About the IHLS

The Institute for Human Life Innovation (IHLI) is organized with the academic faculty at Ochanomizu university, who specializes in biological sciences and human life sciences. It was founded in April 2016, aimed at research and development for people to live healthy lives, as well as innovation for a safe and secure social environment. In April 2022, the name was changed to The Institute for Human Life Science(IHLS) due to organizational restructuring.
To address social issues facing an aging society with fewer children, the IHLS has the following goals:

  1. Fostering healthy, vibrant, and active children
  2. Improvement of QOL throughout life and elongation of a healthy life-span.
  3. Achieve a healthy-longevity with QOL maintained

Organization & Research content

The Institute for Human Life Science consists of the “Biochemistry and metabolomics division”, “Nutritional science division”, “Food science division”, “Glycoscience division”, “Genetics division” and “Development and evolution division”. It promotes the following:

Healthy growth

Fostering healthy, vibrant, and active children

For the young generation supporting the future of our country to grow healthier, the IHLS promotes research to propose dietary habits for the healthy mental and physical growth of children.

Active daily life

Improvement of QOL and maintenance of health

To make mental and physical health withstand stress and diseases throughout life, the IHLS promotes research and development for prevention and improvement of inflammation, infection and metabolic syndrome. The IHLS produces education programs for various generations from adolescence to child rearing.

Healthier senior citizens

Achieve healthy longevity with maintained QOL

To increase self-management skills of senior citizens, the IHLS supports the development of medical treatment for locomotive syndrome and neurodegenerative disease, and promotion for appropriate diet and exercise for senior citizens.

Application and development

Development of pharmaceutical products in collaboration with companies and other research institutions

For a healthy and active life, the IHLS collaborates with companies and promotes the research and development of “Pharmaceutical products for osteoarthritis”, “Suppression of inflammation associated with traumatic brain injury and hemorrhagic shock”, and “Prevention of life-style related diseases and development of foods that contribute to QOL of elderly people”.

The effects of our research results

・Basic understanding of biological phenomena, creation of novel regulatory strategies and elucidation for biological activities. (Scientific effects)
・Promotion of healthy-longevity through research and development on measures to overcome stress, lifestyle related diseases and aging. Healthy growth of children, improvement of QOL, and fruition of active life for the elderly. (Social effects)



Yoko Fujiwara (Nutritional chemistry)


Yasunori Miyamoto (Neurobiology)
Teikichi Ikura (biophysics)
Emi Ito (Plant cell science)
Yoko Ito (Plant cell biology)
Yoko Kanbara (Genetic counseling)


Kyoko Aikawa (Glycobiology)
Rie Akamatsu (Nutrition education)
Kaoruko Iida (Lifestyle medicine)
Noriko Sudo (Nutrition assistance in disasters)
Aya Tanatani (Medicinal chemistry)
Kazuyoshi Chiba (Molecular and developmental biology)
Masayuki Hatta (Biology of the coral)
Hidehiko Miyake (Clinical genetics)
Yasujiro Morimitsu (Functional foods and food chemistry)
Kei Yura (Computational biology)
Ikuyo Ichi (Lipid nutrition)
Tomohiro Uemura (Plant cell biology)
Rumi Kondo (Population genetics)
Atsuko Sato (Environment, Development and Evolution)
Yoko Nitta (Culinary food science)
Kenji Ohgane (Chemical biology)
Masaki Kobayashi(Molecular Metabolism and Basic Nutrition)
Motoko Sasaki (Genetic counseling)
Yoko Sato(Food service management)
Kyoko Noda(Food preservation and processing)
Hiromu Monai (Neurophysiology and biophysics)

Visiting Faculty

Tomoko Ishikawa (Nutritional chemistry)
Yoshiki Yamaguchi(Structural Glycobiology)
Yang, Suh-Ching
Yasuhiko Kizuka(Glyco-biochemistry)
Mari Gotoh (Lipid biochemistry)
Yuka Toyoshima (Nutritional science)
Mieko Nakamura (Public health )

Project Associate Fellow

Kanae Tsuji

Research Support Member

Kimie Date (Glycoscience)
Motoko Watanabe(Genetic Counseling)

Academic Assistant

Yoshie Hosaka