Joint Usage / Research Center

Advanced Research Initiative for Human High Performance,

University of Tsukuba

Research Divisions at ARIHHP

ARIHHP is composed of three divisions that comprise human activities: A) Kokoro, B) Waza and C) Karada. The core research on physical education and sport science is applied to a wide range of people, not only to athletes but also to normal healthy people as well as people with physical illnesses. With the aims of revealing the principles that optimize the activity of the human body and developing effective fundamental techniques, the sections are conducting cutting-edge research related to A) enhancing physical and mental performance, B) sport coaching techniques and C) health and exercise systems, respectively. In order to undertake effective operations within the physical education organization, each section not only works closely with the other sections, but they also work and share information with University of Tsukuba, the Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences research teams. Research is functionally allotted to each section and is carried out by five leading research facilities (a, b, c, d, e, in the diagram).

  • MIND
  • BODY

Research Facilities & Researchers

ARIHHP makes full use of cutting-edge research facilities to promote innovative next-generation health and sports sciences.

Kokoro DivisionPhysical and Cognitive Performance

a. Advanced Brain Analysis Facility

Research Objective:
We elucidate the effects of Exercise and sports on brain and mental function
Research Facilities Available at ARIHHP:
  • Human study facilities
  • 1. Brain imaging system, fNIRS /fMRI
  • 2. Eye mark recorder
  • Animal study facilities
  • 1. Transgenic animal facility
  • 2. Neurotransmitter measuring system, microdialysis/HPLC
  • 3. Brain metabolism measuring system, metabolic chamber/microwave irradiation/biosensor for metabolites
  • 4. Microscopes, confocal laser microscope/all-in-one fluorescence microscope/stereoscopic microscope
  • 5. Behavior experiment system, shield room/morris water maze/open field test/novel objection recognize test
  • Brain activity imaging system (confocal laser microscope)

  • Neurotransmitter measuring system (microdialysis)
    & Energy metabolism analyzing system (metabolic chamber)

  • Behavior experiment system
    (morris water maze)

Research Members:

Professor SAKAIRI Yosuke

Health Psychology, Sports Psychology, Sport Counseling

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Professor SOYA Hideaki

Biochemistry of exercise, Neuroendocrinology,
Neuroscience of exercise

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Professor YASSA Michael A.

Sports Neuroscience

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Assistant Professor AMEMIYA Rei

Sport Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Clinical Sport Psychology

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Assistant Professor OKAMOTO Masahiro

Exercise biochemistry & physiology, Sports neuroscience

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Assistant Professor KOKUBU Masahiro

Psychology of Physical Education and Sport, Experimental Psychology, Motor Learning

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TORMA Ferenc Gergely

Assistant Professor TORMA Ferenc Gergely

Exercise Physiology, Sport Nutrition

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Assistant Professor MATSUI Takashi

Exercise Biochemistry & Physiology, Brain Energetics

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Waza DivisionSport Coaching and Technology

b. Advanced Sport Engineering Facility

Research Objective:
Development of Advanced Sports Goods and Techniques
Research Facilities Available at ARIHHP:
Experimental Circulating Water Channel and Environmental Control Tank (Hydrodynamics of Swimming)
Sport Fluid Engineering Laboratory (Maximum wind speed is 55m/s, the degree of turbulence is less than 0.1%)
Optical 3D Motion Capture System (VICON)
  • Sport Fluid Engineering Laboratory

  • Circulating-type Low-speed Low-turbulence Wind Tunnel

  • Circulating Water Tank

Research Members:

Professor TAKAGI Hideki

Research Field: Biomechanics, Hydrodynamics

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Associate Professor SENGOKU Yasuo

Research Field: Coaching Science in Swimming

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Associate Professor YAMAGIWA Shinichi

Research Field: High Performance Computing, Computer System Architecture, Sports Sciences

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Assistant Professor TSUNOKAWA Takaaki

Research Field: Biomechanics in Swimming

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c. Advanced Physical Strength Training Facility

Research Objective:
Development of Advanced Sports Training and Evaluation Methods
Research Facilities Available at ARIHHP:
Optical 3D Motion Capture System (VICON) and force plate system
Indoor swimming pool
  • Equipped with VICON Sports Performance and
    Clinic Lab. (SPEC)

  • Indoor swimming pool (below grade pit)

  • Indoor swimming pool (poolside monitor)

Research Members:

Professor NISHIJIMA Takahiko

Research Field: Sport Statistics, Measurement and Evaluation in Physical Education, and Science Communication

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Associate Professor ENOMOTO Yasushi

Research Field: Science of Health, Physical Education and Sports Science,Physical Strength Studies

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Karada DivisionHealth Promotion Program

d. Cardiovascular & Respiratory Assessment Facility

Research Objective:
To elucidate how cardiovascular & respiratory systems adapt to exercise training and environmental stresses
Research Facilities Available at ARIHHP:
Environmental chambers (Barometric pressure, temperature, humidity and O2 concentration can be controlled)
Cardiorespiratory function analysis system
Blood flow analysis system (blood flow in the brain, heart and skeletal muscle measured by ultrasound technique)
Biochemical analysis system (using blood, saliva and urine sample etc.)

Hypobaric environmental chamber (Left: inside Right: outside)
*Barometric pressure and room temperature can be controlled

Research Members:

Professor NISHIYASU Takeshi

Research Fields: Exercise & Environmental Physiology

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Assistant Professor FUJII Naoto

Research Fields: Exercise & Environmental Physiology

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e. Advanced Energy Metabolism Facility

Research Objective:
To elucidate the effect of environment and exercise training on the energy metabolism
Research Facilities Available at ARIHHP:
Human calorimeter, metabolic chamber for animal
Bone-density measuring equipment (dual -energy X-ray absorptiometry)

Human calorimeter (left: sleeping, Center: exercising, Right: serving a meal)

Research Members:

Professor OMI Naomi

Research Field: Exercise& Sports Nutrition, Nutrition

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Professor TAKAHASHI Hideyuki

Research Field: Sports Medicine, Exercise Physiology

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Professor TAKEDA Fumi

Research Field: Public Health, Health Sociology, Health Education

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Professor TOKUYAMA Kumpei

Research Field: Sport Nutrition

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Associate Professor NAKATA Yoshio

Research Field: Translational Research in Health and Sport Sciences

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Assistant Professor SAGAYAMA Hiroyuki

Research Field: Exercise & Clinical Sport Nutrition

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Assistant Professor MONMA Takafumi

Research Field: Hygiene and public health, Applied health science

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Research Performance