Information for Exchange Students



Name of the department: Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine,

University of Miyazaki

Head of the department: Professor Nobuhisa Naoi, MD, PhD

Tutor(s): Professor Nobuhisa Naoi, MD (Retina), PhD

Assistant Professor Hideki Chuman, MD (Neuro-ophthalmology) ,PhD

Language(s): English/Japanese

Duration: Either 1 month or 2 weeks

Period of year: Year-round with the exception of dates from Apr. 29th to May. 7th and

Dec.25th to Jan.6th

Acceptable number of students (per period/per year): 2/period, 6/year


Clinical training:

Details of the clinical training and training contents

・Observation of outpatient clinic and wards

・Participation in surgical team

・Clinic of neuro ophthalmology

・Clinic of retinal diseases


Research Project:

Name of the project: The evaluation of visual function in the rodent model of non-arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy (r-NAION) and its therapeutic applications.

Description of the project (including, relation to the main work of the laboratory, procedures and methods used in the project):Non-arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION) is caused by a sudden decrease in blood flow to a level insufficient for optic nerve, and is a major cause of optic nerve dysfunction. Effective treatment for this refractory has not yet been found. Therefore, we must first make an animal model of NAION to evaluate the therapeutic effects of contrast agents that could be applied clinically. After making a successful model of NAION, we will review treatments that has been attempted so far and will test new therapies. Currently, we are putting together 3 teams to study and evaluate vascular response; an NAION model group, an electrophysiological evaluation group, and a pathological evaluation group. Though students participating in our research will be trained, the training period is short, so conducting research at the Animal Research Center will not be possible, as a result some techniques will not be practiced.


Requirements (if special knowledge is needed): No special knowledge is needed, but students who are interested in the research field are highly recommended.