Japanese
Yamaguchi University, Joint Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Epidemiology

Faculty

HAJIME TOYOFUKU, PhD, DVM
Professor, Veterinary Epidemiology

AI TAKANO, PhD, DVM
Associate Professor, Laboratory of Veterinary Epidemiology

Our Lab

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of diseases, and its application for the control of diseases.
The Toyofuku lab investigates how pathogens get into food, and evaluates the risk of foodborne diseases due to the consumption of contaminated food. In addition, based on the results of microbiological risk assessment, the HACCP system was developed. Furthermore, due to the legal requirements of the HACCP in the Japanese food industry in 2020, a hazard database for small food business operators who have limited knowledge on hazards is under development. In order to assist them, we are performing hazard analysis.
At the Takano lab, we investigate tick-borne zoonotic diseases in Japan and several countries. Based on the surveillance of pathogens, we analyze the risk of diffusion of diseases, through the movement of wild animals. In addition, we investigate the dynamics of pathogens in vectors using experimental infections involving ticks.

Research Interests

Toyofuku Lab.

  • Veterinary public health (especially food safety and epidemiology area)
  • Veterinary epidemiology
  • Exercise on veterinary public health

Takano Lab.

  • Epidemiology of vector borne zoonotic diseases
  • Study of the elucidation of the transmission mechanism of tick borne pathogens in their vector ticks.