Department of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Ethics

General Description of the Department

We have been devoting ourselves to clinical practice, education and research related to psychiatric disorders since the Department of Neuropsychiatry was established in April, 1983. In 2002, the department was integrated and renewed as University of Yamanashi, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Ethics.
Clinics: Clinical services have been offered mainly for patients with affective disorders; now the scope has been expanded for a range of psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorders, eating disorders, major neurocognitive disorders and substance use disorders. We also serve to offer consultation-liaison psychiatry and palliative care in cooperation with other clinical departments, and represent one of the handful places in Japan where general genetic counseling is provided by certified experts.
Education: Our mission is to provide accurate information on mental disorders and convey the fact that psychiatry is a field of high clinical importance as well as tremendous academic interests. Evidence-based education is expected to afford sustainable, unbiased knowledge for all medical students irrespective of their future specialties and careers.
Research: We are in charge of both clinical and basic research regarding psychiatric disorders and behavioral disturbances. Our approach includes, but is not limited to, neuropsychopharmacological, neuroimaging, neuropathological, genetic, cell-biological and pharmaco-behavioral analyses.

Staff Members

Professor: Takefumi SUZUKI, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Diagnostics, Management and Neuropsychopharmacology in General
Associate Professor: Akihiko NUNOMURA, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Neuropathology, Neurobiology in Age-related Neurodegenerative Disease
Associate Professor (Health Care Center): Manabu SHINOHARA, M.D.
Health Care, Clinical Psychiatry
Lecturer: Hiroki ISHIGURO, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry, Clinical Genetics, Palliative Care, Molecular Biology in Psychiatric Diseases
Lecturer: Toshio TAMAOKI, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Psychiatry, Neurobiology in Age-related Neurodegenerative Diseases
Assistant Professor: Takuji UEMURA, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry, Molecular Biology in Psychiatric Disease
Assistant Professor: Takashi HIRATA, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Psychiatry, Electroconvulsive therapy, Psychiatric Genetics
Assistant Professor: Kazuyuki YASUDA, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Psychiatry, Neuroimaging Analyses, Electroconvulsive therapy
Assistant Professor: Masataka OTSUKI, M.D.
Clinical Psychiatry, Electroconvulsive therapy
Assistant Professor: Keita KOBAYASHI, M.D.
Clinical Psychiatry

General Description of Our Research Effort

Clinical neuropsychopharmacology in general

Systematic approaches to treating refractory mood disorders

Systematic approaches to treating dementia and related disorders

Neuroimaging on mechanisms of action of neuromodulatory treatments

Molecular exploration on candidate genes of psychiatric disorders and temperaments