Program Supervisor (PS)



Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Brain
Science Institute, Tamagawa 
University / Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine

In June 2018, “Brain/MINDS Beyond” was launched in order to participate in the dramatic development of brain sciences in Japan and the whole world through collaborations with national projects in the United States and in European countries. I hope and expect to reach a new stage of understanding of the human “mind” based on activities in specific brain molecules and neuronal circuits as well as the diagnosis and treatment of psycho-neurologic diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia.

Program Officer (PO)


Toshihisa OHTSUKA

M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Graduate
School of Medical Science,
University of Yamanashi

Neuroscientists in cutting-edge fields such as neuroimaging, comparative research among primates, and AI technologies have participated in this newly launched brain project and seek to obtain breakthrough results that contribute to the establishment of intense cooperation with other big projects in neuroscience not only in Japan but also in the USA, Europe, and Asia. As a program officer, I would like to fulfil my obligations to meet the expectations of people toward brain science. I would like to thank everyone for their understanding and cooperation in this endeavor.

Program Officer (PO)


Shigenobu KANBA

M.D.,Ph.D., Professor Emeritus
Institute, Kyushu University

Mental and neurological diseases, such as developmental disorders schizophrenia, depression and Alzheimer's disease, severely impair the quality of life of patients from childhood to old age. Therefore there is a need for the elucidation of these diseases and the development of innovative treatments to tackle them. As a program officer with a psychiatric background, I would like to contribute to the promotion of this revolutionary project. This project aims to create breakthrough results by linking brain science research internationally and domestically.

Program Officer (PO)



Ph.D., Professor, Brain Science
Institute, Tamagawa University

This project aims to promote brain science research from an international perspective. In order to make this project successful, it is important to actively develop international partnerships and promote research that draws global attention and that is highly original. In addition, it is necessary to mobilize researchers from various fields and to establish a system for collaboration throughout Japan. I will fulfill my responsibilities as a program officer.