Prof. Masato Taira

Prof. Taira
Professor, Department of Cognitive Neurobiology,
Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Tokyo Medical and Dental University

Masato Taira is a Professor of Department of Cognitive Neurobiology at Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU). His specialty is neurophysiology. After receiving his Ph.D. for basic research into the neural mechanisms of mastication with Prof. Yoshio Nakamura at TMDU, Dr. Taira obtained a postdoctoral fellow position at Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Neuroscience and then moved to Nihon University School of Medicine. During this time, he started a single unit recording from the parietal cortex of an awake monkey and revealed the cortical mechanisms for visual control of hand manipulation movement. He studied abroad as visiting assistant professor with Prof. Apostolos Georgopoulos at The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Minnesota, concentrating his studies on the primary motor cortex (Science, 1993). Since he returned to Japan in 1994, he has been studying the function of the parietal cortex by the use of single unit recording in animals and functional MRI scanning in humans, and he has published papers concerning neural mechanisms for stereopsis (Science, 2002) and navigation (PNAS, 2006) with his collaborators.

Prof. Taira's ISP2012 Symposium Talk Abstract:
Neural mechanisms for navigation: Comparison between the medial parietal region and the parahippocampal gyrus
Prof. Taira's TMDU Research Profile:
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