Department of Neurology, Toho University, Sakura Medical Center

Greetings from Associate Professor Ryuji Sakakibara, Director of the Neurology Department

Director, Associate Professor Ryuji Sakakibara
Specialties: Neurology, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple System Atrophy, Autonomic Nervous System
Welcome to our website and we cordially invite you to look around our department in this website, as well as visit our department in the beautiful Sakura Town. As you know, Neurology handles with a diversity of neural components from the periphery to the brain. In other words, we care patients with Guillain-Barre syndrome, spinal cord form of multiple sclerosis, brain stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia. Our goal is to develop a clear way of early diagnosis and treatment of the patients, using advanced neuroimaging (MRI tensor & curtosis imaging, functional brain mapping of autonomic stimulation), cerebrospinal fluid analysis (alpha synuclein, separating repeat-numbers of phosphorylated tau, oxidative stress, neuro-immunology), neurophysiology, cognitive testing, and advanced autonomic testing (bladder electro-sensation & video urodynamics, upper & lower gut motility). Not only cutting-edge testing, we try to develop a clear way of management and care for the patients, using patient-oriented care by a Neuro-Team from the functional recovery of aphasia to the bladder care. In order to achieve these, we collaborate with other departments in our university as well as the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London, and other faculties worldwide.
Dr. Ryuji Sakakibara

Dr. Ryuji Sakakibara was born and raised in Japan. He received his medical degree from the Asahikawa Medical College in 1984. Because of interest in clinical neurology, he moved forward to Chiba University (Professor Keizo Hirayama) where he subsequently worked as an assistant Professor, and a Lecturer in the Department of Neurology. He completed his Ph.D. at the Department of Neurology, Chiba University, in 1992 (Professor Takamichi hattori). From 1997 to 1998 he was a research fellow in the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery / Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London, supervised by Professor Clare J. Fowler (retired in 2010) in the Department of Uro-Neurology. In 2007 March, he started a new Department of Neurology in Toho University, Sakura Medical Center, Sakura, Japan as an Associate Professor. He is a member of many international societies including the American Academy of Neurology, the Association of British Neurologists, the Movement Disorders Society, the International Society for Autonomic Neuroscience, the European Federation of Autonomic Societies, the American Autonomic Society, the International Continence Society, and the International Consultation on Incontinence. He also serves as an adhoc reviewer of several journals including Neuroscience Letters, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, Journal of Neurology, European Journal of Neurology, Movement Disorders, Muscle and Nerve, Urology, Journal of Urology, Clinical Physiology, and American Journal of Physiological Medicine. During his career, Dr. Sakakibara has authored more than 250 articles in peer-reviewed international journals.
SYNOPSIS OF AREA OF INTEREST: Dr. Sakakibara's research interests include neuro-urology, neuro-gastroenterology, autonomic physiology, drug trials and clinical neurology including Parkinson’s disease and multiple system atrophy.