Yoshihiro Ujihara

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology*Profile is at the time of the award.

2023Inamori Research GrantsBiology & Life sciences

Research topics
Study on the mechanism underlying the high output of avian cardiomyocytes
The heart is a pump for blood, and it symbolizes life. Birds, which are descended from dinosaurs, possess a high cardiac pumping capacity like mammals. While there are many similarities in the morphology of the avian and mammalian hearts at the organ level, the structure and morphology differ significantly at the level of the cardiomyocytes that make up the organ. The goal of this study is to elucidate the mechanism of the high cardiac pump function in birds. In the future, we aim to apply the findings obtained to heart failure therapies.


I hope to create innovative heart failure therapies (bio-inspired medicine) based on a better understanding of how the heart works in various animals so that those mechanisms can be applied to our own.

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