Greetings from the Head of the OIE Joint Collaborating Centre for Food Safety at DHES

In Japan, an epidemic of Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) occurred in 2010, which resulted in the loss 300,000 animals. In Asian regions, including Japan, the outbreaks of important animal infectious diseases such as FMD, highly pathogenic avian influenza and porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) are frequently reported. This is due to globalization with an increase in travel and the quantity of trade in animal and animal products. In addition, global warming may cause the expansion of tropical zones due to the change of vector distribution. The prevalence of multi-drug resistant bacteria is increasing in countries where regulation for prudent use of antimicrobials is not enforced. These multiple factors resulted in increasing risks of animal and zoonotic diseases.
In order to tackle these global threats, cooperation between countries is essential. The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), which was established in 1924 in Paris, contributes to the stability of global economics and improvement of health through global coordination of responses against animal and zoonotic diseases by establishing international codes and providing technical support.
At the OIE Annual General Session in 2014 May, the Division of Health and Environmental Sciences (DHES) of Department of Veterinary Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, Rakuno Gakuen University, was appointed to be a part of consortium as the OIE Joint Collaborating Centre for Food Safety, together with the Veterinary Public Health Centre (VPHC) in Singapore, and the Food Safety Research Center at the University of Tokyo which until this time had been the sole OIE Collaborating Centre.
DHES is an educational and research body comprising of seven units: Veterinary Hygiene, Herd Health, Food Microbiology and Food Safety, Zoonotic Diseases, Veterinary Epidemiology, Environmental Hygiene, and Veterinary Ethics which covers ‘health, from farm to fork and of the environment, in a sustainable manner’. We, as the OIE Centre, collaborating with VPHC and the University of Tokyo, contribute to improvement of Food Safety in OIE member countries including Japan, through technical supports and education.
We would like to welcome any requests and opportunities on collaborative research and training, to fulfil our responsibility as the OIE Centre.

Dr. Kohei MAKITA

Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology
Head of the OIE Joint Collaborating Centre for Food Safety at DHES, Rakuno Gakuen University


Veterinary EpidemiologyProfessorKohei MakitaOne Health EpidemiologyLink
Veterinary Herd HealthProfessorShin OikawaHerd HealthLink
LecturerRika FukumoriAnimal life science, Animal production science, Nutrient physiologyLink
Environmental Health SciencesAssociate ProfessorJun NodaEnvironmental Health Scinece, Atmospheric Scinece, BioaerosolLink
Food Microbiology and Food SafetyAssociate ProfessorMasaru UsuiAntimicrobial ResistanceLink
Animal HealthProfessorHajime NagahataAnimal HealthLink
ProfessorHidetoshi Higuchi/td>Mastitis ControlLink
Zoonotic DiseasesProfessorYasukazu MuramatsuZoonosis diagnosticsLink
LecturerLeo UchidaVector-borne zoonotic viruses, Molecular virologyLink
Veterinary EthicsAssociate ProfessorYuko TakahashiVeterinary EthicsLink


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