National Institute for Physiological Sciences Takemura Lab Sensory & Cognitive Brain Mapping
National Institute for Physiological SciencesNational Institute for Physiological Sciences

About the Lab


Our laboratory is mainly using neuroimaging to clarify relationship between structure and function of human brains. Various activities in daily life are supported by information processing in the brain. While neuroscience made a substantial progress to understand brain functions, a major question regarding how brain functions emerge from brain structure remains largely unresolved.

Takemura Lab belongs to the National Institute for Physiological Sciences, which is the institute located in Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture in Japan. Takemura Lab also has a branch in Center for Information and Neural Networks (CiNet), NICT and Osaka University, in Suita City, Osaka Prefecture in Japan.

We are trying to understand structure-function relationship in the brain by combining multiple approached described below.

Visual Neuroscience

We investigate how visual information from the environment is processed in human brains by investigating brain activity and underlying brain structure.

Brain Imaging and Analysis Methods

We are working on developing methods to improve a precision of current neuroimaging data acquisition methods by using 7T MRI installed in National Institute for Physiological Sciences. We are also working on improving analysis methods on neuroimaging data.

Comparative Brain Mapping

Neuroscience studies include studies on human brains and animal brains. Both approaches have complementary advantages. We are aiming to investigate in which aspect animal brains are similar or different from human brains, to improve our understandings on human brain functions and disorders. In our laboratory, we use neuroimaging methods to perform comparative analysis.

Collaborative Works with Clinicians

Our laboratory is collaborating with the clinical group on ophthalmology (Jikei University) to investigate how retinal disorders affect nervous system for contributing to our society.