Laboratory of Clinical Locomotor Science

To extend healthy life expectancy and to create a lively society, locomotor health is a key issue.  Our laboratory studies locomotor disturbances and effective interventions for them from a broad range of perspectives, including the cell, organ, individual and society.  Our aim is to contribute, from the standpoint of locomotor science, to a society in which all generations remain active according to their ability and responsibility and for which a new hope for the next era is always produced through vivid information flow and sound discussion.

Research and Education

To achieve our aim, we design research projects in collaboration with local governments and regional organizations.  We also collaborate with Kyoto University Hospital on our clinical research studies.  Examples of our ongoing research are as follows:
  • Analysis, prevention and improvement of motor disturbances due to aging and/or musculoskeletal diseases
  • Prevention of falls
  • Prevention of sports injuries
  • Prevention of fragility fractures
  • Cancer rehabilitation
  • Prevention of the need for long-term care
We also play a role in the development of physical therapists at the School of Human Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University.  We welcome motivated postgraduate students and promote their research activities.  The goal of our educational activities is to provide our students with the ability to establish important evidence in the field of locomotor science, together with the creativity to apply flexible thinking toward mental factors, social systems and the environment.

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Recent Publications

  1. Nagai K, Yamada M, Tanaka B, Uemura K, Mori S, Aoyama T, Ichihashi N, Tsuboyama T. Effects of balance training on muscle coactivation during postural control in older adults: a randomized controlled trial. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2012;67: 882-9.
  2. Tatematsu N, Ezoe Y, Tanaka E, Muto M, Sakai Y, Tsuboyama T.  Impact of neoadjuvant chemotherapy on physical fitness, physical activity and health-related quality of life of patients with resectable esophageal cancer.  Am J Clin Oncol. 2013;36(1):53-6.
  3. Yamada M, Arai H, Sonoda T, Aoyama T. Community-based exercise program is cost-effective by preventing care and disability in Japanese frail older adults. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2012;13(6):507-11.
  4. Aoyama T, Toguchida J. Isolation of bone marrow stromal cells from bone marrow by using a filtering device (Method). Stem Cells and Cancer Stem Cells. Springer.Vol2, Chapter1,pp3-12, 2012.
  5. Kayama H, Okamoto K, Nishiguchi S, Nagai K, Yamada M, Aoyama T. Concept software on Kinect for assessing dual-task ability of elderly people. Gamed for Health J. 2012; 1(5): 348-52.


Tadao TSUBOYAMA, M.D., Ph.D.
Tomoki AOYAMA, M.D., Ph.D.
Minoru YAMADA, R.P.T., Ph.D.

TEL    075-751-3948(Tsuboyama)3952(Aoyama)3964(Yamada)
FAX    075-751-3948