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Okinawa Churashima RESEARCH CENTER

Research on marine organisms

Research staff profile

Keiichi Ueda

Keiichi Ueda, Ph.D.

Area of expertise Clinical veterinary of the small cetaceans
Research content Research on surgical procedures of aquatic animals
Research on fungal infections concerning the small cetaceans


  • 1996 - Bachelor of Agriculture in Veterinary Medicine Rakuno Gakuen University
  • 1996 - Served at Okinawa Marine Organism Breeding Technology Center
  • 2002 - Current post at the Ocean Exposition Commemorative Park Management Foundation (Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium)
  • 2008 - Additional post at the Research Center
  • 2013 - Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Awards received and others

  • 2005 - Excellence in Science Communication Award at the 16th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals
  • 2006 - Excellent Presentation Award at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Medical Mycology
  • 2009 - Artificial tail fin patented
  • 2012 - Excellent Presentation Award at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Medical Mycology
  • 2012 - Excellent Presentation Award at the Rehabilitation Care Joint Study Conference Sapporo 2012
  • 2013 - Soma Award of the Japan Placenta Association
  • 2013~2014 - Excellent Paper Award of the Journal of Physical Therapy Science

Essays, Reports

  • Ueda K, Murakami M, Kato J, Miyahara H, Izumisawa Y (2013) Intervention to improve the quality of life of a bottlenose dolphin that developed necrosis on the tail flukes. Journal of Physical Therapy Science 25:1201-1207.
  • Ueda K, Sano A, Yamate, Itano-Nakagawa E, Kuwamura M, Izawa T, Tanaka M, Hasegawa Y, Chibana H, Izumisawa Y, Miyahara H, Uchida S (2013) Two Cases of Lacaziosis in Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Japan. Veterinary Medicine 2013: Article ID 318548, 9 pages (
  • Ueda K, Izumisawa Y, Miyahara H (2014) Surgical Treatment of Dolphins (Tursiops aduncus, Tursiops truncatus, Pseudorca crassidens, and Steno bredanensis) in an Aquarium. Aquatic Mammals 2014, 40(2), 185-190, DOI 10.1578/AM.40.2.2014.185
  • Tomita T, Toda M, Ueda K, Uchida S, Nakaya K (2012) Live-brearing manta ray: How the embryo acquires oxygen without placenta and umbilical cord. Biology Letters 8:721-724.
  • Suzuki M, Nozawa A, Ueda K, Bungo T, Terao H, Asahina K (2012) Secretory patterns of catecholamines in Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins. General and Comparative Endocrinology 177: 76–81.
  • Funasaka N, Yoshioka M, Suzuki M, Ueda K, Miyahara H, Uchida S (2011) Seasonal Difference of Diurnal Variations in Serum Melatonin, Cortisol, Testosterone, and Rectal Temperature in Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops aduncus). Aquatic mammals 37: 433-442.
  • Sun Q, Morikawa H, Ueda K, Miyahara H, Nakashima M (2011) Bending Properties of Tail Flukes of Dolphin. Journal of Biomechanical Science and Engineering 6: 15-25.
  • Von Lieven AF, Uni S, Ueda K, Barbuto M, Bain O (2011) Cutidiplogaster manati n. gen., n. sp. (Nematoda: Diplogastridae) from skin lesions of a West Indian manatee (Sirenia) from the Okinawa Churaumi
  • Takahashi H, Ueda K, Itano-Nakagawa E, Yanagisawa M, Murata Y, Murata M, Yaguchi T, Murakami M, Kamei K, Inomata T, Miyahara H, Sano A, Uchida S (2010) Candida albicans and C. tropicalis Isolates from the Expired Breathes of Captive Dolphins and Their Environments in an Aquarium. Veterinary Medicine International. Volume 2010, Article ID 349364, 12 pages (
  • Sun Q, Morikawa H, Kobayashi S, Ueda K, Miyahara H, Nakashima M (2010) Structure and Mechanical Properties on Tail Flukes of Dolphin. Journal of Aero Aqua Bio-Mechanisms 1: 45-50.
  • Sun Q, Morikawa H, Kobayashi S, Ueda K, Miyahara H, Nakashima M (2010) Structure and Bending Properties of Central Part of Tail Fin of Dolphin. Journal of Biomechanical Science and Engineering 5: 388-398
  • Suzuki M, Uchida S, Ueda K, Tobayama T, Katsumata E, Yoshioka M, Aida K (2003) Diurnal and annual changes in serum cortisol concentrations in Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins Tursiops aduncus and killer whales Orcinus orca. General and Comparative Endocrinology 132: 427–433.
  • Ayako Sano, Makio Yanagisawa, Ayumi Asato, Keiichi Ueda: Special Feature of Fungal Disease Observed in Case Examples, Skin Infection of Manatees due to Fusarium (Fusarium solani complex), Journal of the Veterinary Medicine. 66:194-200, 2013.
  • Desire To Work with Animals! (1) Zoo and Aquarium Occupation of Presenting Living Creatures pp38-39. Gakken, 2006
  • Marine Animal Aquarium Biology of Breeding and Displaying, pp183-187, Tokai University Press, 2010
  • Tomita, T., Toda, M., Miyamoto, K., Oka, S., Ueda, K., and Sato, K. 2018 Development of the lunate-shaped caudal fin in white shark embryos. The Anatomical Record.

Affiliated academic society

  • The Japanese Society of Veterinary Science
  • Japan Veterinary Medical Association
  • The Japanese Society for Medical Mycology
  • Japan Rehabilitation Care Association
  • Japan Placenta Association