Taking advantage of my experience in conducting epidemiological surveys and support for the mental health of evacuees after the Great East Japan Earthquake (GEJE) and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident, I will continue health surveys and support activities for victims of GEJE in Miyagi Prefecture. Furthermore, I will conduct a higher quality analysis by comparing it with the same survey in Fukushima Prefecture, including the effects of the nuclear accident. In collaboration with Fukushima Medical University, we are also conducting a return support project of psychiatric inpatients mandatorily evacuated after the nuclear accident.
Japan is currently facing an urgent and serious health crisis due to the worldwide spread of COVID19. Such an emergency situation is similar to the unstable situation after the nuclear accident in the sense that it cannot be detected by all five senses and cannot forecast be terminated. We are also considering mental health and psychosocial support, which are crucial under these situations. Additionally, in collaboration with the department of psychiatry, I am also working on the basic biological research to elucidate the pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder, mood disorder, and schizophrenia using postmortem brain.
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