Curriculum Vitae

Senior Researcher
Chief, Section of Neuronal Networks
Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research
National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health
Bldg. 49, Rm. 2A50
Bethesda, MD 20892, U.S.A.
TEL: 301-402-7959
FAX: 301-402-0511


  • 1978 Completed the graduate course at University of Tokyo
  • 1978 Lecturer at Toho University School of Medicine
  • 1979 Assistant professor at Toho University School of Medicine
  • 1979-1982 Visiting Scientist at National Eye Institute
  • 1983 Associate professor at Toho University School of Medicine
  • 1988 Professor at National Institute of Physiological Sciences in Okazaki
  • 1993-2002 Professor at Juntendo University School of Medicine
  • 2002- Senior Researcher at Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research, NEI, NIH


  • Tsukahara Memorial Award, 1989
    Symposium Lecture, Society for Neuroscience, 19th Annual Meeting, 1989
    Special Lecture, Society for Neuroscience, 24th Annual Meeting, 1994
    Opening Lecture, International Neurootological & Equilibriometric Society, XXIInd Congress, 1995
    Plenary Lecture, The Fifth International Conference on Neural Information Processing, 1998
  • Tokizane Toshihiko Memorial Award, 1999
    Keynote Lecture, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, 9th annual meeting, 2003
    Symposium Lecture, Organizer, Society for Neuroscience, 38th Annual Meeting, 2008
    Symposium Lecture, International Union of Physiological Sciences, 2009
    Presidential Special Lecture, Society for Neuroscience, 40th Annual Meeting, 2010

Research areas:

  • Control of eye movements
  • Functions of the basal ganglia
  • Neural mechanisms of motivation
  • Neural mechanisms of procedural learning
  • Mechanisms of spatial attention

Professional Service

Editorial Boards

  • Trends in Cognitive Sciences (2011-)
  • Current Opinion in Neurobiology (2008-)
  • Neuroscience Research
  • Neural Networks
  • Journal of Neuroscience