|Takafumi Minamimoto received his PhD in Neuroscience from Osaka University in 2002 and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in 2008 at the National Institutes of Health, USA. He then joined the National Institute of Radiological Sciences in 2008, where he currently serves as Leader of the Systems and Neural Circuit Group at the Department of Functional Brain Imaging. His primary research interests include neural mechanism of motivation, emotion and decision-making. He is one of the pioneers in applying chemmogenetic techniques to nonhuman primates. He has successfully combined this technique with PET imaging to visualize and manipulate specific neural circuits, opening up new directions in understanding primate brain function.