Professor Hiroyuki ARAI
Associate Professor Shoji OKINAGA

The Department of Geriatrics and Gerontology’s was established to find ways to manage and prevent: 1) cognitive decline and dementia, 2) swallowing and aspiration pneumonia and 3) falls and fractures. Geriatric medicine is an independent internal medicine division that specializes in the management of medical problems of the elderly, especially dementia, which constitutes a central part in the practice of geriatric medicine in order to support independence in the lives of the elderly.

Research Topics:
•Development of bio-fluid biomarkers in Alzheimer’s disease.
•Community-based prospective public health study.
•Pharmacological intervention of aspiration pneumonia in elderly people.
•Molecular imaging of amyloid and tau in living Alzheimer’s patients.
•Falls and age-associated sarcopenia.