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. He graduated from Akita University School of Medicine in Japan, and joined the Jichi Medical School, where he was actively involved in clinical practice of Rheumatology and basic researches of Immunology. After completing thesis studies, he moved to work at University of Massachusetts Medical School and pursued extensive studies of cellular and humoral immunity against pathogens to elucidate the precise host-defense-mechanisms, serving as Assistant Professor. Afterwords, he joined Dokkyo University School of Medicine and the current institute, where he has been exploring the immune-pathogenesis of connective tissue disease (CTD)-associated organ injury, leading to numerous publications including his researches concerning how T cells trigger and promote interstitial pneumonia in CTDs.

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