Kazuhito Morioka, MD, PhD
|The Jikei University, School of Medicine, Japan||MD||03/2000||School of Medicine|
|The University of Tokyo and the affiliated hospitals, Japan||Residency||06/2002||Orthopaedic Surgery|
|The University of Tokyo, Japan||PhD||03/2009||Graduate School of Medicine|
|National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities, Japan||Research Fellow||03/2012||Neuroscience|
|University of California, San Francisco, CA||Postdoctoral Research Fellow||03/2018||Neurological Surgery|
|University of California, San Francisco, CA||03/2021||Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training|
|27th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Bone and Mineral Research||2009||Young Investigator Award (Clinical Research)|
|31st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research||2009||Plenary Poster|
|Japan Neuroscience Society & Society for Neuroscience||2011||JNS-SfN Exchange Travel Award|
|32th Annual symposium of the National Neurotrauma Society||2014||Student Competition Finalist Presenter|
|33rd Annual symposium of the National Neurotrauma Society||2015||Student Competition Finalist Presenter|
Over the past 10 years, Dr. Morioka has worked in clinical orthopaedic surgery from an emergency to rehabilitation as a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon at the University of Tokyo. In the Ph.D., he focused my clinical scientist training on better understanding orthopaedic disorders and developing innovative therapies at Dr. Yusuke Nakamura’s Laboratory, University of Tokyo. After training of pre-clinical central nervous system trauma research at Dr. Martin E. Schwab’s Laboratory, University of Zurich, he conducted the funded projects on spinal cord injury (SCI) research focusing on disuse and spasticity at Japanese National Rehabilitation Center. His mentoring and grantsmanship skills were developed through these experiences.
As a postdoctoral fellow in the UCSF Brain and Spinal Injury Center (BASIC), Dr. Morioka performed research on synaptic plasticity after injury using a comprehensive approach to identify the mechanisms underlying the pathological alternations, which was supported by an Austrian research grant. Leveraging his broad background and expertise, he conducted the collaborative research on polytrauma (traumatic brain injury with concomitant bone fracture) with the UCSF Orthopaedic Trauma Institute (OTI), osteoarthritis with the UCSF Radiology & Biomedical Imaging, microgravity with the UCSD Clinical Physiology Laboratory, and translational SCI with the VA Gordon Mansfield SCI Consortium. These experiences formulated his scientific approach as well as strengthened his mentoring ability.
Dr. Morioka’s current research at the OTI focuses on endochondral fracture healing to study pathological mechanisms and therapeutic intervention for intractable bone fractures, such as delayed, mal, non-union in terms of the interaction between the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. His future research interests are shaped by all experiences toward the cross-interaction within both systems for further understanding of systematical mechanisms of orthopaedic disorders. He hopes that his works might improve patients' quality of life by addressing significant unmet clinical needs.
, Spinal cord injury
, Traumatic brain injury
, Musculoskeletal system
, Central nervous system
, Translational research
, Neurological surgery
, Orthopaedic surgery