Akira Takeda

International University of Health and Welfare

Akira Takeda, MD, PhD, is the founder and director of the Division of Clinical Immunology & Rheumatology at International University of Health and Welfare Hospital, Japan. He graduated from Akita University School of Medicine, Japan, after which he joined Jichi Medical School, where he was actively involved in clinical rheumatology practice as well as basic research in the field of Immunology. After completing his thesis studies, he worked as an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School while pursuing extensive studies of cellular and humoral immunity against pathogens to elucidate the precise host defense mechanisms. Upon his return to Japan, Dr. Takeda joined Dokkyo University School of Medicine and the current institute where he has been exploring the immuno-pathogenesis of connective tissue disease (CTD)-associated organ injury, leading to numerous publications including novel research into how T cells trigger and promote interstitial pneumonia in CTDs.

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Connective tissue diseases (CTDs) comprise a number of systemic autoimmune disorders and related conditions characterized by rheumatic manifestations, production of myriad autoantibodies, and varied immune-mediated organ injury. To achieve the best outcomes for patients, accurate evaluation has become critical, and thus advanced diagnostic and assessment modalities have been developed that have had a revolutionary impact in precise characterization of the disease conditions in CTDs. This book provides an in-depth look at the current state of CTDs, while also presenting an overview that is easily understandable to newcomers to the field. Chapters cover such conditions as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, systemic sclerosis spectrum diseases, and spondyloarthritis, as well as the importance of physical activity and exercise training in the clinical course of CTDs.

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