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Greeting from Prof. Ichiro Katayama

I am allowed to take charge of the traditional Osaka University dermatology department following Emeritus Professor Kunihiko Yoshikawa as of March 1, 2004.

The department of dermatology in Osaka University is one of leading traditional dermatology department in Japan which had been established by Prof. Kohnoshin Sakurane who was a founder in 1903, and I am currently in the 7th generation.
The overview of future direction of our department and my fundamental idea on modern dermatology is described as follows;

I myself consider clinical examination with German style as important and we are willing to accomplish a task for pursuing the new medical discovery from Osaka University.
Although the blank for 2 years as a dermatologist arose by a super-rotation system for residency, the speciality and feature of dermatology have been gradually clarified in affiliated hospitals of our department. I would like for young residents to learn the manager's special field by rotating our affiliated hospitals, to improve their specific skill as a dermatologist, and to dissolve number of questions encountered in a practical life by themselves. On the basis of the better clinical cooperation among university, affiliated hospitals and clinics, it is sure that the right training system should be accomplished.

Of course, I think that the Osaka University Hospital is in charge to play main roles for not only performing a basic research but also development in medical treatment for intractable disease followed by moving milestone forward.

My specialty in dermatology is mainly immunology and allergology which include autoimmune diseases such as atopic dermatitis and collagen diseases. Before my assignment in the professor in Osaka University, I was given the impressive lesson of "immunology is very flexible learning and may provide the opportunity of learn anything" by Prof. Kiyoshi Nishioka (Yokohama city Emeritus Professor Tokyo Medical and Dental University) who is my mentor in life.
While I had encouraged the creation of in vivo scleroderma model to evaluate the gene therapy by using HGF and STAT6 decoy in Tokyo Medical and Dental University, I also consider the possibility of its methodological application to other intractable skin diseases including malignant melanoma, lymphoma, psoriasis, vitiligo, congenital skin disorders, and so on.

Medical Center for Translational Research aiming at development in future medical treatment is now established in Osaka University. I would truly like for young doctors to learn the modern dermatology firmly by all means and to create the new medical idea and treatment acceptable in the world in cooperation with the above institution.

The big change of occupational situation surrounding medical doctors has occurred in 3 years after I came to Osaka. We are surely enforced to adjust a recent innovation of medical framework, a new resident program and the following change of education system. In addition, it is now time to overcome several issues including secession of hospital doctors and decline in research motivation followed by commitment to business. However, we must spare no effort to provide the more effective and curative treatment to many patients who trouble with severe skin disorders.

We are very welcome to the participation of highly-motivated young doctors in the Osaka University dermatology department.

Ichiro Katayama
Professor and Chairman, Dermatology Department of Integrated Medicine
Graduate School of Medicine Osaka University