Takashi Abe

Affiliation:International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine, University of Tsukuba

Research Title

Human sleep

Understanding and prevention of human errors due to sleepiness

01 Research Summary

Satoh/Tokuyama/Abe lab is a unit for human sleep research in the International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine at the University of Tsukuba. This unit is under the direction of three co-principal investigators: Professor Makoto Satoh, Professor Kumpei Tokuyama, and Associate Professor Takashi Abe. Abe group in this lab focus especially on human sleep and sleepiness research in order to achieve the understanding and prevention of human errors due to sleepiness/fatigue. We are conducting multidisciplinary research from basic to applied studies using humans as participants. Our current research themes for achieving this are: (1) elucidating the neural mechanism and the factors of vigilance impairment; (2) deployment of a novel method for detecting the impairment of vigilant attention; (3) non-pharmacological methods for preventing sleep loss. We have collaborated with national research institutes and companies to promote scientific findings to apply to society.

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02 Major achievements

Abe, T., Ogawa, K., Nittono, H., & Hori, T. Neural generators of brain potentials before rapid eye movements during human REM sleep: A study using sLORETA. Clinical Neurophysiology, 119, 2044-2053. 2008.

Abe, T., Nonomura, T., Komada, Y., Asaoka, S., Sasai, T., Ueno, A., Inoue, Y. Detecting deteriorated vigilance using percentage of eyelid closure time during behavioral maintenance of wakefulness tests. International Journal of Psychophysiology. 82, 269-274. 2011.

Goel,N.,* Abe,T.,* Braun, M.E., Dinges,D.F. Cognitive Workload and Sleep Restriction Interact to Influence Sleep Homeostatic Responses. SLEEP. 37(11),1745-1756. 2014. (*Co-first authors)

03 Education/Academic background and major awards

Education/Academic background

200-2008 Research fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Hiroshima University)
2008-2010 Postdoctoral fellow, Japan Somnology Center, Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan
2010-2013 Research fellow, Japan Somnology Center, Neuropsychiatric Research Institute
2011-2013 Postdoctoral fellow for Research Abroad, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (Pennsylvania University School of Medicine)
2013-2016 Aerospace project research associate, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
2016-2017 Senior researcher, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
2017- Associate professor, International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine(WPI-IIIS), University of Tsukuba

Awards

2004 Young Scientist Award Creative Research Award, The 15th World Congress of the International Society of Brain Electromagnetic Topography
2009 The 14th Encouraging Prize of Japanese Society of Sleep Research
2011 Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Welfare Foundation Award
2012 The 17th Encouraging Prize of Japanese Society of Sleep Research