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Masafumi Ihara, MD PhD
National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center
Areas of Interest:
stroke, post-stroke dementia, Cerebrovascular disease and vascular cognitive impairment
Biography & Research:
Dr Masafumi Ihara, MD, PhD, FACP is a Director of Neurology, National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center (NCVC), Osaka, Japan (2013-present). He graduated from Kyoto University School of Medicine in 1995. He received clinical training at Kyoto University Hospital in 1995 and Nishi-Kobe Medical Center in 1995-1999. In 1999 he entered Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine and completed a PhD in Neuroscience in 2003. He received his neuropathological training under supervision of Prof. Kalaria in Newcastle University, UK during 2006-2008. He led a neurovascular research group as an assistant professor of Department of Neurology in Kyoto University (2008-2012) and as a deputy director of Department of Regenerative Medicine Research in Institute of Biomedical Research and Innovation (IBRI), Kobe (2012-2013). His research interests have focused on the pathological changes in brain blood vessels and how the alterations impact on brain health during old age. He is a Fellow of the Japanese Society of Neurology, the American Heart Association (FAHA), and the American College of Physicians (FACP). In NCVC, Dr Ihara is involved in a translational research project related to regenerative therapy for stroke (AMFIS trial) and a clinical trial using vasoactive drugs for mild cognitive impairment (COMCID trial).