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Research Center for Neurological Diseases and Geriatrics


The Research Center for Neurological Diseases and Geriatrics was founded in 1990. As a top-class research institute it brings together the qualities of basic medicine, clinical medicine, and social medicine. One of the main purposes of the institute is to clarify the aging mechanism. 


Basic medicine consists of departments for cell biology, clinical condition/pathology, and neurochemistry/molecular genetics. The Clinical Medicine side includes the Neurology and Gerontoly department, and the Social Medicine side includes the Social Medicine/Humanity Department, who conducts research on aging in concert with one other.
Among them, the Neurology Department of the Clinical Medicine side has an outpatient clinic and an in-patient ward in the University Hospital, where it gives diagnoses and treatments to all patients relating to neurology.

Subject diseases

The subject diseases in the Research Institute for Neurological Diseases and Geriatrics are indeed diseases related to aging such as cerebral vascular disturbance, mental deterioration represented by Alzheimer’s disease and neuro-degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease. The institute also handles incurable neural diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and muscle dystrophy.
As the 21st century is called the “Century of the Brain “, future brain research will focus on continuing the development of treatments on a global scale. In these times, the role to be played by Research Institute for Neurological Diseases and Geriatrics has become increasingly important.

Installation Passage

November, 1990: Fundamental Medical Studies, Clinical Medical Studies opened.
April, 1991: Department of Neurology and Gerontology opened.
April, 1997: Department of Humanities and Social Sciences opened.
January, 1998: Department of Pathology and Applied Neurobiology, full-time professor hired.
March, 1999: Research institute facilities improved in the Basic Medicine builing.


Hiroshi Takenaka / President

Summary by department

Basic Medicine Department of Basic Geriatrics Basic studies for neurodegenerative diseases such as Parikinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease increased morbidity with aging.
(Issue) Researches of cell pathology for degenerative neurologic disorders, and studies on the hypothalamic and limbic function in the brain such as stress responses and food intake.
Department of Pathology and Applied Neurobiology Basic biological and pathological study related to neurological diseases and geriatrics.
(Issue) Multiple approaches covering from gene of cerebral nerve to protein and cell/tissue level of babies to geriatrics.
Clinical Medicine Division of Neurology and Gerontology Clinic research centering on neuro-internal medicine for the purpose of early diagnosis, medical treatment and prevention for common disorders (cerebral vascular disturbance, mental deterioration, etc.) of the elderly.
(Issue) Internal medicine related to senile mental deterioration (cerebral vascular mental deterioration and Alzheimer type mental deterioration), cerebral vascular disturbance and neurodegenerarive disease.
Social Medicine Department of Social Medicine and Cultural Sciences Epidemiologic and social medical research related to cerebral vascular disturbance related to aging and about long life/Aging.
(Issue) Local community-based epidemiologic research on apoplexy and mental deterioration and improvement of the elderly life.
Medical care department (located inside the affiliated hospital) Neurology and Gerontology
(Department of Neurology and Gerontology)
Medical care centering on cerebral vascular disturbance and neurological disorder.
Diagnosis and medical treatment especially for diseases with aging such as apoplexy, mental deterioration (cerebral vascular dementia, Alzheimer's type senile dementia, etc.) and Parkinson’s disease.

602-8566 Kyoto-shi, Kamigyo-ku Kajii-cho,
Kawaramachi-Hirokoji, JAPAN