Welcome to Integrated Neuroanatomy and Neuroimaging







2021年4月 脳統合イメージング分野・教授 花川 隆

The brain is made from biological materials along with other organs in the body. However, the brain processes information, unlike other organs that process physical materials using materials.

The brain receives information from the environment to get what is going on there (senses), interprets the information in the view of innate (emotion) or learned (memory and cognition) criteria, decides what to (or not to) do (decision making), and controls bodily effectors (movement) to act on the environment.

Particularly in the humans, the developed brain allows the species to adapt to various terrestrials. The development of the ability to cooperate with other brains (linguistic and social skills) endows the species with the power to dramatically remodel the terrestrials for the specie’s sake, good or bad.

We face a big challenge to understand such a complex system, which is the product of long-term try-and-error by the nature. To this end, we believe it important to understand the relationship among the elements, units and modules of the brain; this is the reason why we take advantage of multimodal neuroimaging technology, which allows us to ask such questions. We also aim to apply the developed technology to the understanding pathophysiology of neuro-psychiatric disorders and also to the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic tools.

We, Hanakawa lab, started in 2011 as a department of Integrative Brain Imaging Center (IBIC), National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, Japan, moved in part to Kyoto University in 2019, and have started activity at full scale at Kyoto University in April 2021. If you are interested in our activity, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Takashi Hanakawa, Professor, Integrated Neuroanatomy and Neuroimaging, April 2021