Department of Food and Nutrition Function, and Drug Development

We firstly establish methods of analysis and extraction and quality stabilization technology regarding functional ingredients which are involved in special local products as well as develop anti-obesity and anti-hyperglycemic foods using local foodstuffs or the seeds of drugs to get over obesity and diabetes. Next, our research goals are, using metabolomics analysis, to elucidate the function of such genes and to understand their roles in pathogenesis, and, eventually, to develop novel approaches for the prevention and treatment of T2D. Furthermore, we deal with positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT) to establish the diagnostic technique to evaluate muscle insulin resistance in model animals.

Hiroshi Sakaue, M.D., Ph. D.
Director of the Department of Nutrition and Metabolism
Diabetes Therapeutics and Research Center
The University of Tokushima