuki

Health Effect Assessment Section

The Health Effect Assessment Section is developing methodologies to evaluate the neuropathological and social behavioral effects of environmental factors, and contributes to the identification of health-threatening chemicals, reduction of the adverse effects of environmental chemicals, and development of precautionary approaches.
HeadToyoshi UmezuUMEZU Toyoshi
Senior ResearcherFumihiko MaekawaMAEKAWA Fumihiko
Senior ResearcherTomohiro ItoITO Tomohiro
Senior ResearcherTin-Tin-Win-ShweTIN-TIN-Win-Shwe
JSPS
Research Associate
Eiki KimuraKIMURA Eiki

Exposure Dynamics Research Section

The Exposure Dynamics Research Section is focusing on measuring and estimating lifetime exposures to environmental stressors that may cause adverse health effects. These environmental stressors include chemical substances, the physical environment, and diet, as well as the socio-economic and community environment. Human biomonitoring and exposure modeling are key tools in this research.
HeadShoji NakayamaNAKAYAMA Shoji
Senior ResearcherTomohiko IsobeISOBE Tomohiko
Senior ResearcherYayoi KobayashiKOBAYASHI Yayoi
Researcher (Fukushima Branch)Mai TakagiTAKAGI Mai
ResearcherMiyuki IwaiIWAI Miyuki

Environmental Epidemiology Section

The Environmental Epidemiology Section is involved in developing epidemiological methods and applications for estimating and assessing the health impacts of exposure to harmful environmental chemicals.
HeadShin YamazakiYAMAZAKI Shin
Senior ResearcherTakehiro MichikawaMICHIKAWA Takehiro
Senior ResearcherMakiko SekiyamaSEKIYAMA Makiko
Research AssociateEiko SudaSUDA Eiko


Risk Assessment Science Collaboration Office

The Risk Assessment Science Collaboration Office provides domestic leadership for the promotion of regulatory science with the aim of achieving a safe and secure society.
Ecotoxicity Reference Laboratory
HeadHiroshi YamamotoYAMAMOTO Hiroshi
Senior ResearcherTakahiro YamagishiYAMAGISHI Takahiro
Environmental Risk Assessment Task Office
HeadKoichi OhnoOHNO Koichi

Japan Environment and Children's Study Programme Office

The Japan Environment and Children’s Study (JECS) is a nationwide birth cohort study that is being conducted by the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) to identify environmental factors that affect the health and development of children.
DirectorToshihiro KawamotoKAWAMOTO Toshihiro
Acting DirectorHiroshi NittaNITTA Hiroshi
Deputy DirectorYasushi TadamiTADAMI Yasushi
HeadShin YamazakiYAMAZAKI Shin
Planning and Coordination Office
Research and Development Office
HeadShoji NakayamaNAKAYAMA Shoji
Senior ResearcherTomohiko IsobeISOBE Tomohiko
Senior ResearcherTakehiro MichikawaMICHIKAWA Takehiro
Senior ResearcherYayoi KobayashiKOBAYASHI Yayoi
Senior ResearcherMakiko SekiyamaSEKIYAMA Makiko
Senior ResearcherGo SuzukiSUZUKI Go
ResearcherMiyuki IwaiIWAI Miyuki
Research AssociateMadaniyazi LinaMADANIYAZI Lina
Research AssociateYukiko NishihamaNISHIHAMA Yukiko