Principal investigators

Hiromasa Takemura

Diffusion MRI, Tractography, Visual neuroscience

Main Lab Location:

Department of System Neuroscience
National Institute for Physiological Sciences

Mailing Address:

38 Nishigonaka Myodaiji, Okazaki, Aichi, 444-8585 Japan


htakemur at


The human brain has many long-range connections throughout white matter, which are essential for communication across distant brain regions having different functions. Recent progress on diffusion MRI and fiber tractography opens an avenue for identifying white matter fascicles in the living human brain. I think that an understanding of the tissue and network properties of white matter is crucial for elucidating how the human brain is able to process massive information throughout efficient communications across distant regions.

Using diffusion MRI and fiber tractography, I am studying the long-range white matter fascicles and examining the tissue properties along fascicles in relation to behavior, health and disease. In particular, I am focusing on the white matter fascicles involved in visual processing and multi-sensory integration. I am also developing the analysis method to improve the performance of fiber tractography.

Selected Publications:

Takemura, H., Pestilli, F., Weiner, K. S., Keliris, G. A., Landi, S. M., Sliwa, J., Ye, F. Q., Barnett, M. A., Leopold, D. A., Freiwald, W. A., Logothetis, N. K., Wandell, B. A. (2017) Occipital white matter tracts in human and macaque. Cerebral Cortex, 27(6), 3346-3359. CiNet News

Takemura, H., Caiafa, C. F., Wandell, B. A., Pestilli, F. (2016) Ensemble Tractography. PLoS Computational Biology 12(2): e1004692. CiNet News

Takemura, H., Rokem, A., Winawer, J., Yeatman, J. D., Wandell, B. A. & Pestilli, F. (2016) A major human white-matter pathway between dorsal and ventral visual cortex. Cerebral Cortex. 26(5): 2205-2214. CiNet News

Takemura, H., Ashida, H., Amano, K., Kitaoka, A. & Murakami, I. (2012) Neural correlates of induced motion perception in the human brain. The Journal of Neuroscience, 32(41), 14344-14354.

Lab Members:

・Tomoyo Morita
・Hiroki Oishi
・Maiko Uesaki

Technical Staff
・Susumu Minamiyama

・Toshikazu Miyata