- B.S. — Physical Therapy
Kibi International University, Okayama, JAPAN
- MSc. — Cytology & Histology
Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine & Dentistry, Okayama,
- Ph.D. — Neurological Surgery
Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry & Pharmaceutical
Sciences, Okayama, JAPAN
- Postdoctoral Fellowship — Neurosurgery & Brain Repair
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida,
Dr. Naoki Tajiri embodies translational "bench to clinic" research in advancing stem cell and rehabilitation therapy for neurological disorders, specifically ischemic stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), Parkinson’s disease (PD), Alzheimer's disease (AD), and temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). He employs clinically relevant animal models of human neurological disorders to test effectiveness and safety, as well as mechanisms of action of exercise and stem cells, which are pivotal parameters for clinical application. His research focuses on these models to better understand the mechanisms of cell death and to develop treatment strategies in retarding the disease process. His background is in regenerative medicine with specific training and expertise in stem cell and rehabilitation therapy.
Dr. Tajiri practiced as a physical therapist in Japan prior to his post-doctoral fellowship at the USF Department of Neurosurgery & Brain Repair. His current clinical and research work focuses on rehabilitation of neurological disorders. He has authored and co-authored many peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and has presented at various national and international scientific meetings.