Daisuke Hayasaka

Nagasaki UniversityJapan

Dr. Daisuke Hayasaka is a research scientist at the Institute of Tropical Medicine (Nekken) at Nagasaki University in Japan. He received his PhD in Veterinary Medicine at the Graduate school of Veterinary Medicine at Hokkaido University. He had a postdoctoral training at the Center for Infectious Disease and Vaccine Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the USA. His research interest is on the pathogenesis of neurotropic viruses, especially encephalitic viruses that include Japanese encephalitis virus and tick-borne encephalitis virus.

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Many infectious agents, such as viruses, bacteria, and parasites, can cause inflammation of the central nervous system (CNS). Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain parenchyma, which may result in a more advanced and serious disease meningoencephalitis. To establish accurate diagnosis and develop effective vaccines and drugs to overcome this disease, it is important to understand and elucidate the mechanism of its pathogenesis. This book, which is divided into four sections, provides comprehensive commentaries on encephalitis. The first section (6 chapters) covers diagnosis and clinical symptoms of encephalitis with some neurological disorders. The second section (5 chapters) reviews some virus infections with the outlines of inflammatory and chemokine responses. The third section (7 chapters) deals with the non-viral causative agents of encephalitis. The last section (4 chapters) discusses the experimental model of encephalitis. The different chapters of this book provide valuable and important information not only to the researchers, but also to the physician and health care workers.

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