Department of Pediatric Dentistry

The Department of Pediatric Dentistry was founded in 1976 and originated from the Clinical Room for Pediatric Dentistry, which was established in 1964. Dr. Shizuo Sobue was designated as the professor of the department. In 2000, the department changed to become one of the three components in the Division of Oral Infections and Diseases of Osaka University Graduate School of Dentsitry, based on a policy that emphasizes postgraduate study. Dr. Takashi Ooshima was designated as the professor in 2002. Presently, there are 4 faculty members, 5 clinical instructors and 9 postgraudate students, each of whom eagerly participate in clinical treatments, as well as research and education.

Staff

position
name
E-mail (below@, dent.osaka-u.ac.jp)
Professor
Kazuhiko Nakano
nakano@
Associate Professor
Ryota Nomura
Associate Professor
Rena Okawa
Assistant Professor
Masatoshi Otsugu
Assistant Professor
Yufuko Ogaya

Research Topics

Department of Pediatric Dentistry

Our major interests of study are dental caries and periodontal diseases, both of which are major conditions encountered in the field of dentistry. In particular, we have focused our research on the cell surface structures of Streptococcus mutans , a pathogen of dental caries, to elucidate its relationship with virulence using molecular biological and clinical approaches. As for periodontal diseases, mother-child transmission and colonization of periodontal bacteria are major areas of interest, and are analyzed using clinical specimens collected in the clinic. Using data obtained from clinical specimens, we are constructing a method for early detection of high-risk subjects for dental caries and periodontal diseases. In addition, we have recently focused on the relationships between oral bacteria and systemic conditions, such as cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, hepatic and intestinal diseases.


Improvement of English skills

Department of Pediatric Dentistry

We encourage our young staff members to apply for various programs to improve their English skills. Some have participated in special summer courses held in the USA, while others have been designated as representatives for short stays in laboratories in Finland and Thailand. In addition, we strongly encourage our young members to take part in international conferences and make presentations in English. Since we accept international postgraduate students from many countries, our staff are frequently in situations where they use English for communication in daily life as well as discussion of research topics.


Collaboration studies

Department of Pediatric Dentistry

In the process of performing basic and clinical studies, we often collaborate with several domestic and international institutions. Especially, we have close connections with researchers at the University of Helsinki in Finland and Mahidol University in Thailand. These collaboration studies enable us to analyze clinical specimens obtained from subjects throughout the world. As for domestic institutions, we have relationships with a large number of researchers engaged in studies of dental caries, periodontal diseases, oral bacteria and systemic diseases, and oral bacterial species in client-owned animals. These important connections have resulted in synergic contributions for excellent achievements in each field of study.