Taking a light-hearted look at how ISSHP members spend their off duty hours! This time, it’s the turn of Shigeru Saito, Executive Committee ISSHP.

President, Japan Society for the Study of Hypertension in pregnancy (JSSHP) Professor, Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Toyama
Director, Toyama University Hospital

Professor S. Saito received a Bachelor of Medicine in 1980 from Nara Medical University, Japan, and a Ph. D. from Nara Medical University in 1985. During his postdoctoral period at Kyoto University Virus Center, he studied molecular biology and immunology, with a particular focus on cytokines. Since 1990 he has served as an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Nara Medical University. Since April 1998, he has been Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University. He is also one of the Editors-in-Chief of the Journal of Reproductive Immunology.

His research interests have centered primarily on understanding the immunology at the maternal and fetal interface with particular emphasis on the roles of cytokines and chemokines and the immune cells that produce them in reproduction and perinatal medicine.

He is also interested in regulatory T cells and regulatory NK cells, and he has studied the pathophysiology of preeclampsia, recurrent pregnancy loss, and preterm labor. He has worked at Toyama University Hospital as a clinician and has studied clinical investigation. In 2016, he was appointed as Director of Toyama University Hospital.

If you hadn’t become a doctor, is there any other career that you might have chosen instead?

Marine Biologist 

What’s your favourite food?


Favourite place?

Nara, the Old Capital of Japan 

Do you have a pet?

No, I lost a favourite dog. 

Favourite movie?

Action movies. 

Ideal Sunday morning?

To oversleep 

If you didn’t live in Japan, where else would you like to live?

The Republic of Maritius

Cooking for friends – what do you cook?

Fried noodles 

Stuck in a lift– alone or with others? Who?

With my staff members 

Favourite book?

Harry Potter 

Favourite song?

ABBA songs 

Chocolate or crisps?


Sun or snow?

Sun because we are having trouble with the big snow. 

Favourite gadget?

Gadget for fishing 

Favourite holiday?

Go to the sea 

Beatles or Rolling Stones?


Favourite sport or hobby?

Boat fishing 

Favourite movie actress?

Audrey Hepburn 

Apple or android (this relates to mobile devices not body shape …)


What would you like to invent?

Food medicine 

Pet hate