Research Areas

Department of
Psychiatry
Representative:
Professor Hiroki Ozawa
Psychiatry
Outline
Social Psychiatry
We have investigated people of Nagasaki city as a member of WHO (World Health Organization). The mental state of people who experienced Mt Fugen disaster or atomic bombings is one of the our interesting. Our surveys revealed the prevalence of depression and so on in Japan. This is an important evidence as a result of large-scale epidemiological survey in Japan. Also we found that the prognosis of schizophrenia is not poor. In this way, we are contributing not only to Nagasaki but also to mental health in Japan.

Biological Psychiatry
Our main research theme is twin studies, that is, they are schizophrenia while one is a monozygotic, one who is healthy. Many genetic differences are detected and we are checking them on by one.
Recently, Associate Professor Kurotaki Naohiro has gained a high reputation by conducting genetic research using relatives married family.
We are planning human genome analysis and epigenetics analysis to approach the characteristics of individuals involved in mental illness and mental health.

Clinical Psychiatry
The field of clinical research ranging from psychopathology, psychoanalysis, clinical psychopharmacology, imaging diagnostic research, judicial psychiatry, etc. Each group carrying out their own research.
Forgetfulness team is researching about clinical pharmacology targeting vascular dementia and they have also researched about Alzheimer's disease and Lewy body dementia using MRI and SPECT.
In child adolescent outpatient's team, we are conducting neuropsychological research and imaging research on developmental disorders.
In the liaison outpatient's team, we are trying to reexamine from the clinical pharmacological point of view of drug therapy against delirium.
Each clinical research is not aimed only at gathering clinical data, but it is the ultimate purpose of improving clinical practice skills through research and returning it to patients.