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Institute of NeuroImaging & Informatics Director Representative
Osaka University Graduate School of Dentistry
National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontrogy Department of Bone and Joint Disease Visiting Researcher
Graduate School of Medicine, Nagoya University Visiting Researcher
PhD(Mar, 1992 Kyoto University)

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Toshiharu Nakai received his PhD degree in biomedicine from the Graduate School of Kyoto University, Japan, and joined the Lucas MRS/MRI Center at Stanford University School of Medicine as a post-doctoral research fellow. He returned to Japan and initiated research in functional neuroimaging technologies and cognitive neuroscience at the Electrotechnical Laboratory (ETL), Ministry of International Trade and Industry. In 2005, he moved to the National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan and started translational research to apply fMRI and GRID technologies for early detection of dementia. He is recently attempting to evaluate the early change of brain activity during cognitive training using neuroimaging techniques and initiated the joint project with NTU/NUS, which has been expanded as BrainConnects. He is a member of International Societies for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine(ISMRM), Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), International Neuroinformatics Coordination Facility(INCF) and IEEE (BME /senior member). He is also a visiting researcher of Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine.

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Books and Other Publications

  • 中井敏晴, 山本徹, 日本磁気共鳴医学会, 安全性評価委員会(Role: Contributor, 第1章 MRIの安全性(総論))
    学研メディカル秀潤社  Feb, 2014 (ISBN: 9784780908848) 
  • 成瀬昭二(Role: Joint author, 第3章MRSの臨床応用、第二節 脳のMRS、第七項 加齢,認知症)
    インナービジョン  Apr, 2012 (ISBN: 9784902131222) 
  • 日本磁気共鳴医学会(Role: Joint author, 第1章 MRIの安全性)
    学研メディカル秀潤社  Feb, 2010 (ISBN: 9784780908077) 
  • 中井敏晴(Role: Joint author, 第4章7節 NMR・MRI装置)
    丸善  Aug, 2008 (ISBN: 9784888981743) 
  • Murakami S, Nakai T, Matsuo K, Kakimoto N, Yamamoto T(Role: Contributor, Section 2:in silico Human@cranioface, Brain activation on salty stimulus using functional MR imaging)
    MEDIGIT  Mar, 2008 (ISBN: 9784944142088) 

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  • Oct, 2020 - Present
    Research Topic: Neuroimaging and Informatics for Successful Aging Health Section of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
  • Oct, 2020 - Sep, 2021
    Special Issue: Quantifying and Modelling Disease-Specific Neurophenotypes in Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders
  • Oct, 2019 - Oct, 2019
    Co-Chair of BrainConnects 2019 at St. Luke's Medical Center, Manila, Philipppines.
  • Jun, 2018 - Jun, 2018
    Co-Organizer of BrainConnects 2018 at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  • Aug, 2017 - Aug, 2017
    Organizer of incf SIG 'NeuroInformatics for Aging' and Co-Organizer of BrainConnects 2017 at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.