Department of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology

“From the bench to the field”

Greetings from the Department of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology

Welcome to Tropical Medicine and Parasitology

     In our department we investigate several aspects from the infection to diagnosis and control of parasites. Our main research subjects are: Zoonotic Malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and Vectors/Vector borne diseases.
    Our goal is to respond to the endemic areas people need in health, with innovation in basic and applied science for sustainable development.

Research Fields

1. Zoonotic Malaria

・Physiopathology of severe malaria using a simian malaria model
・Development of new molecular diagnostic techniques for malaria
・Epidemiology of malaria in endemic areas of Southeast Asia

2. NTDs

・Comparative studies on the pathogenesis and immune response in schistosomiasis japonica and schistosomiasis mekongi
・Improvement and development of new diagnostic methods for STHs, schistosomiasis and opisthorchiasis
・Application of environmental DNA in Ecoepidemiology of NTDs
・Epidemiology of NTDs in Southeast Asia and Africa

Educational activities

School of Medicine:

1st year PBL Tutorial I
3rd year

Medical Zoology 

Practice on Medical Zoology 

Medical English III

4th year Practice on Public Health [Global Health]



Professor Satoru Kawai, DVM, PhD
Lecturer Masashi Kirinoki, BS, MS, PhD
Assistant Professor Marcello Otake Sato, DVM, MSc, PhD

Department staff

Technicians Mayumi Oshita
Technicians Mayu Tanaka


Department of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology
Dokkyo Medical University
Kitakobayashi 880, Mibu, Shimotsuga, Tochigi, 321-0293 Japan