Research Programs of Participating Faculty

Akizumi Tsutsumi, MD

Professor and Chair
Department of Public Health
Email: publichealth@med.kitasato-u.ac.jp
Tsutsumi
Public health

Dr. Tsutsumi is a leading researcher of occupational stress and is engaged in several international committees, including the International Commission on Occupational Health (past chair of Scientific Committee of Cardiology in Occupational Health) and Chair of the International Collaborations Committee of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine. He has long focused on occupational health, and is extending his efforts to psychosocial factors and actions that affect health, along with the social determinants of health that are difficult to solve by the health sector alone. Through epidemiology that targets humans as a pillar of research methodology, he is motivated to contribute to society through the use of “practical science” derived from research results. Currently, his laboratory also aims to elucidate the mechanisms of social disparity in workers’ health, the health effects of occupational stress and its prevention, and the health effects of workers affected by corporate culture.
 
Research areas:
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Research
Department of Public Health

Public health aims to improve the health of a group of people through organized community efforts (Winslow, 1920). The target area is broad, and includes legislation and institutional reform to respond to new health problems such as prevention of diseases, rehabilitation into society, streamlining of medical systems, proper allocation of medical resources, infectious diseases, and disaster medical care. We formulate, implement, evaluate, and improve plans for these issues based on epidemiological data.
 
Currently, our main research field is occupational health. Our research interests extend to psychosocial factors and actions that affect health, along with the social determinants of health that are difficult to resolve by the health sector alone. With epidemiology that targets humans as a pillar of research methodology, we aim to contribute to society through the use of “practical science” derived from research results.
 
The philosophy of Kitasato University School of Medicine emphasizes preventive medicine. Based on this philosophy, each member of our department challenges a range of research topics according to their interests, including: elucidation and control of the mechanisms of social disparity in workers’ health; the health effects of occupational stress and its prevention; the health effects on workers affected by corporate culture; how to support the employment of people with acquired disability and patients with intractable diseases; and workers with chronic kidney disease.
 
Research Areas
Health effects of occupational stress and its prevention
Elucidation and control of the mechanisms of social disparity in workers’ health
Psychosocial factors in the workplace and their health effects
Health effects on workers affected by the corporate culture in small and medium enterprises
Improvement of efficiency of obstetric medicine and reduction of anxiety for pregnant women
Measures against new strains of influenza
Employment support for people with acquired disabilities
Employment support for patients with cancer
Occupational health for health professionals
Workers with chronic kidney disease
Mental health measures in companies
Anti-alcohol measures in companies
Work-life balance