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Department of Oral Anatomy and Neurobiology

The Second Department of Oral Anatomy is a team of fourteen―the four teachers listed below, an office assistant, and nine graduate students of which two are from People’s Republic of Bangladesh―and is charged with undergraduate and postgraduate training and research in anatomy and neurobiology.


E-mail (below@, dent.osaka-u.ac.jp)
Atsushi Yoshida
Associate Professor
Motohide Takemura
Associate Professor
Takahiro Furuta
Assistant Professor
Fumihiko Sato

Instructional Responsibilities

We provide didactic teaching and lab training to undergraduate students on anatomy, including both gross human anatomy and histology. Anatomical knowledge forms the foundation of good clinical practices in dentistry or in any other branches of medicine. It is only when we know the normal structure of the human body, organs, and tissues, we can begin to understand mechanical, physical, and biochemical functions of the human body as well as diseases (abnormalities), making diagnoses, and what it means to medically treat patients. This is why our dentistry program begins with an anatomy course where we give our students inclass systemic instructions on osteology, angiology, neurology, and so on. We also instruct and supervise students in anatomy lab (dissection) and histology lab (microscopy). Cadaveric training gives an extraordinary opportunity for students to reflect upon the sanctity and dignity of human life as well as medical ethics in the greatest gratitude for the sublime wishes of donor and their families.


Our research interests reside mainly in the brain structures and functions that enable the sensory and motor control of our mouth and jaws such as chewing, tasting, or sensing, for instance pain, in our mouth or on our face. Sound brain activities allow us to enjoy food and friendly conversations. Our brain consists of many neurons; so many that we have yet to fully understand which neurons in what part of the brain works how to make our mouth and jaws move and sense. Our animal studies are making advances by degrees in identifying neurons and their networks that are related to making the mouth and jaws move and sense the way they do. Our latest research interest is identifying neurons and neural networks that are involved in movements of jaws during sleep such as teeth clenching or grinding.

Department of Oral Anatomy and Neurobiology