Professor Yoshikazu Ugawa is now the Director and Professor of the Department of Neurology, and Vice President of Fukushima Medical University.
He enjoyed the disaster of the 2011 earthquake in Japan and still lives in Fukushima. Professor Ugawa graduated from Tokyo University in 1978 and studied physiology of movement disorders under Professor Marsden and Professor Rothwell in Queen Square, London in 1987-1990 after which, he returned to Tokyo University. He has been at the present position in Fukushima since 2007.
Professor Ugawa is interested in clinical neurophysiology and is one of the pioneers of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). He started to study pathophysiological mechanisms underlying various involuntary movements, especially myoclonus, using EEGs, evoked potentials and MEGs. After the invention of TMS and neuroimaging techniques, he also used those newly developed methods for this purpose. He extended the target disorders to Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. After the invention of repetitive TMS (rTMS), he studied neuroplasticity in humans and developed a new plasticity induction method – quadripuslse stimulation (QPS). In addition to studies of normal plasticity, he applied the plasticity induction method to the treatment of neurological disorders and he is now developing new treatments using rTMS for movement disorders, especially Parkinson’s disease.
Professor Ugawa will be the keynote speaker, discussing ‘QPS: Past and Future’ at our upcoming BrainBox Initiative Conference on 27-28 September 2018.