This center is a research institute that focus on education and research for the development of medical mycology. While conducting a wide range of research in medical mycology, including the development of methods of diagnostic and therapeutic for mycosis, we are also collecting, preserving and selling pathogenic fungal strains.
We are conducting research activities to save koalas from germ
In 2001, we discovered the main cause of koalas' death, a tropical cryptococcal infection, which is called “koala disease”, from koalas in a zoo. In addition, we developed a genetic diagnostic method for koala cryptococcal infection and put it into practical use first in the world. Since the discovery of the cryptococcal infection, we have investigated koalas in domestic zoos and protected the health of koalas in cooperation with each zoo. In August 2021, we will collect samples from koalas in Japan and examine culture test, epidemiological analysis, and breeding management. We will report the result of these to Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums in February 2022. It is expected to report important research results to protect koalas in Japan.
This institute is located on the Hachioji Campus. In the institute, we work hard and encourage each other through conducting research on a daily basis, and discussion indiscriminately between researchers and students during breaks.
Teikyo University Institute of Medical Mycology