About the IHLI

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.
To address social issues facing an aging society with fewer children, the IHLI 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 the aim of positive aging.

Organization & Research content

The Institute for Human Life Innovation consists of “life sciences division”, “food and environmental science division” and “glycoscience division”. It promotes the following:

Foster active children

Fostering healthy, vibrant, and active children

To support mental and physical growth of children will, the IHLI researches dietary habits including appropriate nutritional intake, develops exercise for strong bodies and artistic activities for psychological well-being.

Active daily life

Improvement of QOL and elongation of a healthy life span

To make mental and physical health withstand stress and diseases throughout life, the IHLI promotes the research and development for prevention and treatment of stress-related illness and metabolic syndrome, and the research for the genetic effect of low-nutrition on the health of adolescents and people with small children. The IHLI produces education programs for various ages.

Make senior citizens healthier

Achieve a healthy-longevity with the aim of positive aging

To increase self-management skills of senior citizens, the IHLI supports the development of medical treatment for locomotive syndrome and neurodegenerative disease, and the 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 IHLI collaborates with companies and supports the research for pharmaceutical products for osteoarthritis and neurodegenerative disease, such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, and development of “health food and additive substance”.

Spreading effect of 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 policies for overcoming from the stress, lifestyle related diseases and aging. Healthy growth of the child, improvement of QOL, and fruition of active life for the elderly. (Social effects)



Yoko Fujiwara (Nutritional chemistry)


Yasunori Miyamoto (Neurobiology)
Tomoko Ishikawa (Nutritional chemistry)
Mari Gotoh (Lipid biochemistry)
Kimie Date (Glycoscience)


Kyoko Aikawa (Glycobiology)
Kaoruko Iida (Lifestyle medicine)
Haruko Ogawa (Glycoscience)
Midori Kasai(Cookery science)
Misako Kato (Plant physiology)
Tetsuyuki Kobayashi (Lipid biochemistry)
Kazuyoshi Chiba(Molecular and developmental biology)
Masayuki Hatta (Biology of the Coral)
Zenichiro Honda(Allergology, Rheumatology)
Hidehiko Miyake(Clinical genetics)
Masatsune Murata (Food preservation & processing)
Yasujiro Morimitsu(Functional foods and food chemistry)
Kei Yura(Computational biology)
Rumi Kondo(Population genetics)
Aya Tanatani (Medicinal chemistry)
Ikuyo Ichi (Lipid nutrition)
Motoko Sasaki(Genetic counseling)
Atsuko Sato(Environment, Development and Evolution)
Hideaki Mabashi(Nutrition engineering)
Hiromu Monai(Neurophysiology and biophysics)

Academic Assistant

Yoshie Hosaka
Kyoko Kurimoto