Dr. Makoto Higuchi is a geriatrician/neuroscientist by training. He was awarded the Ph.D. in medicine at Tohoku University in 1997 and was appointed Team Leader at the National Institute of Radiological Sciences in 2005. Higuchi is currently Head of the Department of Functional Brain Imaging at the National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology (QST). His primary research focus is translational molecular imaging on Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and diverse other neuropsychiatric diseases bidirectionally connecting animal models and humans. His research accomplishments are represented by the development of imaging agents for pathological tau protein deposits in neurodegenerative disorders (Neuron 2013; Neuron 2020).
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