Dr Takahashi graduated in 1992 from Hokkaido University in Japan. He worked for five years as a clinician at the Racehorse Hospital of the training center of the Japan Racing Association (JRA). In 1997 he started working at the JRA Equine Research Institute, and currently he is head of the Sports Science Division of this institute. In 2007, he obtained a PhD on biomechanics and epidemiology of tendon injury in racehorses at Hokkaido University. His current research interests are in biomechanics, tendon and ligaments, EMG, and the epidemiology of limb injuries in racehorses.