Professor Kadomatsu graduated in Medicine in 1982 and gained his PhD in Surgery in 1989 from Kyushu University. From 1982 to 1989 he was first Resident and then Surgeon within Pediatric Surgery at Kyushu University Hospital, Fukuoka. He joined Kagoshima University in 1988 as a Research Associate, working closely with Professor Muramatsu. During that time he was also Research Fellow at National Cancer Institute at the NIH in Maryland, USA. In 1993 he joined Nagoya University as Research Associate, becoming Assistant Professor in 1994 and then Associate Professor in 1996. In 1998 he received the Young Investigator Award from the Japanese Biochemical Society for the ‘Discovery of midkine and its functional analysis’. He was appointed to his current role as Professor of Biochemistry, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Nagoya University in 2004.
Professor Kadomatsu is the author on over 200 peer-reviewed publications, with more than 100 on the functions and properties of midkine. He is also inventor on a number of MK patents worldwide.