Niigata University of Health and Welfare

Major in Medical and Rehabilitation Sciences
Field of Prosthetics & Orthotics and Assistive Technology


The “Support for Self-Reliance”, which is our aim in the Field of Prosthetics & Orthotics and Assistive Technology, not only aims to achieve partial functional improvement, but also supports the elderly and people with physical disabilities through the utilization of prostheses and welfare devices so that they may live on their own in all life scenarios. This field offers the possibility of analyzing scientific evidence pertaining to the human body and aims to train highly specialized professionals capable of providing multifaceted support to the targeted individuals in terms of their QOL and self-reliance. This is conducted through the collaboration with specialized professionals such as medical doctors, physiotherapists and occupational therapists and human resources capable of applying the results of research to the creation and adaptation of prostheses and welfare devices.


We educate human resources who will possess not only production-oriented skills in medicine and welfare devices but also the ability to cooperate with other types of professionals. The teaching staff possesses a variety of skills and plays an active and leading role overseas. Most professors have engaged in a kind of international activities (e.g. studying abroad, education, activities with NGOs) and hence can provide proper advice to the students who are interested in working abroad.
For the first time in Japan, we have opened a course on shoes and gait. Ahead of all graduate schools throughout the country, we started a “the Human Science of Shoes” in anticipation of the future fusion of expertise in the manufacturing of shoes and prostheses.


We use state-of-the-art tools made in Germany or in the Netherlands. We consider ourselves as one of the best institutions in the world in terms of the number of machines and the breadth of working space per student.

Master’s Degree

Master of Rehabilitation Science (M.Rehab.Sc.) in Prosthetics and Orthotics

Examples of Research Topics

  1. Basic and applied research on all prostheses and welfare equipment in general
  2. Research on the analysis of dynamic burdens on the body
  3. Research on energy consumption by muscles, using rigid-link models and muscle mechanics models
  4. Research on Shoes adjustment science
  5. Research on Development and evaluation of functional arch support (shoe insole) and footwear
  6. Research on Lower extremities orthosis for hemiplegia
  7. Research on Foot pressure (F-scan) analysis
  8. Research on Motion and Gait analysis
  9. Research on Muscular-skeletal simulation
  10. Research on Mechanical energy calculation
  11. Research on Human body balance analysis
  12. Research on Sports biomechanics
  13. Research on Prosthetic and orthotic gait analysis
  14. Research on Motion capture
  15. Research on Collaborative science in health and welfare
  16. Research on Rehabilitation for spinal cord injury
  17. Research on Database for spinal cord injury
  18. Research on Complication of spinal cord injury
  19. Research on Rehabilitation for cerebral vascular accident
  20. Research on Inter-professional education (IPE)
  21. Research on Virtual case module database for IPE
  22. Research on lower limp prosthetic socket fitting conditions with the use of kinesthetic sensors
  23. Research on the knee joint of above-knee prostheses
  24. Research on CAD/CAM systems
  25. Research on Orthosis therapy for children
  26. Research on bottom shape of the lower extremity orthosis

Teaching Staff

Kaoru Abe / Professor / CPO., Ph. D. (Chair)
Practice of shoes human science, Shoes adjustment science, Development and evaluation of functional arch support (shoe insole) and footwear, Lower extremities orthosis for hemiplegia, Foot pressure (F-scan) analysis

Yoshihiro Ehara / Professor / Ph. D.
Biomechanics, Motion analysis, Gait analysis, Muscular-skeletal simulation, Mechanical energy calculation, Human body balance analysis, Sports biomechanics, Prosthetic and orthotic gait analysis, Shoes analysis, Motion capture

Akira Magara / Professor / M. D., Ph. D.
Collaborative science in health and welfare, Rehabilitation for spinal cord injury, Database for spinal cord injury, Complication of spinal cord injury, Rehabilitation for cerebral vascular accident, Inter-professional education (IPE), Virtual case module database for IPE

Yukio Agarie / Professor / CPO., M. E.
Study to identify lower limp prosthetic socket fitting conditions with the use of kinesthetic sensors (three dimensional forces), Study related to prosthetic & orthotic fitting

Minoru Murayama / Lecturer / CPO., Ph. D.
Lower limb orthosis, Orthotic therapy for stroke patients

Masaru Kanda / Lecturer / MPT, RPT, Ph. D, OMT
Spinal disorder (Low back pain, Neck pain), Clinical Reasoning, Manual Therapy and therapeutic exercise for patients with musculoskeletal dysfunction, KEOMT National Instructor

Yu Maeda / Lecturer / CPO., Ph. D.
Research on the Fitting of Prosthetic Socket and Gait, Research on 3D technology in prosthetics and orthotics

Hironori Suda / Lecturer / CPO., Ph. D.
Research on alignment evaluation of lower limb prosthetic, Research on application of 3D technology in prosthetics and orthotics, Research on operational efficiency of body powered upper limb prosthetic.

Takahiro Go / Lecturer / CPO., Ph. D.
Research on the prosthetic gait analysis with motion capture, Research on the design of trans tibial prosthetic sockets with 3D digital technology