Our laboratory consist of several section with members from a variety of backgrounds including medicine, life sciences, engineering, pharmacy, linguistics, pedagogy and the arts, all working together on a wide range of brain science studies from brain dynamics to functional brain imaging research.
The Dept. Functional Brain Imaging: Focusing on functional brain imaging and social technology. In functional brain imaging research, our interest is the “human mind” where we elucidate the neural underpinnings of cognitive functions, such as perception, memory, motor, linguistic and emotional processes, to reveal the mechanism of the mind that survives the complicated physical and social environment around us. In social technology research, we approach education and social welfare from the viewpoint of brain science in order to improve and maintain brain functions of not only the elderly, but to better foster the healthy development in children.
The Dept. of Ubiquitous Sensing: Established to advance research and development of methods and technologies for decoding human mental states with the purpose of enhancing our daily life. We achieve our goals by combining multimodal measurements of functional brain activities, eye-related signals, autonomous nervous indices, physical motions, and verbal activities.
The Dept. of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience: Focusing on how the brain develops and matures in healthy children, as well as children with cognitive impairment(s) from the perspective of brain structures and functions using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in relation to their lifestyle.
In addition, we play a vital role in expanding our research and studies across borders and industries through three main gateways:
The Dept. of Project Programs: Established in April 2011 as part of a reorganization plan to promote special projects in aging research. Since its establishment, five special project groups have been created: the IKAWA Group, the KOBAYASHI Group, the FUNAHASHI Group, the TAKAO Group and finally the SHOJI Group.
SAIRC Tokyo Liason Office: The Smart Aging International Research Center (SAIRC) Tokyo Liaison Office is in charge of the "Tohoku University Smart Aging College (SAC)" in Tokyo, which consists of 40 faculty members from both the arts and sciences to promote “healthy longevity” in the private sector by promoting innovation of companies.
Smart-Aging Research Center (S.A.R.C.): The center’s goal is to use IDAC’s database of large-scale brain MRI images to clarify the development and aging form of the brain from the side of it’s function. In the future, we want to bring our work closer to benefit society through industry-university cooperation, and to use the results of our collaboration with the sole purpose of preventing dementia.
Scientists are strongly encouraged to create new approaches and strategies to achieve “Smart Aging” by solving miscellaneous problems and obstacles. In order to accomplish this, we are promoting inter-disciplinary collaboration in the fields of biological, medical, and social sciences to create a form of science that specifically focuses on aging.
An English based event that brings together some of the brightest young minds from across all the IDAC laboratories and departments to discuss breakthrough ideas. This event will take place on February 3, 2017 from 13:00 – onward at the 1st Floor Smart Aging International Research Center, IDAC and will also include the 24th Young Investigator Award Ceremony.