Dong Hoon Shin MD, PhD, MS. Lab of Bioanthropology, Paleopathology and History of Diseases, Department of Anatomy/Institute of Forensic Science, Seoul National University College of Medicine, 103 Daehak-ro (Yongon-dong), Jongno-gu, Seoul 03080, South Korea. E-mail: email@example.com(DH Shin); TEL: +82-2-740-8203; FAX: +82-2-745-9528
2nd Call for Abstracts
We politely ask you to join in our session proposal for upcoming 2018 IPPA congress. We already had our own paleopathology session in previous 2014 IPPA meeting (“Paleopathology in Asia” session). This session is the update of the studies after then on. Please send your abstract to us if you hope to join in our session.
Organizers: Drs. Hisashi Fujita (Niigata College of Nursing, Japan) and Dong Hoon Shin (Seoul National University, South Korea)
Session Title: Recent Progress in Paleopathology of Asia
Abstract: Recently, paleopathology has been established in Asia as the indispensable research for revealing ancient people’s health and disease status by studies on the tissues remnant in archaeologically obtained biological specimens.…
Paleopathology has been an important part of anatomists’ researches, mainly focusing on the diseases affecting the human populations in history. By scientific studies carried out on the ancient samples, it can improve our understanding of the health and disease status of our ancestors. Nevertheless, it is also true that more academic experiences still have to accumulate for the accurate interpretation of bioanthropological results. More cases about ancient diseases must be reported from the skeletons or mummies discovered worldwide. Newly emerging techniques should be applied more actively to the related bioanthropological cases. And a review of the ethical aspects is also needed for successful research. It is thus the purpose of this special issue to consider the latest accomplishments of paleopathological and bioanthropological studies and its related novel techniques. As the accurate interpretation of the biomedical signs which remained on ancient specimens requires the reference …
I am joining in organization and moderation (with Dr. Raffaella Bianucci, University of Warwick) of the 22nd European Meeting of the Paleopathology Association (PPA) that will be held in Zagreb from 28th August to 1st September 2018.
Symposium 2. The ecology of climate change and infectious diseases: a gateway between past and present
Symposium organizers and moderators: Dr. Raffaella Bianucci (University of Warwick) and Dr. Dong Hoon Shin (Seoul National University)
Long before the aetiological agents of several infectious pathogens were discovered in the 19th century, humans were aware that climatic factors affect epidemic diseases. Infectious agents – viruses, bacteria, protozoa and multicellular parasites – vary greatly in size, type and mode of transmission, their life cycles being climate-adapted. Therefore, changes in climatic conditions (i.e. temperature, precipitation, and sea level rise) and climate variability may …
Published as peer reviewed paper ("Identification of proteins from 4200-year-old skin and muscle tissue biopsies from ancient Egyptian mummies of the first intermediate period shows evidence of acute inflammation and severe immune response") in
We performed proteomics analysis on four skin and one muscle tissue samples taken from three ancient Egyptian mummies of the first intermediate period, approximately 4200 years old. The mummies were first dated by radiocarbon dating of the accompany-\break ing textiles, and morphologically examined by scanning electron microscopy of additional skin samples. Proteins were extracted, separated on SDS–PAGE (sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrop…
Abstract sent to 83rd Annual Meeting of Society for American Archaeology - Washington, DC April 11–April 15, 2018
Harappan Necropolis of Rakhigarhi, India: Archaeology and Bioanthropology
Yong Jun Kim 1, Nilesh Jadhav 2, Eun Jin Woo 3, Dong Hoon Shin 1 and Vasant Shinde 2
1. Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea 2. Dept of Archaeology, Deccan College PGRI, Pune, India 3. Dept of Oral Biology, Yonsei Univ, Seoul, South Korea
The number of Harappan cemeteries so far systematically surveyed is far less than that of contemporary settlements. Necropolis site at Rakhigarhi (India) was reported earlier but in small scale investigation. Our investigation for the last three seasons (2013 to 2016) was thus designed for improving this lacuna. We first classified each burial and analyzed statistically. The Harappan people practiced rather humble burial custom, but few were found differently and these burials look more socio-economically affordable than those found in typical…
Korean Association of Paleopathology and Osteoarchaeology (S Korea) and Japanese Association of Paleopathology will hold the Korea-Japan Paleopathology Forum on October, 2017.
Date: 2017/10/21 Venue: Tokyo (University of Tokyo)
>> Podium Presentations:
1. Eun Jin Woo, Hyunwoo Jung, Sunyoung Pak (Yonsei University College of Dentstry): Paleopathological study of a probablecase of treponematosis in a Joseon dynasty population.
2. Hiroshi Iijima, Shinji Harihara, Hitoshi Sumi, Kageyasu Takanashi, Yumi Ueda, Hata Junpei, Yohei Ishizawa, Lim Chun Ren, Ryo Matoba: DNA extaraction from ancient cremated bones using non-powdering sample pre-treatment method.
3. Jong Ha Hong, Chang Seok Oh, Min Seo, Dong Hoon Shin (Seoul National University): DNA Sequences of 18s rRNA and ITS2 genes obtained from ancient Trichuris trichiura eggs remained in Joseon Dynasty mummy coprolites.
4. Manabu Uetsuki: Horses in medieval Japan: paleopathological evidence of various usage.
Two research outcomes are presented in Annual meeting of Korean anatomists-.
Oct 18-20, 2017.
Pusan, South Korea
Genetic study of ancient Trichuris trichiura eggs in Joseon Dynasty specimens
Jong Ha Hong1, Chang Seok Oh1,2, Min Seo3,*, Dong Hoon Shin1,2,*
1Laboratory of Bioanthropology, Paleopathology and History of Diseases, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea; 2Institute of Forensic Science, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea; 3Department of Parasitology, Dankook University College of Medicine, Cheonan, South Korea; *Co-correspondences.
We analyzed Trichuris trichiura (T. trichiura) ancient DNA (aDNA) extracted from the feces or precipitates of 15th to 18th century Korean mummies. After multiple T. trichiura genes in ancient samples were successfully amplified by PCR, consensus sequences were determined by the alignment of individual…
Our new paper, "ASCARIS ANCIENT DNA SEQUENCES OF CYTOCHROME B, CYTOCHROME C OXIDASE SUBUNIT 1, NADH DEHYDROGENASE SUBUNIT 1 AND INTERNAL TRANSCRIBED SPACER 1 GENES FROM JOSEON MUMMY FECES OF KOREA" is published in Journal of Parasitology.
We analyzed Ascaris ancient DNA (aDNA) of cytochrome b (cyt b), cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 (COX1), NADH dehydrogenase subunit 1 (NAD1) and internal transcribed spacer 1 (ITS1) genes extracted from the feces or precipitates of 15th to 18th century Korean mummies. After multiple Ascaris genes in ancient samples were successfully amplified by PCR, consensus sequences could be determined by the alignment of the sequences of cloned PCR products. The obtained sequences of each gene were highly similar to those of Ascaris spp. reported thus far, but were genetically distinct from Baylisascaris, Parascaris, and Toxascaris spp. The current report establishes that the g…
Chang Seok Oh, my PhD student, got his PhD degree at last. Congrats-.
Introduction: The purpose of ancient DNA (aDNA) study is to provide scientific clues to the solution of various problems that have not been resolved through analysis of DNA extracted from ancient living organisms. However, since the soil of Korea is constituted such that bodies are likely to decay rapidly, aDNA extracted from bodies long-buried in tombs is usually considered to be in a poor preservation state; thus, it is likely that failure will be the result if the aDNA is used for genetic analysis. In this study, therefore, I tried to establish a method of aDNA analysis on human remains buried during the Joseon Dynasty. Also, I applied the established method to archeological samples for confirmation of whether or not aDNA analyses could be useful in the field of archaeological science.
Methods: The samples used for this study were ancient skeletal remains, teeth or mummified brains found in lime-soil mixture ba…
Previous paleoparasitological studies of Joseon specimens established that the prevalence of Taenia infection was not much different from that of the early 20th century Korean population. As many of taeniases originally diagnosed as Taenia saginata in South Korea were revealed to be actually Taenia asiatica, which share a common intermediate host with T. solium (the pig), Joseon people must have ingested raw pork frequently. However, the current examination of extant Joseon documents revealed that the population ate significant amounts of beef even if the beef ban was enforced; and pork was not consumed as much as we thought. Considering the meat consumption pattern at that time, Joseon people should have been infected by T. saginata more frequently than T. asiatica. This may suggest a low prevalence of T. saginata metacestod…