Dr. Akiko Harauma


Academic Degree(s)






Current Position

Associate Professor


Professional Experience

  • Lipid nutrition
  • Infant and maternal nutrition in the perinatal period


Education & Training

  • Behavior pharmacology using rodents
  • Analysis by GC and HPLC



  • Young Investigate Grant, International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids
  • New Investigator Award, International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids


Research Grants

Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)


Committee & Membership

  • International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids
  • Japan Society for Lipid Nutrition
  • The Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease


Selected Publication

  • Harauma A, Yasuda H, Hatanaka E, Nakamura N, Salem N Jr., Moriguchi Y, The essentiality of arachidonic acid in addition to docosahexaenoic acid for brain growth and function, Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids, 116 (2017) 9-18.
  • Hamazaki K, Harauma A, Tanabe S, Namai M, Moriguchi T, Inadera H, Association of serum n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids with psychological distress in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy: Adjunct Study of Japan Environment and Children’s Study, Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids, 114 (2016) 21-7.
  • Hatanaka E, Harauma A, Yasuda H, Watanabe J, Nakamura M, Salem N Jr., Moriguchi T, Essentiality of arachidonic acid intake in early development, Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids. 108 (2016) 51-7.
  • Yasuda H, Harauma A, Kato M, Ootomo Y, Hatanaka E, Moriguchi T, Artificially reared mice exhibit anxiety-like behavior in adulthood, Exp Anim 65 (2016) 267-74.
  • Harauma A, Sagisaka T, Horii T, Watanabe Y, Moriguchi T, The influence of n-3 fatty acid to material behavior and monoamine of brain in perinatal period, Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids, 107 (2016) 1-7.
  • Hamazaki K, Harauma A, Otaka Y, Moriguchi T, Inadera H, Serum n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and depression risk in early pregnancy: Adjunct case-control study of the Japan Environment & Children's Study, Translational Psychiatry, 6 (2016) e737.
  • Moriguchi T, Harauma A, Salem N Jr, Plasticity of Mouse Brain Docosahexaenoic Acid: Modulation by Diet and Age, Lipids, 48 (2013) 343-355.
  • Harauma A, Moriguchi T., Dietary n-3 fatty acid deficiency in mice enhances anxiety induced by chronic mild stress, Lipids, 46 (2011) 409-416.
  • Harauma A, Salem N Jr, Moriguchi T., Repletion of n-3 fatty acid deficient dams with alpha- linolenic acid: effects on fetal brain and liver fatty acid composition, Lipids, 45 (2010) 659-668.