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The importance of mental health is repeatedly reported in the media as WHO suggests the relevance in the 21st century. I feel that we, psychiatrists and mental health professionals, need to accept the meaning with sincerity, understand mental disorders in a deeper way, and focus on overcoming them. In order to improve quality of life among patients with mental disorders, it is imperative to conduct studies.
We have a history of making a strong effort to clinical researches that can improve clinical practices from tomorrow. Taking advantage of this history, we undertake clinical researches to give back more to patients.
Fortunately, each research group actively conducts clinical researches. Our department publishes dozens of English original articles per year. (Link to our publication. http://www.ncupsychiatry.com/jp/research/publications.html)
Our main research interests
Psychotherapeutic interventions (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy), Psycho-oncology・Palliative medicine, Consultation-liaison psychiatry,
Evidence-based psychiatry, Clinical psychopharmacology, Child and adolescent psychiatry, Psycho-education and family support, Neuropsychology・Geriatric psychiatry, Epilepsy・Clinical electroencephalography, Neuro imaging
We undertake research every day to provide better mental care and treatment. The activities of each group are explained below.
We hold a monthly using incident process method, and share new cases to formulate treatment strategies of them. Our main researches in recent years are family psycho-education based on problem-solving therapy to the parents of children with autism spectrum disorder and the truant students.
Along with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), we work on psychotherapies including interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), psycho-education and family support、eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). We also conduct clinical researches of CBT to clarify what is truly beneficial for patients.
Focusing on psycho-oncology, which deals with psychosocial distress in cancer care, we engage in a wide range of clinical practice, research and education including palliative care, consultation-liaison psychiatry, and so on. We mainly conduct researches that contribute to improve cancer patients’ quality of life.
Focusing around neurocognitive disorder, we undertake research on neuroimaging, mechanism study in neuropsychological approach, research to develop an assessment tool for behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), research to elucidate pathological condition of BPSD and research on developing non-pharmacological interventions to improve family caregiver’s quality-of-life.
We regularly have a journal club to read articles by John Hughlings Jackson and case conferences. In case conferences, we consider each case based on electroencephalographic findings in epilepsy and mental disorders.
We conduct researches related to pathological conditions of mental disorders and neural basis of treatment effects. We have functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and various kinds of image analyzing software in our hospital. Brain imaging work in the psychiatric field is a hot topic.
We conduct researches to create evidences regarding to pharmacological treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders that are truly beneficial in clinical practice. As for a high impact study, we conducted the meta-analysis to clarify the efficacy and acceptability of new-generation antidepressants. (Comparative efficacy and acceptability of 12 new-generation antidepressants: a multiple-treatments meta-analysis. Cipriani A, Furukawa TA, et al. Lancet 2009)
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