Research Groups Research Groups

Clinical epidemiology (WAGATSUMA Yukiko)

Clinical epidemiology has been evolved in modern medicine, based on two disciplines of clinical sciences and epidemiology. That helps to understand the conceptual gaps between structured experience of basic science and the more complex, open-ended problems arising for the care of patients. Based on the principals of clinical trials and the use of clinical epidemiology, we tried to provide the evidence towards improving the care of the patients.

Biostatistics (GOSHO Masahiko)

Biostatistics is an applied statistics for medical and biological researches. We aim to develop statistical methodologies for study design, data collection, and data analysis in these researches. We are also trying to solve any statistical issues arising in the process of the design, conduct, analysis, and evaluation of clinical studies. The research project of the graduate students in our group is "development of novel statistical methods for issues arising in medical researches, and evaluation of the performance of the statistical methods". Our group contributes to solve problems in human health using statistical approaches.

Legal Medicine (HONDA katsuya)

In our laboratory, we are developing a technique to diagnose the cause of death from medico-legal autopsy cases. We are based on here, and make full use of the discrimination of identity (DNA analysis) of the unidentified body, a biochemistry diagnosis from body fluid, blood gases examination, drug-poison detection, the highest technique including the harmful metal detection and promote the medical study to contribute crimeinvestigation from various aspects. From our laboratory, four post-graduated students who found work in a crime laboratory institute. We take pride in being the world’s best level in the DNA analysis four post-graduated students who found work in a crime laboratory institute. We take pride in being the world’s best level in the DNA analysis technology in particular. We welcome students who want to practice the study that can contribute to the maintenance of the social order.

Occupational Psychiatry /
Space Medicine Longevity medicine Endowed Chair (MATSUZAKI Ichiyo)

We are specialized in the prevention of work-related mental diseases. We has conducted various empirical and epidemiological studies on the risk factors for work-related diseases. Projects for regular students in doctoral or master’s programs are the following:

  • 1) Various mental disorder patients’ treatment in occupational health.
  • 2) Training on the technique for management worker’s mental and physical health issues as an industrial doctor.
  • 1) Various mental disorder patients’ treatment in occupational health.
  • 2) Training on the technique for management worker’s mental and physical health issues as an industrial doctor.
  • 3) Researches by the epidemiologic techniques.
    Study Programs for Short Stay Students (one week - one trimester) are the following:
  • 1) The health care for workers mainly on their mental health.
  • 2) Clinical psychiatry (Major depressive disorder, Adjustment disorder etc.)
  • 3) The issues on return-to-work support.

Health Care Policy and Health Economics (KONDO Masahide)

Our department, Health Care Policy and Management, aims to develop effective policy based on evidence from analysis and evaluation of issues among health system, health care management, and quality of health services with multidisciplinary approach including public administration, economics, epidemiology, environmental sciences, and international health. Recent major research projects include health economic analysis of infectious diseases control and cancer care. Research techniques such as cost-effectiveness analysis and market analysis of health services are mainly employed. Research projects on international health and development of tadaptation programme for global warming based on health impact assessment are also being conducted.

Health Services Research (TAMIYA Nanako)

Health services research is a multidisciplinary science that analyzes through empirical analysis, from a comprehensive and scientific perspective, the quality of the medical care (including health care, nursing and welfare) from several points of view, including the structure (Policy, staffing, facility, budget, insurance, health system, etc.), process (Utilization, accessibility, referral under health system, etc.) and outcome (QOL, cost, satisfaction, ADL, well-being, survival, etc.). Our research group, not only study the arrangement of the medical care field alone, but also the multidisciplinary points of view of policy, law, economics, sociology, anthropology and so on, incorporating effectively their fruits, in order to achieve better medical services for all people, and aiming to help transmitting their success inside and outside the country, and with this, improving the quality of service “achieving medical care in harmony with life”

Gerontological Nursing & Caring (HASHIZUME Yumi)

Having been faced super aging society, we are striving useful research and educational activities for elderly people and their families, and all aging population who are in need of caring. I am interested in the following theme and our group are good at mixed method with qualitative research method such as Grounded Theory Approach. Medical, and social-welfare profession including nurses, public health nurses or home visiting nurses with clinical experiences are welcomed.

  • 1. Mental health for professional female carers of frail elderly parent
  • 2. Balancing work and family life
  • 3. Supporting middle-aged couples (foreign bride and Japanese spouse) who take care of aging family members
  • 4. Gender issues on family caregiving
  • 5. Family caregiving in Mongolia
  • 6. Toyamagata-day service

Global Public Health (ICHIKAWA Masao)

“The existing gross inequality in the health status of the people, particularly between developed and developing countries as well as within countries, is politically, socially, and economically unacceptable and is, therefore, of common concern to all countries.” (The Declaration of Alma-Ata, September 1978) With this statement in mind, we have conducted action-oriented researches into global public health problems among socially disadvantaged and vulnerable population. Making change happen is difficult but we believe it is possible through scientifically sound research. Current topics of our research include injury prevention, safety and health promotion and communication in Japan and other Asian countries.

International Community Care and Life-span Development :
Empowerment Sciences (ANME Tokie)

The notion of empowerment is a useful concept and method, which can cross national and cultural boundaries to be utilized in many different situations. Our lab designed such a framework of community empowerment for life span development, and applied to programs in other countries, with special attention to local cultural values. Participation by and empowerment of the people in areas of health promotion, family caregiving, housing, and community development will be examined. This is offered in the hope that we may be able to create communities that can meet their own needs, in an interdependent manner that draws on many levels of contribution to make lives worth living across the lifespan, regardless of where we live.

Social Psychiatry & Mental Health (SAITO Tamaki)

Research (100〜120 words): Department of Social Psychiatry & Mental Health looking into the causes and solutions of sociopathological phenomena such as alcoholism, drug abuse, hikikomori (social withdrawal), non attendance at school, child abuse, domestic violence and community care, through psychiatric evidence and field work.. Main recent achievements are as follows.Assessment tools of problematic behaviors. Structured Interview of Disorder of Extreme Stress not Other Specified-Japanese version.; Sexual Behavior Checklist for ASD; Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol II-Japanese version, The Scale of Self–efficacy to cope with drug dependence; Stimulant Relapse Risk Scale.Development of programs of problematic behaviors Attachment based program for a child and care worker in child welfare facilities.

Social Psychiatry & Mental Health (MORITA Nobuaki)

I looking into the causes and solutions of social psychiatric problems such addiction( alcohol use disorder, drug abuse, gambling disorder etc.) child abuse, domestic violence and suicide, PTSD,through psychiatric evidence and field work.. Main recent achievements are as follows.

Research on child abuse and DV : development of child abuse risk assessment application and site using national survey database, national child consultation center investigation, program for child abuse perpetrators, DV perpetrator program, Psychoeducation of trauma informed care for DV victims, Concurrent program for mother and children exposed to DV

Research on addiction: Research on rehabilitation by community cooperation for people with drug problems, development of support programs for families of addiction, recovery programs for cases with problems of both trauma and addiction. Development of screening tests for gambling disorders,

Livelihood Support Science (MIZUNO Tomomi)

Livelihood Support Science is mainly engaged in research and activities on how to support the lives of children, people with disabilities, and the elderly. Particular emphasis is placed on activities and research to support children with developmental disabilities, activities and research to support the accessibility of people with disabilities, and activities and research to support children and beggars with disabilities around the world. We are conducting research using a fieldwork approach to identify barrier-free conditions in various parts of the world and to collect data on the living environment of people with disabilities and children.