Sensory Organ Medicine


  • Professor: Susumu Ishida
  • Associate Professor: Kousuke Noda
  • Lecturer: Atsuhiro Kanda
  • Phone: +81-11-706-5944
Our department was originally founded in 1922 as Department of Ophthalmology at Hokkaido Imperial University School of Medicine. Our department has consistently focused on ocular infectious and inflammatory disorders, neuro-ophthalmology, corneal diseases from clinical and basic medical standpoints. We have at present over 200 alumnae or alumni in our department.


Our focus in research is to clarify the mechanism of various sight threatening ocular diseases, and also to improve the medical treatment for them. Our laboratory has contributed to developing new cures for ocular inflammatory diseases, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, vascular diseases, and other types of retinal and optic nerve degenerations. Immunological, molecular, microbial, and physiological approaches should be standout areas of us. We publish more than 20 reports in English, as well as 40 publications in Japanese every year.


Our department has 9 clinical groups: uveitis, allergy, infection, retina/vitreous, glaucoma, cornea, pediatric-, and neuro-ophthalmology. Residents can receive continuing professional education well at all 9 clinical groups. The ratio of successful applicants of Board Satisfied Ophthalmologists of Japan is almost 100%, which is the highest and tremendous rate in the country.

International Activities

1.Ishida S. Role of VEGF as a pro-inflammatory cytokine in macular edema in diabetic retinopathy and other inflammatory diseases. 11th International Ocular Inflammation Society (IOIS) Congress and International Assembly of Ocular Inflammation Societies: Goa, India; 2011/11/15
2.Noda K. Adhesion molecules in diabetic retinopathy. 11th International Ocular Inflammation Society (IOIS) Congress and International Assembly of Ocular Inflammation Societies: Goa, India; 2011/11/15
3.Namba K. Infliximab treatment for Behcets disease. 2011Seoul National-Hokkaido University Joint Symposium in Ophthalmology: Seoul, Korea; 2011/9/21
4.Nitta T, Chin S, Shinmei Y, Yoshida K, Ishida S. The effects of modified suture trabeculotomy for uveitic glaucoma. World Glaucoma Congress: Paris, France; 2011/6/29-7/2
5.Kase S, Sonoda S, Ryan SJ, Hinton DR. Intraocular neovascularization is regulated by alphaB-crystallin, a novel VEGF chaperone. The 26th Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO): Sydney, Australia; 2011/3/24
Japanese traditional dance, “FUJI-MUSUME”, performed by Dr. Saito at ICOI, 2005.

Selected Publications

1. Dong Z, Kase S, Ando R, Fukuhara J, Saito W, Kanda A, Murata M, Noda K, Ishida S. AlphaB-crystallin expression in epiretinal membrane of human proliferative diabetic retinopathy. Retina. in press
2. Horie Y, Meguro A, Kitaichi N, Lee E B, Kanda A, Noda K, Song Y W, Park K S, Namba K, Ota M, Inoko H, Mizuki N, Ishida S, Ohno S. Replication of a microsatellite genome-wide association study of Behcet disease in a Korean population. Rheumatology. in press
3. Chin S, Nitta T, Shinmei Y, Aoyagi M, Nitta A, Ohno S, Ishida S, Yoshida K. Reduction of intraocular pressure using a modified 360-degree suture trabeculotomy technique in primary and secondary open-angle glaucoma: A pilot study. J Glaucoma. Epub ahead of print
4. Saito M, Yoshida K, Saito W, Fujiya A, Ohgami K, Kitaichi N, Tsukahara H, Ishida S, Ohno S. Astaxanthin increases choroidal blood flow velocity. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. Epub ahead of print
5. Kase S, Noda M, Ishijima K, Ishida S. Giant conjunctival mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma. Arch Ophthalmol 2011; 129: 1344