About Us

Atsushi Ishii

I am a Pediatric Neurologist at Fukuoka University currently studying genetics for epilepsies. Previously, as a postdoc working under Dr. Michael Hammer (who was responsible for the discovery of SCN8A mutations in epileptic encephalopathy) at the University of Arizona, I learned medical genetics by NGS sequencing and analysis of phenotype influence according to the variant. I hope that this website will become a convenient tool for researchers to develop SCN1A studies further.


Mami Shibata

I am a Ph.D. researcher in the Research Institute for the Molecular Pathomechanisms of Epilepsy at Fukuoka University. I started working with Dr. Hirose and Dr. Ishii in March 2016. Currently, I’m trying to find new epilepsy-related genes and biological mechanisms using Next generation sequencing technology and in silico analysis. I hope that my research will help make effective anti-epileptic drugs.


Ayako Goto

I am a Fukuoka University post-graduate student and Pediatrician. I have great interest in the science of genetics and was assigned by Dr. Hirose on epilepsy genetics. Currently I am researching and learning about SCN1A, KCNQ2 and PCDH19 related epilepsy and was in charge of making the introduction of SCN1A on this website. I hope it will help all who are involved with SCN1A related research.


Kevin Moreira

I am a M.D. currently working as a post-doc researcher in the Research Institute for the Molecular Pathomechanisms of Epilepsy at Fukuoka University. I’ve been officially working at Dr. Hirose’s laboratory since May 2017, however my partnership with Dr. Hirose and Dr. Ishii began years ago while still a student at my medical school in Brazil. My research is drug repositioning for the treatment of SCN1A-related epilepsy using primary culture and Maestro analysis of neuronal signals. I have been passionate about treating epilepsy for a while now and I hope to be able to help make a significant change in the lives of patients who suffer from these devastating diseases.