Staff and specialities

Professor: Masahito Hitosugi, MD, PhD 
   (Authorized Dr. of Forensic Medicine)
Associate Professor: Satoshi Furukawa, MD, PhD 
   (Authorized Dr. of Emergency Medicine)
Senior Assistant Professor: Satomu Morita, MD
   (Authorized Medical Examiner、Authorized Dr. of Respiratory Medicine)

Outline of the department

Our department provide all Forensic Medicine related services in Shiga Prefecture.
The main job is medicolegal death investigation including forensic autopsy. 
Also, under the prompt diagnosis of abused patients, preventive measures are taken incorporate with child and lady consultation centers.
The research in this department is concerned with the prevention, 
analysis of the mechanisms of death, development of the diagnostic technique based 
on the knowledge of histochemistry, pathology, biomechanics and biorheology.

Following projects are proceeding.
1. Promotion of the traffic safety. 
   We examined the traffic collision cases due to the sudden illness of the drivers. 
   Effective pre-crash safety system is developed with R&D of automotive manufactures. 
   Also, we medically support the diseased patients willing to driving resumption with 
   rehabilitation staffs in Tokyo.
2. Analysis of the injuries. 
   We examine the injuries of autopsied victims and determine the mechanism and 
   severity of injuries. 
   With the reconstruction of the event scene by FE model, applied forces 
   (e.g. linear or rotational acceleration) are estimated. According to the combined 
        biomechanical knowledge and autopsy results, threshold of injuries are examined. 
        These measures are applied for the promotion of sports, traffic, work related injury 
        prevention.
3. Prevention of thrombosis. Thombosis is one of the major cause of sudden death. 
   To improve the blood flow, substance with antithrombotic and 
   fibrinolytic effects was extracted by Japanese traditional food natto. 
   To prevent the death due to thrombosis, we examined the usefulness of 
   this substance clinically.  
4.Research on Disease of Forensic Interest.
   We are examining the sudden death syndrome and cardiovascular disease using 
   molecular biological techniques, immunohistochemistry and conventional histochemistyry 
   to search for diagnostic and/or preventative measures.
5. Development of Precise Means for Estimation of Postmortem Interval.
   We are attempting to develop new precise method for the estimation of postmortem 
   interval using the quantitative analysis of the protease in the cerebrospinal fluid.
6.Institution of the Multi-disciplinary System for Victims who survived Child Abuse, 
   Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault