Shigeru Saito                   

Professor & Chairman

Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Toyama, Japan  

Nara Medical University, Nara, Japan  M.D.  1980  Medicine

Nara Medical University  Ph.D.  1985  Medicine 

Professional Positions:

1984-1990   Assistant Professor Medicine, Nara Medical University

1990-1998   Associate Professor Medicine, Nara Medical University

1998- Professor Medicine (Obstetrics and Gynecology),

Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University (2005~ University of Toyama)

2005-2009   Vice Superintendent, Toyama University Hospital 

Awards and Other Professional Activities:

1990        Young Scientist Award of Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology

1998-2005   Editorial Board, American Journal of Reproductive Immunology

1999-       Editorial Board, Journal of Reproductive Immunology

2002-2004   Vice President, American Society for Reproductive Immunology

2003-       Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Reproductive Immunology

2004-       Council member,

International Society for Immunology of Reproduction (ISIR)

2008        Congress President, Japan Society for Reprod. Immunol.  

2009-       Committee Chair, Perinatal Committee of Japan Soc. Obstet Gynecol.


Professor S. Saito has received Bachelor of Medicine in 1980 from Nara Medical University, Japan, and Ph. D. from Nara Medical University in 1985. During a postdoctoral period at Kyoto University Virus Center, he studied molecular biology and immunology, especially cytokines. Since 1990 he has served as associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Nara Medical University. Since April 1998, he has been Professor and Chairman in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University. He is one of the Editor-in-Chief of J. Reprod. Immunol.

His research interests have centered primarily at understanding the immunology at the maternal and fetal interface with particular emphasis on the roles of cytokines and chemokines and the immune cells that produce them in reproduction and perinatal medicine.

He is also interested in regulatory T cells and regulatory NK cells, and he has studied the pathophysiology of preeclampsia, recurrent pregnancy loss, and preterm labor. He has worked in Toyama University Hospital as a clinician, and has studied clinical investigation.