Welcome to Sekino Research Group

One of the key issues in an aging society is how to increase the human health span. The important things are to detect a disease at an early stage and to treat it non-invasively. Magnetic fields penetrate deeply into the human body without hazardous exposure effects. This feature enables us to use magnetic fields widely in diagnostic imaging and monitoring. Meanwhile, recent studies have shown that magnetic stimulation of the brain alleviates neuropathic pain. This treatment is now clinically applied as an alternative to brain surgery. Our laboratory is working on the development of future medical equipment using superconductors and electromagnetic fields. Research steps are composed devising novel equipment from discussion based on electromagnetics and superconductivity, design and optimization of the equipment using numerical simulations, and fabrication of real equipment.

News & Topics

2018/7/7-9
We enjoyed a laboratory trip to Okinawa. ani
2017/11/13-16
Our magnetic probe for identifying sentinel lymph node was displayed in MEDICA, the world's largest exhibition of medical devices.
2017/11/7
Masaki and Akihiro presented their works at the 62nd Annual Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials.
2017/10/24-25
Professor Pablo Irarrazaval (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) visited our laboratory. ani
2017/7/13-15
Our magnetic probe for identifying sentinel lymph node was displayed in the 25th Annual Meeting of Japanese Breast Cancer Society. ani
2016/9/24
Masaki gave a talk at the International Symposium on rTMS Treatments. ani
2016/7/14
Masaki gave a talk at the Telluride Neuromorphic Cognition Engineering Workshop.
2016/7/1-4
We enjoyed a laboratory trip to Seoul. Seoul
2016/6/13-8/10
Elaine Lu (University of California, Los Angeles), Adam Cellon (Princeton University), and Asli Ergin (Middle East Technical University) stayed at our laboratory for internship. ani
2016/5/14-15
We demonstrated an electromyographic control of excavator at the University of Tokyo May Festival. Thank you for visiting our booth. gogatu
2016/3/28
Students of Sapporo Kita High School toured the laboratory.
2016/3/25
Tatuya, Kaichi, Keita, and Daisuke, congratulations on your graduation!
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2016/3/24
Tatsuya, Keita, Kaichi, Daisuke, and Keita, congratulations on your graduation! Keita received the Excellent Master's Thesis Award in the Graduate School of Engineering. The title of his thesis is "Development of wide focus and high efficiency coil for TMS therapy at home." Tatsuya received the Excellent Master's Thesis Award in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems. The title of his thesis is "Development of flexible and wide-range polymer-based temperature sensor for human bodies."
2015/6/15-8/5
Ammad Ashraf (Princeton University) stayed 2 months at our laboratory through the partnership between Princeton University and the University of Tokyo.
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2015/6/8-7/30
Lauren Ryan (George Washington University) stayed 2 months at our laboratory through the Amgen Scholars internship program.
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2015/6/15
Keita presented his work at BioEM.
2015/5/18
Professor Tadashi Isa (National Institute for Physiological Sciences) visited our laboratory and gave a seminar.
2015/5/16-17
We demonstrated an electromyographic control of excavator at the University of Tokyo May Festival. Thank you for visiting our booth.
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2015/5/15
Masaki presented his collaborative work at IEEE International Magnetics Conference.
2015/5/7-9
Yusuke, Kaichi, Shintaro, and Daisuke presented their works at the 54th Annual Conference of Japanese Society for Medical and Biological Engineering.
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2015/4/30
Masaki has become an editorial board member of the journal Scientific Reports.
2015/4/9
We held a welcome dinner for newcomers jointly with Ohsaki research group.
2015/4/3
Masaki gave a seminar in the Center for Information and Neural Networks (CiNet).
2015/3/26
Students of Sapporo Kita High School toured the laboratory.
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2015/3/25
Toshiki received the Excellent Graduation Thesis Award. The title of his thesis is "fMRI of brain activities evoked by tactile allodynia."
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2015/3/25
Yusuke, thank you for your great work. Tetsu, Toshiki, and Shintaro, congratulations on your graduation!
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2015/3/1
Dr. Muneer Ahmed (King’s College London) stays 1 month at our laboratory for collaborative project.
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2015/2/12
Yo's paper was accepted for publication. Y. Chin, D. Kim, T. Takewa, T. Someya, and M. Sekino, "Estimating evoked magnetic fields in a rat brain using the measured distribution of somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs)," IEEE Transactions on Magnetics.
2015/1/12
Masaki gave a seminar in the Department of Breast Surgery, Guy's Hospital (King's College London).
2014/12/19
Achievement of ERATO Someya Bio-Harmonized Electronics Project has been published in Nature Communications. S. Lee, Y. Inoue, D. Kim, A. Reuveny, K. Kuribara, T. Yokota, J. Reeder, M. Sekino, T. Sekitani, Y. Abe, and T. Someya, "A strain-absorbing design for tissue-machine interfaces using a tunable adhesive gel."
2014/11/27
Keita presented his work in 7th Biomedical Engineering International Conference.
2014/11/25
Professor Shailendra Joshi (Columbia University Medical Center) visited our laboratory and gave a seminar.
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2014/11/5
Masaki and Taeseong presented their works at the 59th Annual Magnetism & Magnetic Materials Conference.
2014/11/4
Keita’s paper was accepted for publication. K. Yamamoto, M. Suyama, Y. Takiyama, D. Kim, Y. Saitoh, and M. Sekino, “Characteristics of bowl-shaped coils for transcranial magnetic stimulation,” Journal of Applied Physics.
2014/10/24
Professor Michael Douek (King's College London) visited our laboratory and gave a seminar.
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2014/10/23
Taeseong's paper was accepted for publication. T. Woo, D. Kim, T. Someya, and M. Sekino, "Design of RF pulse waveforms for mitigating signal inhomogeneity in MRI due to metallic implants," Journal of Applied Physics.
2014/10/8
Chile-Japan Academic Forum was held at the University of Tokyo. Masaki gave a talk in the Seminar on Medical Imaging Technologies in Bioengineering. Professors Pablo Irarrázaval Mena and Diego Celentano visited our laboratory.
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2014/10/3
Students of Numazu Higashi High School toured the University of Tokyo. Masaki gave a lecture, and we demonstrated an electromyographic control of excavator.
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